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Criminology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

One essay-based subject at A-level, or equivalent, is desirable. Specific subjects excluded for entry: Critical Thinking and General Studies. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Seventeen points (6, 6, 5) from Higher Level subjects required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

UCAS Tariff

136-160

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Criminology

Criminology is concerned with understanding crime, deviance and institutions of criminal justice.

Criminologists seek to answer questions like: why are some people more likely to commit or be victims of crime than others; how can crime be effectively prevented or controlled; and from a more critical perspective, how do particular activities become defined as “criminal” in the first place and what does this tells us about the nature of power and authority in society?

Overall, the course progressively develops your critical understanding of Criminology through the examination of key concepts and theories as well as substantive issues related to crime and criminal justice. Alongside this, the course teaches critical analytical and methodological skills to equip students with the practical expertise required to engage with and carry out Criminological research. As such, by the end of the course, graduates will be able to draw upon conceptual and empirical material to critically analyse complex Criminological issues in a scholarly fashion.

The degree is based on a modular structure, with students required to take the equivalent of six modules (some of which may be ‘double modules’) within each year. Over the course of the degree, modules become increasingly focused on specialist topics and issues, with the chance to undertake a Sociological research project on a specific topic of substantive interest in the final year of study.

Year 1
Students will develop knowledge and understanding of foundational concepts and issues related to crime, criminal justice and Criminological research, as a platform for study in years 2 and 3.

Compulsory modules:
Criminal Justice Landscape
Critical Scholarship in the Social Sciences
Introduction to Criminological Theory
Social Research Methods
Optional module:
Any open module to the value of 40 credits offered elsewhere in the Department or by another Board of Studies, including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.
Year 2
Students will develop their understanding of key issues in Criminological theory and research building on work completed during the first year of study. Students will also begin to study in detail various topics of substantive Criminological relevance that relate to the Department’s major research themes.

Compulsory modules:
Contemporary Criminological Theory
Research Methods in Action
Examples of optional modules:
Communities and Social Justice
Crime, Power and Social Inequalities
Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory
Police and Policing
Self, Identity and Society
Sociology of Education and Social Inequalities
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Violence and Abuse in Society
Any open module to the value of 20 credits offered elsewhere by another Board of Studies, including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Year 3
In the final year of study, students focus on detailed critical analysis and evaluation of salient social issues drawing upon conceptual knowledge and understanding developed over the previous two years of study. Students will also undertake an independent research project related to a specific area of Sociological interest through their dissertation thesis.

Compulsory module:
Dissertation
Examples of optional modules:
Community Placement
Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry
Cyberculture and Cybercrime
Inside Out: Issues in Criminal Justice
Social Policy
Sociology of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation
Sociology of Work and Professions
Feminist Anti-Violence Activism (short module)
Justice, Violence and Abuse (short module)
Youth in Crisis (short module)
Sociology of Mental Health (short module)
Sociology of Reproduction and Parenthood (short module)
Any open module to the value of 20 credits offered by another Board of Studies, including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:
Criminal Justice Landscape
Critical Scholarship in the Social Sciences
Classical Sociological Theory
Introduction to Criminological Theory
Social Research Methods

Optional Module:
Any open module to the value of 20 credits offered elsewhere in the Department or by another Board of Studies, including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:
Contemporary Criminological Theory
Research Methods in Action
Optional Modules Include:
Communities and Social Justice
Identity and Transgression
Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory
Police and Policing
Sociological Approaches to Violence and Abuse
Sociology of Education
Any open module to the value of 20 credits offered elsewhere in the Department or by another Board of Studies, including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study)

Year 3

Compulsory Module:
Dissertation

Optional Modules Include:
Community Placement
Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry
Cyberculture and Cybercrime
Drugs, Crime and Society
Social Policy
Sociology of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Sociology of Work and Professions
Rural Studies and Social Policy
Young People, Crime and Justice
Any open module to the value of 20 credits offered elsewhere in the Department or by another Board of Studies, including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study)

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£21,730
per year
International
£21,730
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

St Chad's College

St Mary's College

Grey College

St Cuthbert's Society

University College

Collingwood College

South College

Van Mildert College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Hatfield College

Stephenson College

Josephine Butler College

John Snow College

Trevelyan College

St John's College

St Aidan's College

No college preference

Department:

School of Applied Social Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
43%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Business, research and administrative professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

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£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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