Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice BA (Hons)

Please note: This course is currently under review; the course structure is subject to change.

Do you have an enquiring mind? Are you interested in why people commit crime or become victims of crime? If so, then this course could be for you. Discover the political, personal and social aspects of crime with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

The course goes that little bit further by including criminal justice and examining how offenders and victims are treated by the criminal justice system. The subject is developing rapidly as new areas of study open up for criminological investigation. You’ll explore issues concerning how crime is defined and managed in our society and will have the opportunity to specialise so that you can tailor your degree depending on the career path you are interested in, eg policing, the prison service or social work. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years (four years with sandwich year), Part-time: Usually five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Sociology at UCLan is 3rd in the North West for teaching quality and assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • The School has excellent employability links within the North West providing you with opportunities to engage with employers.
  • The School of Law and Social Science has working partnerships with organisations such as Lancashire Constabulary, the  Criminal Justice System, the National Health Service, the Probation Trust, and more.
  • Our staff have a deep understanding of the law; many are professionally qualified and research active, with experience in practice as solicitors, barristers and judges.

Course Overview

Year 1

Please note: This course is currently under review; modules are subject to change.


  • CJ1010  Crime and Justice in Society
  • CJ1011  Morality and Criminal Justice
  • CJ1012  Key Approaches in Criminology: Socio-Cultural Perspectives
  • CJ1013  Criminal Justice in Action

Year 2


  • CJ2030  Theory and Research Methods in Criminology
  • CJ2031  Understanding Policing and Security
  • CJ2032  Perspectives on Prisons and Society
  • CJ2033  Youth Justice

Year 3


  • CJ3003  Dissertation
  • CJ3004  Diversities, Discrimination and Justice in the UK

Options: choose TWO

  • CJ3001  Perspectives on Cybercrime
  • CJ3002  Crimes of the Powerful
  • CJ3005  Gendered Violence, Crime and Justice
  • CJ3006  Trafficking in Vulnerable Persons

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: with 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

The course addresses the widespread and growing interest in crime apparent throughout modern society and meets the ever-increasing demand from Government agencies and other employers, nationally and internationally, for graduates in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It offers specialist study strands for those wishing to pursue careers in policing, in the prison service, working with victims/survivors of interpersonal violence, working with young offenders, working with drug users and working with non-government organisations in conflict situations and with victims/survivors of trafficking.

The course attracts students with a personal interest in the subject matter who are often considering a career in the criminal justice system or organisations related to criminal justice and victim/survivor support. It offers a challenging and rigorous examination of the nature of how crime is perceived, defined and managed in modern society. You will develop a critical stance through a broad curriculum that forms an excellent exploration of this subject through a balanced mix of compulsory and optional modules which are taught by specialists in those areas.

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Graduates follow careers in areas such as the police, the probation service, prisons and branches of the Home Office such as the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Students might also consider community development  work, local government administration and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with positions in victim support and women’s refuges etc. Graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams.

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We have developed and nurtured working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as the National Health Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Social-Enterprise Entrepreneurs, Armed Services, Criminal Justice System, multi-faith communities, non-government organisations, third sector providers, primary, secondary and further education, local councils, social services, the Probation Trust and equality and diversity practitioners.

The School of Law and Social Science works to support you to achieve improved employment outcomes. Within each programme of study, there are embedded employability skills within a number of modules to enhance and promote employability skills and graduate attributes.

The School has developed employability and community links within the North West of England and the UK as a whole. This ensures that you have the opportunity to engage with employers, community groups, professionals and practitioners from ground-breaking organisations to develop their academic portfolio and pathway into to the world of work. We provide the opportunity to meet, communicate and network with a wide range of professional associates, from multi-disciplinary settings, who can provide first-hand experience and knowledge of the key skills required to be successful in your career destination.

Employability and career development is fully supported throughout the programme and opportunities exist to learn a language through Worldwise to support the international dimension of the programme and international career opportunities. Opportunities also exist for national and international work placement through the School of Law and Social Science and the award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

The Study Abroad Exchange Programme provides you with the exciting opportunity to experience a whole new outlook on Criminology and Criminal Justice, by spending half or all of your second year at another University with a similar programme of study.

UCLan Leaders in Residence: Amanda Webster

Amanda Webster from Harrison Drury Solicitors talks about what skills she thinks students need, and how UCLan's Leaders in Residence programme benefits students, businesses and the university.

