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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.

  • Criminology at the University of Central Lancashire is ranked 3rd in the North West for value-added which compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications, to show how effectively they are taught (Guardian University Guide 2021).  You’ll be taught by highly skilled academics, who are research active and members of external bodies within the criminal justice system, with many staff winning awards for their contribution to research.

  • 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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Future Careers and Opportunities

Our degrees allow you access to careers within the criminal justice system. Following further training you may go on to enter the police and prison services where criminological theories are applied, or alternatively move towards the legal processes of criminological consideration and work in the court services.

There are a number of roles that require an awareness of criminology including local and national governmental roles and roles with charities that work with victims of crime or and young offenders. Criminology graduates can go on to train as social workers or adult guidance workers where they can apply their understanding of people in society on a more one-to-one level.

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