Criminology BA


Fact file - 2018 entry

BA Hons Criminology
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3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
None specific
IB score
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Students on this course gain a detailed knowledge of a dynamic and exciting subject area, as well as being able to choose modules according to their own interests.
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Criminology is concerned not just with crime, how it is defined, experienced and explained, but also with the different ways in which individuals and societies respond to it. It is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws on insights from sociology, social policy, law and the social sciences more generally.

Criminologists adopt different theoretical perspectives and use a range of research methods to increase our understanding of crime and criminal justice. They are interested in offenders (and how they are defined), in the victims of crime, in the social contexts in which crime and victimisation take place, and in ways of controlling crime - whether that is through changing social policies to do with housing, education and welfare, or through the work of specialist institutions like the police, probation and prison services.

As part of your degree you will also have the opportunity to study a variety of modules related to sociology and social policy, which will enable you to see crime, its causes and responses to it in its wider social and global context.

Year one

In the first year, in your core modules you will be introduced to ways of understanding and investigating contemporary societies, defining, measuring and explaining crime, and thinking critically about the institutions that make up the criminal justice system. A range of optional introductory modules introduce you to important themes and topics such as deviance, contemporary culture and human rights.

Year two

Year two focuses on how criminologists are grappling with problems of crime and justice emerging in the 21st century. We will develop your understanding of the theoretical and methodological foundations of criminology and encourage you to explore these through core modules focusing on the criminal justice system and research design. Optional modules are chosen from criminology, sociology and social policy.

Year three

Year three provides the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through researching for and writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice. There will then be a choice of optional modules allowing you to specialise in your areas of interest. In the first semester you may also have the opportunity to study abroad.

Key facts

  • 5th in the UK for social policy according to  The Complete University Guide 2018
  • Our teaching is often recognised by awards such as a University Chancellor's Award for teaching quality
  • Opportunities to study abroad in locations such as Australia, China, Germany and the USA
  • One of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, committed to developing students' quantitative expertise

Entry requirements

A levels: ABB excluding general studies, critical thinking and CIE thinking skills

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses and who will make a valued contribution to the school and University. We will take into account a wide range of factors including post-school experience and breadth of interests as well as examination results.

Our degree courses require a combination of different skills, and an ability to engage with new subjects and ideas. These qualities in part relate to academic performance, but we will also look at your interests and experience.



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules

Core modules

Exploring Criminology

This module lays the foundations for further study by looking at the development of criminology as a discipline before going on to consider how crime is defined and counted, and investigate the sources of criminological knowledge.

The main focus of the module is on key theoretical perspectives in criminology, and how they help us to understand and explain different kinds of criminal behaviour from 'juvenile delinquency' to state crime, 'hate crime' to terrorism (and society's responses to them).

The Criminal Justice System: Function, Processes and Policy

This module seeks to contextualise the function and processes of the agencies and institutions that operate within the criminal justice system. The module will encourage you to identify the tensions and inequalities that lead criminologists and criminal justice practitioners to promote reform of the criminal justice system.

Summary of the topics to be covered include:

  • Theorising criminal justice and punishment
  • Overview of the Criminal Justice System in the United Kingdom
  • Criminal Justice policy-making process and the politicisation of criminal justice
  • Key agencies, processes and institutions within the Criminal Justice System: Police, prosecution, judiciary, sentencing and alternatives to custody, prisons and youth justice
  • Inequalities within the Criminal Justice System: Victims, race, gender and class
  • International influences of criminal justice-policy making: Organised crime and terrorism; European Union
  • International cases studies influencing reform agenda
  • Responses to crime by organisations and individuals operating outside the traditional criminal justice system
Investigating Social Worlds

This module introduces you to philosophical debates on the production of knowledge about the social world, examining the interlocking philosophical and ethical problems that can arise when the methods of the natural sciences are applied to the study of the social world.

It then introduces two of the major research traditions within the social sciences, positivism and interpretavism and explores their links to some basic methods of data gathering employed in the social sciences, including survey methods, interviewing, and observation.

