Abertay University

Criminology Abertay University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Criminology asks important questions about crime and society. How do we define crime? What are the causes of crime? What makes someone commit a criminal act and, by knowing this, can we prevent future crimes? Abertay's BA (Hons) Criminology provides you with a strong foundation for a range of careers, including policing, the prison service, criminal justice policy and practice, probation and victim support. Learn from research-active staff with expertise in policing, ethnicity, migration, youth crime, media representations, protest and theory. In year 4, you can choose to undertake a community work placement. Some students have gone on to be offered full-time jobs with their work placement employers after graduation.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Crime & Punishment; Classical Social Theory; Criminal Justice Processes; Theories of Crime & Deviance; Contemporary Criminological Theory; Police, Policing & Police work; Researching Society; Penal Institutions; Sociology Honours Project and Contemporary Issues in Criminological Research. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Criminal Law & Evidence; History & Social Change; Contemporary Social Issues; Controlling Crime; Introduction to Law; News, Truth & Power; The Social Construction of Surveillance & Cyber Crime; Sociology of Gender; Race, Ethnicity & Migration; Death, Killing & Conflict; Propaganda, PR & Misinformation; Screening Crime: From Detectives to Serial Killers; Political Sociology; Community Links; Policing & Criminal Justice in the 21st Century and Human Rights.

Assessment method

Students learn through an array of teaching modes including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work. Students will be assessed through a number of methods including supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, trust-and-honour examinations and reflective analyses. A wide variety of assessments will be used throughout the duration of the degree, including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations and a final year dissertation. Around one third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.

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 M9M9
Institution code A30
Campus name Abertay Campus
Campus code -

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 To include a literate subject

For entry into Year 2 we would look for ABB to include Sociology
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:-
Health & Social Care
Public Services
Travel & Tourism
Scottish Higher ABBB To include a literate subject
HNC (BTEC) D Entry into Year 1 with HNC (BTEC) Health & Social Care
HND (BTEC) D Entry into Year 2 with HND (BTEC) Health & Social Care
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points To include a literate subject at S5 or H4
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3 To include a literate subject
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB Entry into Year 2 to include Sociology or Modern Studies
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:-
Police Studies - Graded Unit A
Social Science - Graded Unit A

Entry into Year 1 with an HNC in one of the following:-
Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A
Counselling - Graded Unit A
Legal Services - Graded Unit A
Social Care - Graded Unit A
Social Services - Graded Unit A
Working with Communities - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:-
Legal Services - Graded Units AA
Social Science - Graded Units AA

Entry into Year 1 with an HND in one of the following:-
Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A
Counselling - Graded Unit A

Applicants should have:-
National 5/GCSE English at grade C/4
National 4 Maths or Lifeskill Maths (Pass) or National 5 numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at C
GCSE Maths or numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry at grade C/4

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1,820 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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