Criminology at Bath Spa University - UCAS

Course summary

Investigate, scrutinise and understand the causes, consequences and responses to crime with our Criminology degree.

  • A programme of study which focuses on criminological, sociological and psychological perspectives of crime.
  • Examines crime, justice and punishment at local, national and transnational levels of society.
  • A theoretical and applied approach to criminology to develop your knowledge and skills.
Criminology explores the causes, motivations and patterns of crime. In addition to improving our knowledge and understanding of crime, criminology also considers responses to crime and informs policies and practices in policing, law, criminal justice and punishment. With our Criminology degree, you'll study crime from a variety of approaches, gain practical and relevant experience, and develop transferable skills that you can take into a range of careers and employment sectors.


In year one you’ll learn about the research traditions of criminology and be introduced to key concepts, theories and issues. You’ll investigate different types of crime and you’ll also learn about criminal law and criminal justice agencies and institutions. In year two you'll study contemporary debates in criminology and criminal justice and the history and development of policing, crime control and prevention. You can also choose from a number of optional modules to create a programme tailored to your personal interests. You can investigate the criminological imagination by exploring differing perspectives and theories within criminology. You can also study violent crimes such as homicide and robbery. In year three you’ll undertake an original piece of criminological research in an area that interests you and you’ll also be able to examine terrorism, punishment and penology and victimisation with our optional modules. You’ll have the choice to take our optional module in criminology which involves working with prison learners through a partnership with HMP Erlestoke. There will also be opportunities to undertake a voluntary placement in an organisation relevant to the criminal justice sector with our optional community engagement module.

Assessment method

We use a range of assessments to gain a comprehensive measure of your performance. Assignments may include essays, book reviews, examinations, portfolios, crime scene investigation reports, presentations, design of a non-custodial punishment, reflective writing, briefing papers and individual and group projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16905 Year 1
International £16905 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Criminology at Bath Spa University - UCAS