You will be given opportunities to gain some preliminary practical experience of working with a variety of sources and methods.

Understanding Contemporary Society

This module introduces you to a range of approaches in social analysis. Through introductions to key concepts, theorists and research studies in the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies and social policy, you will be equipped with the skills necessary for more advanced study of contemporary society.


Optional modules

Two introductory modules which could include one from another school.

China: Civilisations, Cultures and Societies

This module is designed to encourage you to critically engage with current, as well as past, debates around the nature of Chinese 'culture' and 'civilisation', and indeed, to question these very notions. It is a multidisciplinary module which will draw on humanities and social science scholarship from fields such as sinology, anthropology, sociology, geography, philosophy and history.

By the end of the module, you will be familiar with key debates in the research on Chinese culture(s). You will also be better equipped to critically engage with key ideas in the study of Chinese society and culture, Confucianism, ancestor worship, patriarchy, folklore, Chinese 'ethnicity', literati culture, Diaspora, and so on.

Culture, Identity and Deviance

The module outlines key theoretical approaches and concepts associated with the analysis of culture, identities and deviance. It introduces these topics through a series of case studies.

Global Studies and Human Rights

The module outlines key theoretical approaches and concepts associated with the analysis of processes of globalisation (social, economic and political) and their implications for human rights. It introduces these topics through a series of case studies.

Policy and Social Justice

This module introduces you to the main areas of social policy in the United Kingdom. The module first explores the concepts of policy, justice and key theories in policy and welfare as well as resourcing.

The module then goes on to examine the role of the family in welfare provision, and the operation of key public sector services (housing, NHS, social care, social security).

Society, Health and Environment

The module introduces you to the sociological analysis of some most exciting (and frightening!) issues and decisions of our time, including climate change, genetic engineering, epidemics from AIDS to malaria, and nuclear power. There is hype and hope, fear and alarm. Societies and individuals have to navigate ways of living with and through these challenges.

Sociologists can explore the socio-cultural meaning and implications of risks and the political and ethical dilemmas they produce. After successful completion of the module you will:

  • have an understanding of key concepts and the main theoretical approaches about science and technology and how they interact with society
  • have developed an understanding of empirical cases where science and technology play an important part, especially in the field of health and environment
  • be able to critically discuss key contributions in this field of study

Q-Step Quantitative Methods pathway

You can choose to take a specialised pathway as part of your course, graduating with a BA Criminology (Quantitative Methods) degree. This pathway is designed to integrate training in the quantitative analysis of a range of datasets. In order to graduate with the 'Quantitative Methods' qualifier, you will need to follow the Q-Step pathway through your degree, selecting 20 credits of Q-Step modules per year (as well as applying the quantitative skills you have developed to your dissertation).

Quantitative Methods for Social Science 1

This module focuses on quantitative methods for the social sciences, and in particular the acquisition of 'quantitative literacy'. The main topics of interest are:

  • the character of quantitative data
  • their use in description, explanation and forecasting
  • their visualisation
  • character and use of inferential statistics in the social sciences
  • estimation
  • performing basic hypothesis tests
  • evaluating reports of quantitative analyses as used in policy, business, regulations and academic literature
  • working with statistical software

Throughout the semester there are weekly one-hour lectures, weekly two-hour seminars, plus two four-hour workshops. The module assessment is one 2,000-word piece of coursework.

Quantitative Methods for Social Science 2

This module continues from Quantitative Methods for Social Science 1, which is a prerequisite. The main topics of interest are the character and use of multivariate analysis, and the application of these topics in empirical social science research and in applied non-academic research. Practical training in these topics will be an integral part of the module.

Throughout the semester there are weekly two-hour lectures, weekly two-hour seminars, plus two four-hour workshops. The module assessment is one 2,000-word piece of coursework.


Typical year two modules

Core modules

Research Design and Practice

This module introduces you to the principles of research design and research ethics in relation to both quantitative and qualitative research, and provides you with some experience of survey methods and of qualitative research methods in social research.

