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Politics with Criminology Ulster University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

Important notice – campus change
This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course.

Our curriculum is based upon the research and scholarship of the staff team. We aim to encourage students to become research literate and have a strong understanding and appreciation of the research carried out within their discipline. Students are introduced to the central questions and discover how academics, including their own lecturers and professors, are trying to address them. Our research is used in the classroom to help develop the overall research literacy of the students. We aim to give our students the opportunity to gain the skills and ability to carry out independent research, to assess the merits of competing theories and explanations, to work as part of a team, and to effectively engage in policy debate with sensitivity to the views of others – all skills that are highly attractive to employers. This Politics with Criminology degree provides a detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary political analysis, an excellent training in social research methods, the ability to apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to real-life problems, and an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of political problems in society. The degree equips graduates for employment in a range of careers in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

Criminology forms the Minor component of this course. The Criminology component offers a range of ideas and theories from several different disciplines including law, public policy, social policy and economics. Students will examine mainstream concepts of criminology and criminal justice such as crime, victims, sentencing, policing and emergent ideas on equality and human rights. These, coupled with knowledge of institutions and structures, will provide students with a wider understanding of behaviour and activity within the criminal justice system.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L2M9
Institution code U20
Campus name Jordanstown
Campus code J

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BCC - BBC Applicants can satisfy the requirement for an A-Level Grade C by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM To include a minimum of 7 distinctions if the asking grades are set at BCC equivalent, or a minimum of 8 distinctions if they are set at BBC equivalent
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access Course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 65%.
Scottish Higher CCCCC - BBCCC
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Profile to include CGSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 - 25 points To include 12 points at higher level
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 English Grade H6 (Higher Level) or above, or Grade O4 (Ordinary Level) or above, if not sitting at Higher Level, is required.
Scottish Advanced Higher CDD - CCD

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4,275 Year 1
International £14,060 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,275 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fees displayed are for academic year 2019/20 and are subject to an incremental increase for academic year 2020/21. Further information about full time undergraduate fees can be found at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/undergraduate. If you are from England, Scotland or Wales and want to study a full-time undergraduate degree at Ulster University, you can take advantage of one of our special discounts, each year of your course. For further information visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/study-at-ulster/gb-students/discounts-for-gb-students

Provider information

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Cromore Road
Coleraine
BT52 1SA


Course contact details

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Registry and Admissions Office Coleraine

028 7012 4221

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