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Criminology and Criminal Behaviour (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry 2018: CCC / 96 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: LM21
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This new Criminology and Criminal Behaviour (with placement year) degree prepares you for a career in the criminal justice sector - in the criminal justice system, or in the wider field of offending behaviour.

You’ll benefit from high quality criminology teaching, and also build a strong understanding of the social psychology behind criminal justice and offending behaviour.

You’ll gain invaluable experience of working in the criminal justice sector; our Sociology and Criminology Division has strong links with industry, business and related socio-legal professions meaning you’ll benefit from unique placement opportunities.

On graduation you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities open to you, as well as the ability to undertake further study in areas such as law or psychology.

My course has offered the ideal programme for me, due to my aspirations to join the police. It offers clear insights into the workings of the criminal justice system, which has therefore provided me with the understanding I need to further my career. My experience of studying at Bradford has been positive because whenever help was required it has been made available. 

Hannah Macleod
BA (Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies

Why Bradford?

Our courses are structured as bridges leading students to successful employment or further study. They are designed and taught by staff who have a rich and deep experience of working with students at all levels of study – from undergraduate to postgraduate and research.

A large majority of our staff are actively engaged in real-world projects, ranging from corporate businesses, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the local community. Teaching methods are carefully designed and are centred on enhancing transferable skills for our students. In order to enhance the future prospects of our graduates, our courses cover everything from teamwork to in-depth research, and presentation skills to report writing.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CCC / 96 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 96 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Stage 1: Level 4

• Studying Social Sciences: A Critical Approach. 20 Credits, Core
• Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice. 20 Credits, Core
• Crime Scene Investigation. 20 Credits, Option
• British Society Since 1945: Rethinking History. 20 Credits, Option
• A Critical History of Crime and Punishment. 20 Credits, Core
• Introduction to Psychology. 20 Credits, Core
• Criminological Theory. 20 Credits, Core

Stage 2: Level 5

• Social Science Methodologies: Interpreting the Social World. 20 Credits, Core
• Psychology and Crime: Victims and Offenders. 20 Credits, Core
• Legal and Moral Constructions of Crime and Criminal Behaviour. 20 Credits, Core
• Constructing Mental Health and Crime. 20 Credits, Core
• Applying Social Science in Real World Contexts: Research and Employment. 20 Credits, Core
• Elective Module 20 Credits, Core

Stage 3: Level 6

• Models of Forensic Psychology. 20 Credits, Core
• Work Placement . 40 Credits, Core
• Dissertation: Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice. 40 Credits, Core
• International Perspectives on Crime. 20 Credits. Core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The programme adopts a range of teaching methods in order to provide a varied experience, allowing all students to learn appropriately.

Some modules take place on the wider faculty arena, bringing students into contact with students of other disciplines. In your first year, you will typically be in lectures, workshops and seminar groups with other students from your degree programme. You will also have individual and group tutorials with your Personal Tutor to develop your learning skills and style. In your second year, you will experience teaching styles similar to those in year one but also encouraging you to apply your developing skills to constructing research approaches and projects. In your final year you will apply those skills to more independent work on a dissertation and in a work placement as well as applying the knowledge acquired in previous years to two specialist crime modules.

Assessment varies by module. Assessment methods include individual and group presentations, essays, reports and examinations. Students are offered opportunities to present formative assessment in all modules where this is feasible. The assessment diet is incremental: a maximum of 2,000 words or the equivalent per module in the first year, graduating in length to offer the opportunity for a major piece of academic work and a work-related academic analysis in your final year.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

89% of our 2016 Sociology and Criminology graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Sociology and Criminology graduates was £16,500.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

You'll be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor who has regular and weekly ‘drop-in’ slots available. Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged. You'll also be assigned a personal tutor to supervise your dissertation.


Our academic expertise in the field of Sociology and Crime ensures that programme content and delivery is research-led, contemporary and robustly informed.

We have an experienced, highly-qualified and strongly research-active teaching team. The programme will be taught by existing experienced staff with strong research records who have published widely in sociology, social policy, criminal justice and vocational and professional subjects such as education and social work.

Formal lectures facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding at the early stages of the course. As it progresses, the main emphasis is on self-directed research and evaluation of related literature; students will be supported in these by individual supervisors. These aspects further develop the research-informed nature of the curriculum.

The dissertation module provides a major opportunity to demonstrate competence in the execution of desktop and/or empirical research and autonomy in data-handling and critical interpretation in a research context. The ability to deal with complex issues and solve problems will be enhanced by effective reflective practice.


The JB Priestley Library has excellent resources for research. Student Central and the Richmond Atrium have cafes, bookshops and meeting spaces.

Students also have access to the Communal area of the ground floor of Pemberton building and can also book meeting rooms in the Library for collaborative learning and groupwork.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,950
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

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