Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Policing

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Course summary

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Develop a critical understanding of current issues in both criminology and policing with our theoretical and practical modules. Jump-start your career in the criminal justice sector, or progress it to graduate level. Full description Study with a department ranked 8th in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2018) Feel supported by our close community of students and staff, including dedicated social media groups Learn from professional criminal justice practitioners through lectures, workshops and other activities Take part in events including field trips, guest lectures and our end-of-year Criminology Conference Join forces with PIER, our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, with links to local and regional forces and policing bodies and chief officers at local and national level Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing will allow you to balance an exploration of complex criminological perspectives with the practical application of policing skills and knowledge. By considering the relationship between society and the criminal justice system, and simulating real-life activities such as investigating crime scenes, you’ll develop skills that will help you succeed professionally in the police service, or in a policy-related / criminal justice agency environment. You’ll also develop skills in critical analysis and research methodologies, helping you become an independent learner with the ability to manage your own projects and research. As well as completing core modules in criminology and policing, our optional modules will give you the chance to develop specialisms in areas such as leadership and management, public policy, and issues concerning social and political inequality. On some modules, a significant part of your teaching will be delivered by policing and criminal justice practitioners - for example, 'Basic Criminalistics' will be delivered by former and active Crime Scene Investigators. Through our relationship with regional police forces and practitioners, you’ll also have opportunities to engage with professionals from the criminal justice sector through guest lectures (including those organised by our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region), workshop events, study trips and research projects. You may also have opportunities to work closely with local police forces, for example a student recently carried out research on police officer demographics and recruitment, sponsored by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Course details


Year one, core modules Introduction to Policing Crime News and Criminology Criminal Justice in England and Wales Policing Ethics Basic Criminalistics Year two, core modules Trials and Errors: Justice in Court Researching Policing Evidence-Based Policing Year two, optional modules Resilience and Emergency Management Theories of Deviance, Crime and Social Control Cultures of War Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Penology Violent Crime Protest and Activism Crime and Place: Geographic Criminology and Crime mapping Leadership and Management Year three, core modules Major Project Politics and Public Service Criminology in Policy and Practice Year three, optional modules Youth Justice Controversies Sex, Sex Offending and Society Race, Racism and Cultural Identity Investigative Psychology Capitalism, Power and the Discontented Invisible Crimes Comparative and Global Criminal Justice Concepts of Good and Evil Policing and Counter-terrorism Preparing for Work Optional modules available in years two and three Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed using a range of methods depending on the nature of the module. These include essays; portfolios; problem-solving activities; case studies; blogs; policy documents; presentations; and a major research project.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Criminology and Policing at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS