BA (Hons) Criminology

Criminology at Winchester engages with the key theories, concepts and perspectives on crime, criminal activity and the criminal justice system. It also facilitates opportunities to apply those theories to practice while at the same time engaging with a range of professions and practitioners who work within the criminal system.
*subject to revalidation

BA (Hons) Criminology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L370

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years) 

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900 

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Additional Costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Visiting lecturers provide students with direct contact with practitioners and professionals related to criminology and the criminal justice system.


There is a student-led Criminology Society which works closely with the Crime and Justice Research Centre to organise talks and trips.

Student satisfaction:

As this course started in 2012, there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Students have commented positively (via student evaluations and in the undergraduate videos) on:

  • The quality of teaching on the programme; 'excellent lecturers'
  • Opportunities to experience a range of teaching approaches and styles
  • Small, tight-knit community

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

As Criminology is both a theoretical and empirical discipline, it aims to provide the student with an understanding of the key theoretical perspectives and concepts in explaining its subject matter, as well as the opportunity to test and put into practice some of those explanations in relation to the substantive issues addressed by the discipline. Additionally, the programme is about the development of both subject specific and generic knowledge and skills. As such a major feature of the delivery of the BA Criminology programme is the engagement of the student not only with key theories, perspectives and concepts which underpin the substantive aspect of Criminology, but also to facilitate the student in engaging with those issues and topics in a manner which serves to develop their understanding of Criminology in practice. Throughout the three year programme a number of modules will facilitate opportunities for such student engagement.

The Criminology programme at Winchester has been designed to provide students with an exciting and attractive programme which will enhance their transferable skills, knowledge and academic understanding in preparation for entering the graduate job and career market. Within this context the programme includes, at the beginning of final year, the module Criminology and Professional Development: Planning for Employment; this module highlights and makes explicit the links between critical academic theory, technical knowledge and generic skills, thereby addressing both the QAA Criminology Employability Benchmarks and the UCAS Employability Profile for Criminology. Specifically within this module, but also throughout the entire programme, the aim is to bring together the methodological, academic and practical skills essential to professional development and career opportunities. Within this specific module, but also throughout the programme, students will engage with various crime related professionals, agencies and organisations where they will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of various occupations, opportunities and requirements for recruitment.

Students gain a thorough grounding in criminological and social theories and methods, and an understanding of wide-ranging topics including crime and punishment; crime and the media; policing; crimes against humanity; miscarriages of justice; gender and crime; organised crime; and cybercrime. Students acquire skills of gathering data using quantitative and qualitative methods, synthesising and interpreting evidence and assembling arguments, presenting evidence and formulating findings and conclusions. 

Students in Year 1 gain an awareness of the key principles and concepts underpinning the study of crime. They explore the central theories and methodologies encountered within the social sciences and within criminology, and gain an understanding of key ideas underlying social policy and the criminal justice system.

In Year 2, students develop their understanding of criminological and social theory and explore a range of topics addressing significant and current themes. They also develop their ability to approach research in criminology.

In Year 3, students broaden their knowledge of topics in the field and put into practice their independent research skills by specialising in a topic of their own choice.

Students also have the opportunity to become a member of The British Society of Criminology, which has been in existence for 50 years, and is the society for criminologists, both academic and professional, within the United Kingdom. The society aims to further the interests and knowledge of those engaging with crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system. Members can enjoy a range of benefits, including networking opportunities and subscriptions to key publications.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Criminology 1: Perceptions and Perspectives
  • Social Policy
  • Crime and Justice in the Nineteenth Century
  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Criminology 2: Communities, Identities and Crime
  • Key Thinkers and Themes in Conceptualising Crime
  • Portrayals of Crime and Deviance
  • Police and Police Work

Year 2

  • Criminological Theory
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice/Innocence Project
  • Criminal Justice and Punishment
  • Contemporary Criminological Issues
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Applied Techniques: Forensic Archaeology
  • Criminological Research

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Development: Planning for Employment
  • Policing Society
  • Sex Crime: Criminal Justice and Civil Measures
  • Young People, Deviance and Crime
  • Globalised Crime: Organised Crime and Cybercrime
  • Crime and Humanity

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available. Students regularly work in teams and as individuals. In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

The Criminology programme adopts a diverse range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided reading exercises, independent study, group work, debates, guest speakers and individual project supervision. At all points, theory and academic study is related to real world experience. These teaching methods are designed to support students' learning and progression, from initial support and guidance in Year 1 to more independent and self-directed study in Year 3. The programme actively encourages students to form support groups to assist with learning and make the learning experience easier. These are small groups of students who meet on a regular basis to discuss criminological issues. Students find these informal groups rewarding and enriching.

As students progress, they are encouraged to develop and implement a more critical stance to criminological theories, findings and approaches, as well as acquire a range of generic and subject-specific skills and abilities such as written and oral communication, developing effective analysis, argument, interpretation and evaluation skills.

Key features of the Criminology course are the opportunities to engage with practitioners and professions related to criminology and the criminal justice system. Visiting lectures, volunteering and work-based modules provide students with direct contact with and experience of work in contexts such as the police service, prison, probation and community -based organisations and agencies. Embedded in the course is the experience of working on the Innocence Project, which introduces live cases of criminal appeals. This is a unique opportunity for students to contribute to and experience real-world criminology in action. There is a student-led society which works closely with the Crime and Justice Research Centre to organise talks and trips.

Teaching team

Our team of Criminology lecturers have professional and academic expertise in a range of relevant areas including working for the police, probation and the Youth Offending sector, and collaborating with investigative journalists, magistrates, youth workers and barristers. The course is complimented by a Forensic Studies degree, whose students take some of the Criminology courses, and whose lecturers have an input into the Criminology programme around Forensic archaeology and crime scene investigation techniques.

Dr Matt Clement, Programme Leader and Lecturer in Criminology
T: +44 (0) 1962 624629

In addition to the expertise within the University, the programme will work in partnership with agencies, organisations and individuals external to the University involved in a range of aspects of Criminology and crime related professions, occupations and issues. These will include the police, prison and probation service, representatives of the legal services and professions, those involved in youth, community and safety sectors as well as various members of the security services and former prisoners and offenders. This approach enables both the teaching team and the students of Criminology to engage with a range of relevant areas, issues and contacts outside the University, thereby providing the programme with a firm footing in the world outside academia.

Attendance regulations

Full attendance is expected on the Programme and students will be expected to attend all of the sessions timetabled or publicised during the teaching weeks. Where modules include both a lecture and a seminar, attendance will be checked for both sessions. Students will only be counted as having attended if they have signed the register for BOTH the lecture and the seminar concerned. 

If a student only attends 3 of the 12 taught sessions without valid concessionary grounds, any work submitted will be capped at the minimum pass mark of 40%. It must be emphasised that only those absences without good cause will be penalised. 

Where a student's absence lasts for more than two consecutive teaching weeks, the student will be required to provide the Course Administrator with a written explanation, so that this may be placed within the Student's file. If the absence is for longer, then a medical certificate must be submitted to the Course Administrator; it will be the responsibility of the student to provide the necessary documentation/evidence.

Where there is persistent absence from teaching and learning sessions (for example, missed 3 teaching and learning sessions in a particular module), the student will be requested to meet with the Module Leader. The Course Administrator will monitor attendance and highlight any issues to the Module Leader. 

Further information



For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library



The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates are equipped for a wide range of criminal justice careers including the police service, youth and probation work, and the prison service. The Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs, legal firms and other relevant support roles in crime-related work are also potential employment routes.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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