Criminology is a fast moving constantly evolving subject which reflects the current social, and political climate. You are provided with opportunities and the resources necessary for you to develop an understanding of how the law is used as a tool to marginalise and criminalise some communities and individuals, while ignoring the crimes of the rich and powerful.
Studying criminology at Brunel means you are taught by academic staff who are actively engaged in criminological research further enriching the substantial and supportive learning resources on offer to you.
The criminology department at Brunel recognises and emphasises the importance of theory that is based on evidence and encourages you to engage in critical evaluation of concepts of crime and deviance. This critical approach nurtures lively debate, and we encourage you to develop independent opinions based on a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, employing both quantitative and qualitative data in considering the processes of criminalisation and victimisation over space and time.
As critical criminologists, you will be encouraged to engage in debates about race, gender, migration, social harms, green criminology and a wide variety of other current topics. Whilst being furnished with the necessary research training in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to engage with and challenge debates as they evolve.
The programme sets out from a broad multi-disciplinary Social Sciences content at FHEQ Level 4 where you will be studying alongside sociology students in some modules as well as on criminology specific modules and then to a more focussed disciplinary content at FHEQ Level 5, and more specific thematic content at FHEQ Level 6, where students are encouraged to personalize their studies through their choice of a range of advanced optional modular blocks.