Criminology - Combined Subjects (Major, Dual and Minor) BSc/BA (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Course overview

Throughout the course you will explore theories and approaches to understanding 'Criminology' and 'Criminal Justice', with the chance to take modules related to policing, punishment, youth crime and youth justice, and gendered violence.

This course also develops your skills as a social scientist through modules such as quantitative and qualitative research methods'. You will apply these skills to analysing research carried out in criminal justice institutions including the criminal courts, the police, probation and prison services.

Around 9 out of 10 students on Sunderland's social studies courses agree that teaching staff are 'good at explaining things' and 'enthusiastic about what they teach', according to the National Student Survey.

According to the National Student Survey 2014, 94% of our students agree that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach. Our course is highly rated for personal development, with around 9 out of 10 students agreeing that it helps them feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems.

You can combine criminology with any of the other subjects in the Combined Subjects Programme. Popular combinations are criminology with sociology and criminology with psychology.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Introduction to Criminology (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (20 Credits)
  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods (20 Credits) 

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Gender, Diversity and Society (20 Credits)
  • Crime, Surveillance and Social Control (20 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Theoretical Issues in Criminology (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Criminal Justice (20 Credits)

Optional modules

  • Gender, Diversity and Society (20 Credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Criminology (20 Credits)
  • Policing, Past, Present and Future(s) (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Criminology Dissertation (40 Credits)
  • Re-imaging Crime and Criminology (20 Credits) 

Optional modules

  • Understanding Youth Justice in the UK (20 Credits)
  • Race, Racialisation and the Criminal Justice System (20 Credits)
  • Punishment and Society (20 Credits)
  • Violence, Gender and Society (20 Credits)

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups.

As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations and exams.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see how courses are taught. Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the Academic Services website.

Key Information Sets

All UK universities and colleges display Key Information Sets (KIS) on their undergraduate courses. The KIS gives you a quick overview of some standard information about a course, and has a link to more detailed information on Unistats.

The majority of our courses display the KIS directly on the course information page, as an animated image. However, because there are so many possible Combined Subjects combinations, the KIS for these courses are held on another page.

Click here to see the KIS for Criminology Combined Subjects

Facilities & location

The course is based at the Priestman Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. Thanks to a major renovation programme, the Priestman Building provides state-of-the-art teaching space and resources as part of a vibrant and outward-looking learning environment.

Software and technology

The University has invested in specialist software packages that facilitate rigorous social science. They include NVivo which allows deep levels of analysis of large volumes of data, and SPSS for surveys and data mining.

We also make full use of e-learning resources. Sunspace, our virtual learning environment, provides in-depth information about the course content as well as a range of relevant resources.CIty

University Library Services

We've got thousands of books and e-books on social science topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:

  • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
  • Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
  • SocINDEX with full-text articles, which is probably the world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database
  • Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
  • Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles

IT provision

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter's Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Location


Priestman Building

City Campus, Green Terrace, Sunderland, SR1 3PZ

Entry requirements

Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see the page how courses are taught. Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the Academic Services website.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Other acceptable qualifications

BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

International qualifications: Please call the Student Helpline for advice on other acceptable qualifications. The number from outside the UK is +44 191 515 3000. 

Returners to Learning: The University of Sunderland runs a dedicated Returners to Learning Progression Scheme. For further information email: progression.schemes@sunderland.ac.uk or alternatively, call the Student Helpline on 0191 515 3000.

If you wish to be considered for direct entry to a different year of a course please contact the Student Helpline: 0191 515 3000.

Fees & finance

Full-time fees

The annual fee is:

  • £8,250 if you are from the UK
  • £10,000 if you are from outside the UK

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Funding section of this website for more information.

Employment & careers

The types of destinations of graduates from this course include police forces, the prison service, the probation service, youth justice agencies, crime and disorder reduction partnerships, the civil service, voluntary sector and non-governmental organisations, and policy or research institutions.

Guest Speakers

We have well-established links with organisations such as Northumbria Police, HM Prison Service, the Probation Service, youth offending teams, and victim support agencies. Through these links we organise a programme of guest speakers who help you relate academic theory to current trends and issues. It's all part of broadening your learning so that you're prepared not just for exams but for life.

Study Abroad

You can switch your studies to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 Universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This gives you an opportunity to get a broader perspective on issues of criminology and gain international experience.

University Language Scheme

It is usually possible to take a module from the University Language Scheme, which will earn credits towards your degree. The language module can be taken on top of or as part of the 120 credits needed to complete a year.

Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.

Experience

The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience.

CV-enhancing opportunities include:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate internships
  • Studying abroad
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • Mentoring
  • Starting your own business
  • Student jobs and volunteering
  • Careers advice

For full details, please see our Employability page.

Support

Support for your learning

You can expect stimulating contact time that includes lectures, seminars and practical activities.  There is also non-contact time when you will be studying on your own. If you have any particular problems with certain assignments, it’s usually possible to arrange one-to-one surgeries with tutors.

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. You’ll meet your Tutor at agreed times throughout each year of the course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student support & guidance.

"I would recommend studying here to anyone."

Danielle Yare - Combined Subjects, Psychology and Criminology

Danielle Yare

Graduate, Psychology & Criminology

"My combined degree has given me the opportunity to widen my prospects and opened many doors for my future career. The University of Sunderland has offered fantastic support throughout my time here and I would recommend studying here to anyone. I was given opportunities to practical work experience and volunteer work which complimented my degree massively."

Apply for this course

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  • Date: Saturday 8th November 2014
  • Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
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The details

Course Name Criminology - Combined Subjects (Major, Dual and Minor)
UCAS Code See 'Contact & apply' page
M9
Classification BSc/BA (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 3 years
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 14 September 2015
UK/EU Fee £8,250
Intl Fee £10,000

Entry Requirements

Typical accepting offer: 260 points

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