Theories of Crime, Justice and Society in the 21st Century

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Optional modules

Four optional modules which could include one from another school.

Applied Ethics and Society

The module will explore the application of moral philosophy and applied ethics to various social issues including, but not limited to, addiction, abortion, euthanasia, migration and global justice. 

It will review the main ideas and theorists from the fields of consequentialism, deontology and virtue ethics and it will introduce students to the contemporary state of various socially and ethically problematic topics.

Belief, Spirituality and Religion

This module examines the key sociological issues and debates in relation to the religion/spirituality and non-religious belief systems.

They include:

  • transformation of religion
  • the spiritual revolution
  • fundamentalism
  • atheism
  • secularism
  • scientism
  • freedom of expression vs. sanctity of religion
  • religious dress
  • religion/spirituality and sexuality
  • religion/spirituality and youth
  • religion/spirituality and consumerism
The Body, The Self and Others

This module explores the ways in which social identities and subjectivities can be created, maintained and expressed through the body and with reference to 'Others'. It particularly considers:

  • existing sociological theories of identity and 'Otherness'
  • the sociologies of various 'geographies' of the body, including the sociology of food and diet; body modification and adornment; extreme sport
  • presentations of 'self' through work, especially 'bodywork'
  • the corporeal 'mapping' of class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality
  • surveillance discourses and the Foucauldian body
Ethnicity, 'Race' and Everyday Life

This module examines the intersection of three key concepts in contemporary sociology - ethnicity 'race' and everyday life. It particularly considers:

  • existing sociological theories of everyday life concerning its political relevance and historical specificity as well as methodological issues as to how 'the everyday' has been researched
  • sociological models of ethnicity and 'race', the construction of ethnic boundaries and identities, the relationship between 'culture' and 'ethnicity', and its relevance in the contemporary world
  • a series of empirical case studies illustrating the experience and complexities of ethnic and racial identities in the realm of everyday life
Families and Social Divisions

This module considers sociological approaches to the family ranging from early functionalist accounts to the feminist problematisation of such accounts. Attention will be paid to the ideological construction of the family and the role of social divisions in shaping family life.

Starting from feminist critiques of the family the first part of the module will explore issues of gender, power and patriarchy. Drawing on second-wave feminism, the second part of the module will consider issues of diversity in family practices.

Topics covered will include gender and families; families and class; families and race; migrant and transnational families; sexuality; age and generation. Contemporary debates around the breakdown, democratisation or continuity in contemporary families will also be addressed.

History of British Social Policy

How has the nature of social provision been conceptualised over time? How much continuity and how much change has there been in our social welfare system?

This module offers a critical review of some of the key issues in the development of British social policy, including the shift from the Poor Law to an income maintenance scheme, the impact of philanthropy and the changing role of the State in the 20th century.

Introduction to Cultural Theory

This module is focused on the conceptual issues that are at stake when we seek to study culture and concentrates on current themes in the study of culture. Through focusing on topics of subjectivity and identity, performativity, memory, emotions and the senses you will be introduced to the work and thinking of a range of cultural theorists, such as: Butler, Freud, Hall, Said, Sedgewick and Williams.

The module will also cover issues such as the formation of hegemonic and marginalised identities, hybridity and globalisation, queer theory, and the relationship [or not] between social structures and individual agency.

Police, Policing and the Police

This module is concerned with the sociology and politics of policing. The main focus will be on England and Wales but the module will draw on literature and experiences from other jurisdictions around the world and from the United States of America in particular. It will cover a range of topics such as:

  • the meaning of, and differences between, police, policing and the police
  • the history and development of policing and the policesince the 18th century
  • the occupational and organisational cultures of the police
  • the governance and accountability of the police
  • police powers
  • specialisation in policing eg crime detection, traffic policing, public order policing, terrorism and political policing
  • policing strategies and tactics
  • policing and the media
  • police ethics
  • policing social diversity
  • the pluralisation of policing
Prisons and Society

This module focuses on the relationship between imprisonment and society, paying specific attention to the England and Wales prison estate and UK Society. The module requires reading, questioning, and evaluating of the following topics:

