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BA (Hons)

Criminology & Criminal Justice

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

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.

Why study with us

  • The School has working partnerships with organisations such as Lancashire Constabulary, the Criminal Justice System, the National Health Service, the Probation Trust, and more.
  • Criminology at the University of Central Lancashire ranks 2nd in the North West for Research Quality. (Times Good University Guide, 2023)
  • We offer option modules on our Criminology courses, so you can tailor your degree to your interests.

What you'll do

  • Gain a deep insight into the political, personal and social aspects of crime. Our teaching uses a wealth of cutting-edge research, delivered by award-winning research staff.
  • You can customise your learning with optional modules to hone in on areas of interest and your career aspirations.
  • You’ll enjoy student led conferences and guest visit speakers from many different sectors. These include the Lancashire Constabulary, Armed Services, the Criminal Justice System, Social Services, Magistrate and Crown Court Services amongst others.
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Criminology is great if you love to have discussions and debates about crime. I’m looking forward to the next years of my course because I will have the opportunity to choose some of my modules so I can tailor the degree to my potential career aspirations. The tutors are very supportive and are experts in Criminology, many have previously worked in the field.
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Connor Eastwood
BA (Hons) Criminology
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Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • CJ1201: Looking Beyond Crime and Criminology
  • CJ1202: Skills, Research and Employability
  • CJ1203: The History of Criminal Justice
  • CJ1204: Crime and Morality
  • CJ1205: Key Approaches in Criminology
  • CJ1206: Criminal Justice in Action

CJ1201: Looking Beyond Crime and Criminology

Explore alternative conceptions of ‘crime’ and how this affects how ‘crime’ is perceived in society. Discover how these conceptions based on the idea of ‘social harm’, affect our perceptions of crime, the criminal, and criminalisation.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Missing Persons Information Unit

By joining our Missing Person Investigation Unit, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the families of missing people. You can develop lines of enquiry, and work within a wider network of cold-case missing person investigators.

Cybercrime Advice Clinic

Get involved with our Cybercrime Advice Clinic. You can work with victims of cybercrime within Lancashire (and beyond). Help and support victims after they have been targeted by cyber criminals.

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Criminology facilities

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Celebration of Success Event

Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Two thirds of our students will follow career paths connected with their degree. Graduates have found work in:

  • UK Border Agency
  • Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
  • Local prisons
  • Drug schemes
  • Educational institutions
  • Youth offending teams

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,900 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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