Explore the nature of crime, justice and punishment and prepare for a career in criminal justice and crime prevention by studying for our Criminology degree in Cambridge. Explore the causes of crime, the effectiveness of punishment, and how crime and victimisation are represented in the media. In doing so, you’ll challenge your existing opinions. You’ll also develop skills in evaluating contrasting evidence, critical thinking and crafting arguments by learning how sociologists, psychologists, political theorists and law experts approach crime and complex social problems. Our BA (Hons) Criminology course places value on hands-on learning. You'll learn through case studies, the latest research and interactive sessions – and you might also have the opportunity for field trips to courts, prisons and sites such as Auschwitz. We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU. Throughout your BA (Hons) Criminology degree, you’ll benefit from one-to-one personal tutoring and dedicated Criminology social media groups. Together, we’ll explore the causes of, responses to, and media representation of the most relevant crimes of today. These include violence against women and girls, crimes of the powerful, opportunistic crimes, war crimes, corruption and urban culture. You’ll prepare for your future career from the first semester: building a portfolio and CV, attending volunteer and employment fairs, taking part in our annual Criminology conference, and hearing from key figures in criminal justice debates and the authors of important criminology texts. What’s more, our links to local and national organisations, including Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire police forces, give you the chance to gain work experience, and lay the groundwork for your final-year research project. You could also take up a volunteering placement with organisations like Romsey Mill, a local charity committed to overcoming disadvantage, challenging injustice and promoting social inclusion with young people, children and families. You could enhance your CV by studying abroad for a semester – with funding on offer to help cover the cost. Once you’ve graduated, you can continue to develop your skills with one of our Masters degrees, such as MA Sociology or MA Criminology. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) Criminology students have the opportunity to:
- go on field trips in the UK and overseas
- study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
- choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest.
Year 1 core modules: Crime News and Criminology, The Evolution of Crime and Criminology, Criminal Justice in England and Wales, Media, Society and Crime. Year 2 core modules: Making A Difference, Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation, Ruskin Module, Violence, Masculinity and Confrontation. Year 2 optional modules: Cybercrime and Policing, Intoxicants and Intoxication, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Health Inequalities, Lessons Learned: Inquests, Tribunals and Truth, Dark Web Policing and Control, Violence, Gender and Victimisation, Using Linguistics: an introduction to forensic, clinical and computational linguistics, Anglia Language Programme. Year 3 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project, Youth, Crime and Aggression, Criminology and Policing in Policy and Practice. Year 3 optional modules: Comparative and Global Criminal Justice, Investigative Psychology, Organised Crime, Police and Counter-Terrorism, Feminist Debates and Activism, Concepts of Good and Evil, Sexuality and Social Control, Race, Racism and Cultural Identity, Politics and Social Media, Exploitation, Trafficking and Sexual Violence, Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.
We’ll assess your progress using a range of methods, including case studies, presentations, essays, short, weekly pieces of writing, portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations and group projects. You’ll receive constructive feedback throughout the course to help you improve your work.
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The following entry points are available for this course:
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We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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