  • Notion of a criminally deviant act and consequent ramifications (for example, imprisonment)
  • Relationship between welfare provision and imprisonment rates (for example, social exclusion issues)
  • The political and historical natures of punishment (for example, overt versus covert practices)
  • Prisoner population demographics in England and Wales
  • Roles, responsibilities, and issues for Her Majesty’s Prison Service
  • Prison culture (both staff and inmate)
  • Institutionalisation theory and the nature of imprisonment
  • Provision and receipt experiences of prison mental healthcare
  • Sociological research in prisons (for example, (in)famous ethnographies/contemporary analysis)
  • Future directions for imprisonment (for example, reducing reoffending strategies)
Social Research and Community Engagement

This module provides you with an opportunity to apply the insights and skills of social science to enhance your understanding of the role of the voluntary sector in contemporary society with special reference to the city of Nottingham. At the heart of the module is a one-semester community engagement opportunity where you will spend on average eight hours a week, but varying from week to week, with a local community organisation.

The placement enables you to experience at first-hand the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities to make a difference that local organisations face every day. They will have the opportunity to deploy social research skills and academic knowledge to assist the organisations in question.

The teaching element of the module will provide the following: at the very start an overview of the role of the voluntary sector in contemporary society, theories of civil society, and an introduction to some of the models of community organising and public sociology a two day training package in the autumn semester on models of community organising delivered by Nottingham Citizens an opportunity to reflect on progress with the community engagement advice on how to construct the assessment.

The module will also draw on two outside speakers from local community organisations to provide rich, first-hand accounts from within the voluntary sector.

Youth Crime and Justice

This module explores the phenomena of youth, crime and justice. Analysis of official statistics and self-report survey data will be placed within a broader understanding of the social construction of youth, drawing on political, media and other sources. The module will critically assess explanations of youth crime and desistance, including major theoretical explanations and developmental/life course perspectives.

The second half of the module considers social responses to youth crime and the role of the youth justice system in particular. The various discourses which inform youth justice will be compared and the ways in which they have been applied in different jurisdictions will be assessed. Finally, the module will consider the recent focus on early intervention, emerging arguments for minimum intervention and the potential for youth justice reform.


Typical year three modules

Core modules


For the dissertation, you will explore a topic of your choice under the supervision of a designated dissertation group tutor. Work on the dissertation extends over both semesters in the third year. The subject matter must be relevant to your honours subject and approved by the tutor.

The study may be entirely based on the analysis of secondary literature; alternatively it may involve the collection and analysis of primary data, including documentary or textual data, on a scale appropriate to the work-load involved.

During the autumn semester, you should identify a topic and decide on an appropriate strategy of enquiry and analysis. Initial reading and planning for the dissertation should be undertaken mostly in the autumn semester, including literature reviews. A dissertation plan is submitted by the end of November. Any empirical investigation should be substantially underway by the end of the autumn semester.

In the spring semester analysis of the literature and any primary material should be completed and the dissertation written up by early in the summer term.


Optional modules

Four optional modules which could include one from another school.

Analysing Public Policy

The module examines how public policy is made within government. It provides a critical understanding of how policy is formulated, implemented and evaluated.

The module focuses on key phases of the policy process, from agenda-setting to policy impact. The module provides an applied understanding of policy analysis by examining relevant case studies (eg child abuse, ageing population).

Another Country: Crime and Crime Control in South Africa

This module looks at crime and ways of controlling it in South Africa (SA), a country with a different history and social structure to the UK. The focus will vary from year to year but is likely to include the:

  • impact of colonialism and white minority rule on crime and crime control in SA since the country's transition to democracy in 1994
  • relationship between forms of criminal and transitional justice and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in coming to terms with violations of human rights under apartheid
  • nature and extent of crime in contemporary SA with a focus on contemporary problems such as gangsterism and organised crime, (sexual) violence against women and children and violent xenophobia
  • usefulness of criminological theories developed in different social contexts (primarily in the US and the UK) in understanding and explaining crime in SA, and in suggesting ways of controlling it
  • political economy of crime and crime control in one of the most unequal societies in the world and the relationships between crime and other forms of social harm, criminal justice and social justice, crime prevention and social policy
  • history and development of policing and the response to crime including the reform of the state or public police, the pluralisation of policing and the 're-segregation' of South African society since the end of apartheid 1620
Climate Change and Society

