Our Criminology courses focus on the study of crime and criminals, the motivations behind criminal behaviour, as well as the impact it has on wider society. This multidisciplinary subject includes elements of psychology, history, and law.

Our portfolio of programmes offer a deep insight into theory and practice of Criminology, whilst also providing specialist focus on the areas such as Criminal Justice and Sociology. By combining the study of Criminology with another specialist area you can develop broader expertise and knowledge enabling you to graduate with a competitive edge in the career marketplace.

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Introduction to Criminology undergraduate degrees

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Why choose us?

  • You’ll benefit from our partnership with the HM Prison Service, Probation Trust and Victim Support giving you the opportunity to meet, network and really gain an in-depth understanding of this fascinating subject area.

  • Social Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire rank 2nd in the UK for academic support (NSS, 2022)

  • Within each programme of study, you can take advantage of the embedded employability skills to get you ready for employment, plus you’ll be able to take part in industry experience with a wide variety of opportunities for work placements across the North West.
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What can I do with a criminology degree?

criminal justice system. Following further training you may go on to enter the police and prison services. Or you may wish to move towards the legal processes side of criminology and work in the court services.

There are many roles that need an awareness of criminology. This includes local and national governmental roles. You may also want to work for a charity that works with victims of crime or young offenders. Criminology graduates can also go on to train as social workers or adult guidance workers. Here you can apply your understanding of people in society on a more one-to-one level.

Some of the careers you can go into after studying criminology are:

  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Detective
  • Community development worker
  • Probation officer
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Social researcher

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