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University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £13,350.00 per year
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As a student of criminology, you experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests. Our flexible course means that you can study an exciting range of topics, from the impact of computer games on crime, to terrorism and illegal migration, to policing and controlling society.

We are a large and friendly department, offering a range and diversity of research interests, with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication. We have leading international experts in the areas of:

- Organised crime, surveillance and counter-terrorism
- Environmental harm
- Visual criminology
- Social history and crime

You’ll receive training in criminological methods – how to design a survey, conduct an interview, and use quantitative analysis from basic statistic to big data – in order to ask the difficult questions, and will also have the opportunity to complete a supervised dissertation on a topic that inspires you.

Our BA Criminology is run by the Department of Sociology, which is rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014). We consistently receive strong student satisfaction scores, including 91% overall student satisfaction in 2014.

Programme structure

Year 1

Researching Social Life I
Introduction to Crime, Law and Society
The Sociological Imagination
Media, Culture and Society (optional)

Year 2

Researching Social Life II (optional)
Sociology of Crime and Control
Policing, Punishment and Society
Race, Class & Gender (optional)

Final year

Research Project: Sociology
Globalisation and Crime
Policing and Society
Crime, Policy and Social Justice
Children and Young People: Criminological Approaches – Current Debates (optional)
Psychiatry and Mental Illness (optional)

Career opportunities

Careers linked to criminology are varied. Our courses provide an excellent training for work within the criminal justice system, for example as community safety officers, risk assessors, court managers, researchers, paralegals, police officers, probation officers and youth workers.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:

The Institute of Public Finance
Guardian Professional
Synergy Healthcare Research
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Home Office

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States