This module deals with the interface between climate change, energy systems, society and culture, focusing on:

  • the making of climate science; understanding controversy over the role of climate science in public policies
  • the social, policy and cultural meanings and communication of climate science and climate change
  • the impact of climate change concerns on energy systems
  • the social, economic and ethical issues raised by energy production technologies including sustainable energy
  • social practices and energy consumption
  • climate, energy and society from a global perspective
Contemporary Developments in Welfare Policy

The module will explore the contemporary developments and debates in the provision and delivery of welfare services. The module will examine theories of welfare, the funding of the welfare state and key changes in welfare policies, such as the increasing focus on markets and consumer choice, partnerships, the personalisation of service delivery, and the increasing role of the not for profit sector in service delivery.

Education and Society

This module seeks to connect the historical and more contemporary debates in education to a critical understanding of society. The main focus is through a discussion of sociological, philosophical and policy based issues to explore the purpose of education in a modern globalised world. This however only becomes possible if we question more neutral and instrumental approaches to education and seek to more explicitly explore its connection to more normative values and concerns.

In this respect, the module will seek to connect ideas in education to a diversity of ways of conceiving of citizenship now and within the past. Most of the module is informed by European, North and South American traditions within sociology although it will also draw on examples and ideas from elsewhere.

Exploring Social and Cultural Life Through Films

Using different genres of film, this module examines contemporary theoretical and empirical debates in relation to a host of issues closely associated with theproduction and contestation of identity, culture, and everyday life. Underpinning by the central theoretical theme of cultural production, consumption, and practices.

The module will illustrate the problematics of culture through the sociological exploration of social condition, identity, consumerism, consumption, consumer culture, slavery, choice, voluntary simplicity, intimacy, body, embodiment, sexual culture, desire, sexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, dress, fashion, multiculturalism, human rights and social inclusion/exclusion.

Gender and Media

This module will explore key debates and issues around contemporary representations of gender in the Anglo-American media. It will draw on case studies from a range of media genres, including television, men's and women's magazines and newspapers, as well as considering questions of audience, pleasure and spectatorship.

It will examine how mediated representations of gender intersect with other axes of difference such as 'race', class and sexuality, further exploring how changing mediated gender representations might be linked to wider social change.

Gender, the Family and Social Policy

Introducing feminist approaches to social policy, this module considers how social policy and the development of the welfare state have been underpinned by ideas around gender difference and the structure and responsibilities of the family.

We will examine feminist perspectives on welfare, considering how policy might reflect and perpetuate the gendered division of labour in the family and society more broadly. For example, we will examine whether the 'male breadwinner' model has been replaced by a policy commitment to gender equality.

The module will thus examine how social policy excludes or incorporates women at the intersection of the public/private divide, problematising the terms 'justice', 'citizenship' and 'inequality' in relation to gender. Throughout, we will also consider how gender intersects with other axes of difference and inequality, such as 'race' and class.

Global Tourism and its Complexities

The module will explore contemporary theoretical debates in the sociology of tourism, with particular emphasis on how tourism locations are constructed, developed and sustained; the powers and dangers of the 'tourist gaze'; tourism labour markets; tourism and identity; tourism and risk; and social/cultural change.

Governance and Policy in Africa and Asia in International Comparative Context

This module examines responses to challenges facing social policy makers in Africa and Asia taking a comparative case study approach. Topics include:

  • approaches to the study of international comparative governance and policy
  • designing and delivering inclusive and sustainable healthcare, social security, education and criminal justice systems in countries with large rural and informal urban sectors
  • good governance and building institutions to challenge corruption
  • rural-urban migration and the challenges of creating urban infrastructure and sustainable cities
  • food security and famines
  • indigeneity and social policy in contested spaces
  • social policy in failed states and during conflict and war
  • working with international agenciesInternational comparative research methods
Migration and Transnationalism

This course examines key issues and concepts connected to the movement and settlement of people in Europe and beyond. Informed by a transnational studies perspective, the module considers migration debates and practices in a critical, comparative and historically informed manner.