Also hear from our Leader in Residence Mark Alexander from law firm BLM

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Course Trips

You can participate to field trips, putting your knowledge into context; previously these have included visits to The Auschwitz Memorial and Northern Ireland.

Take a look at Sarah Collinson's trip to Europe





Modules are delivered by various methods from traditional large group lectures to smaller more informal sessions with occasional use of audio-visual material to be analysed in small groups where appropriate. Lectures are supported by smaller seminar-workshop groups where students can discuss issues arising from the lecture programme. Students are required to undertake individual, and sometimes group, reading and preparation for seminars and workshops

Staff are all experts in their particular areas of academic study, active researchers and writers and contributors to national evaluations of research and to discussion and debates in the policy and public sphere.

You will benefit from student led conferences and guest visit speakers from various sectors such as the Lancashire Constabulary, Armed Services, the Criminal Justice system, Social Services, Magistrate and Crown Court Services and the Cumbria & Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)

Assessment is by a variety of methods from essays and assignments to end-of-module tests. Overall there are more essays, assignments and projects than tests, with some modules using 100 per cent coursework.

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Industry Links

The school has developed and nurtured working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as Lancashire Constabulary, Cumbria & Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), The Crown Prosecution Service, Victim Support Lancashire, HM Prison Service, the National Health Service, Equality and Diversity Practitioners,  Armed Services, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Third Sector Providers, Local Councils, Social Services, Primary, Secondary and Further Education, Social-Enterprise Entrepreneurs, and Multi-faith Communities.  Examples also include people from Stepping Stones Nigeria Child Empowerment Foundation, Recycling Lives, the Youth Offending Team.

See what we've been up to ...

  • Dr Tim Owen Reader in Criminology, was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire about recent cybercrime attacks. Listen Here.
  • LLM Course Leader Senior Lecturer Sue Uttley-Evans is an invited Associated Editor of the Brazilian Journal of Law and Justice, and her review article “Doing Justice to Difference: Moving Towards a Cosmopolitan Vision of Justice – Barbara Hudson’s Legacy” (in English at pp. 191-206), completes a trilogy of articles about “Cosmopolitan Justice”, inspired by the tribute paid to Professor Barbara Hudson.
  • Dr Laura Kelly, course leader and lecturer in Criminology recently won the Prison Service Journal outstanding article of the year 2017 for her piece entitled ‘Suffering in Silence: The unmet needs of d/Deaf prisoners’. The article is available to read here. As a result of this, Laura received national and regional media attention. See for example.
  • Laura also runs a student prisoner debating programme called ‘Debating Differences’. During this programme 6 final year Criminology/Law students and 6 prisoners from HMP Kirkham come together to debate different contemporary issues in society. Primary aims of this innovative programme include breaking down barriers, increasing communication skills, and enhancing critical thinking.

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Professional Accreditation

The centre’s provision is accredited by ILM.

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Opportunities on the course

Graduates follow careers in areas such as the police, the probation service, prisons and branches of the Home Office such as the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Students might also consider community development work, local government administration and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with positions in victim support and women’s refuges etc.

Graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams. Two thirds of our students will follow career paths connected with their degree.

Some recent Criminology graduates have also gone on to study an MA by Research or further research degrees (MPhil/PhD ).

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360° virtual tour of the Moot Court Room

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Final year undergraduate and postgraduate law students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular law firm or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Law, see the video and read the press release.

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Debra Jayne Young

Debra Jayne Young

BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (2014)

Encouraged by her supportive family, Debra started on the Foundation Year and under the guidance of supportive staff she gained an excellent grounding in the skills needed to proceed onto the BA [Hons] Criminology/Criminal Justice Degree programme.

Nicola Jayne Kitchen

Nicola Jayne Kitchen


The areas of Criminology and Criminal Justice have always been of great interest to me. I opted to study these subjects purely for interest on a part time basis after starting a family, and working part time for Local Government.

Mandi Whittle

Mandi Whittle

BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (2017)

Mature student Mandi Whittle talks about her journey to graduating from the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice course.

Francesca Balon

Francesca Balon

Ba (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2018

The journey that led me to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UCLan started in my early teens, when I developed a passion for learning about the Law, how the Criminal Justice system worked and reasons why people committed crimes. Whilst most of my friends were watching reality TV shows, I was watching documentaries and listening to audiobooks on the legal system and historical crimes.  

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.