Criminology BA (Hons)

UCAS code L311
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Criminology* provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop a critical understanding of the major theories deployed throughout criminology.

Criminology draws on a wide range of human and social science disciplines and is both a theoretical and empirical subject, with many of criminology’s most significant advances achieved through empirical studies. Core to this programme is developing clear and confident research methods and analysis skills. You will also develop a critical understanding of the local, national and international context of crime, offenders, victimisation and responses to crime (including cybercrime).

*subject to validation

Special features

  • You will have the opportunity to combine the study of the social world with the study of crime and its control
  • The nature of the degree will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
  • Taught by highly experienced academics
  • Exciting modules are offered at upper levels of the course, based on the research of course staff
  • Full-time and part-time options mean you can fit your studies around your personal circumstances

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These must include at least two from the list of relevant academic subjects

Advanced entry

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 and at least grade C in the Graded Unit, will be considered for direct entry to year two

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • The enquiring student
  • Understanding the social world
  • Comparative institutions of justice
  • Introduction to criminological theory

You will also choose two option modules from our range of humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • History of crime and punishment
  • Practical research and analysis skills
  • Politics of policing

You will also choose two option modules from our range of humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core modules:

  • Advanced social research methods
  • Psychology of criminal justice
  • Strange cases: crime literature and the construction of crime

You will also select three of the following four modules:

  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Victimology
  • Understanding violence and crime in sport
  • Developing professional practice through placement

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study the following core modules:

  • Cultural criminology
  • Globalisation of crime
  • Restorative justice
  • The darker side of the internet

You will also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 10 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

Students who select ‘Developing professional practice through placement’ as one of their year 3 modules may have additional costs as this is a work placement module, therefore there may be travel expenses or additional requirements.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider the following careers and sectors:

  • Community development worker
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Education (teaching)
  • Researcher
  • Central and local government
  • Police and prison services
  • Court services
  • Security services
  • Non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS
  • Educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime

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Apply for Criminology BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

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