The first part of the course explores the political, social and economic factors that cause people to move in an increasing interconnected world. The second part of the course is dedicated to the examination of the different theories of integration and settlement and processes of inclusion and exclusion.

The key issues and concepts addressed will include those of transnationalism and diaspora; gender and intersectionality; transnational families and global care chains; multiculturalism, integration and assimilation; identity, home and belonging.

Nationalisms: the Politics of Belonging and Exclusion

This module provides a series of historically contextualised and theoretically informed discussions of nation-states and various nation-centred or nationalist politics and discourses of identity. Topics covered include:

  • the significance of 'the nation' to classical sociology
  • an engagement with a variety of theoretical paradigms and conceptual frameworks pertaining to the historical origins and institutional as well as symbolic 'workings' of nations and nationalisms
  • discussion of different and competing models of national belonging and exclusion
  • a focus on the changing historical contexts of modernity and post-modernity and their respective impact on nation-states and the politics of national identity
  • discussions of the contemporary relevance of globalisation and the European Union
  • analyses of the place of nationalism in everyday life, of the role of memory in the politics of national identities, and of ethnic pluralism
Rehabilitation, Risk and Desistance

This module aims to develop critical understandings of:

  • the concepts of 'offender' rehabilitation and the changing nature of rehabilitative enterprises over time
  • the role of risk in the organisation of the criminal justice system and responses to offending
  • research about desistance from crime and its relationship to rehabilitation and risk

The module will explore the role of key agencies involved in rehabilitation including the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies and the experiences of those subject to community justice.

Religion and Society in Modern China

This module will introduce you to Chinese religion as a social phenomenon, and provide an overview of the officially-recognised belief systems comprising China's religious landscape.

It will examine the doctrines, practices and institutions of different religious groups, while also considering the unofficial traditions that play an important role in modern Chinese religiosity. Major topics covered include:

  • Chinese Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism
  • folk belief and new religious movements (NRMs)
  • China's ongoing Confucian revival
  • policies affecting the governance of religion, and their history
  • the social dimensions of modern Chinese religion
Terrorism and Extremism in the United Kingdom

This module examines terrorism and extremism as a contemporary and contentious issue in criminology. Consequently, you will examine the United Kingdom's response to terrorism and extremism.

The module explores the case study of Northern Ireland and seeks to place current security threats to the United Kingdom in context. As a result the following indicative issues (subject to change) will be examined:

  • Definitional debates
  • The fear of terrorism
  • Examination of a range of historical and contemporary terrorist threats to the UK
  • The role of the criminal justice system in responding to and preventing terrorism and extremism
  • Counter terrorism: The balancing of security and rights to liberty and privacy; the ethics of counter terrorism
Work, Employment and Society

This module considers:

  • historical and comparative study of work (paid and unpaid), employment and society
  • the changing nature and meaning of work in society
  • social inequalities in work such as class, gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality
  • heoretical and empirical understandings of work



Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, China, Germany and the USA.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.



A degree in criminology can provide a solid foundation for a criminal justice career (for example, in the police and probation service) as well as employment in local/national government and in voluntary associations engaged with the social issues deriving from criminal behaviour, and with private companies with interests in security and risk assessment.

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge that you will build throughout this course, you will develop key transferable skills that are in high-demand by employers. These include written and verbal communication, IT skills, statistical analysis, time management and motivation, critical evaluation and teamwork.

We support our students' employability through careers talks and events. Your academic and personal development will also be facilitated by your personal tutor, who will be both your academic tutor and provide pastoral support.

Employability and average starting salary

94.5% of undergraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,330 with the highest being £26,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.



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