Criminology at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

Why do people commit crime? Can anything be done to prevent it? How should offenders be punished? Criminology attempts to answer these questions through the exploration of the changing nature of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system. -Top 10 in the UK (The Times Good University Guide, 2023) -Home to The Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR) -Study abroad opportunities in Brazil, Canada or China You’ll develop your research skills to analyse complex topics including criminal behaviour, victimisation, and the future of social control. Your modules will be underpinned by up-to-date research from the Institute of Criminal Justice which will support you to understand the relationship between criminal justice scholarship, and policy, and practice. With a research-led approach you will graduate with the skills you need to contribute your unique perspective to the field of criminology. Specialist modules will help you steer your degree to a range of professional careers opening the door to further research, or careers in public service, criminal justice and beyond. You can also gain work placements within the prison, probation, or the police, service.


On our Criminology course you will explore how the nature of crime and punishment changes around the world and over time. Some of the modules you may study include Criminology Psychology; Class Structure and Social Inequality; and Penology For further module information visit

Assessment method

We’ll assess you using: -lectures -classes and tutorials -coursework -individual and group projects -independent learning (studying on your own) Your assessment breakdown, year by year: Year 1 Written exam - 48% Practical exam - 0% Coursework - 52% Year 2 Written exam - 30% Practical exam - 0% Coursework - 70% Year 3 Written exam - 30% Practical exam - 0% Coursework - 70%

How to apply

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Main Site - Highfield Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications please contact the Admissions Team at [email protected]

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £22300 Year 1
EU £22300 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Criminology at University of Southampton - UCAS