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Criminology BSc

Location

Brunel University London campus

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Entry requirements

TBC (A-level)

N/A (BTEC)

N/A (IB)

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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Overview

SUBJECT TO APPROVAL

Students studying criminology at Brunel will be taught by academic staff who are themselves actively engaged in criminological research activities – an experience which enriches the already substantial and supportive learning resources that are on offer to our students.

Criminology is a fast moving constantly evolving subject which reflects current social, political and public disputes. Therefore, students are provided with opportunities and the resources needed to assist them in developing an increased awareness and appreciation of their own values and those of their cultural and political environment, and an understanding of how alternative values impact upon rival interpretations of evidence.

The criminology department at Brunel both recognises and emphasises the importance of theory that is based on evidence and encourages students to engage in critical evaluation of concepts of crime and deviance, including state crime, crimes of the powerful, crime prevention, security, and crime control policies, as well as other responses to crime and deviance. It nurtures a lively debate and dialogue between a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, employing both quantitative and qualitative data in considering the distribution of crime, and processes of criminalisation and victimisation over space and time.

As a forward-thinking critical criminology degree student will be encouraged to engage in debates about race, gender, migration, social harms, green criminology and a wide variety of other current topics while 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 criminology students 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. 

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Course content

Criminology at Brunel takes a critical approach that is reflected in the range of subjects that seek to challenge notions of crime and deviance through a number of intersecting lenses such as gender, migration, sexuality, race, ethnicity and urbanisation. Brunel offers a wide range of contemporary subjects such as cybercrime, crimes of the powerful, gangs, social harms and visual criminology. These supplement more established criminology debates such as the part played by the media in shaping notions of criminality and the demonization and moral panics that are attached to youth.

We recognise the importance of theory and practical application of theory and with that aim we prepare our students with the tools needed to carry out vigorous research and the opportunity to take up placements with a number of organisations. The vitality of criminology at Brunel is designed to instil students with the knowledge and study skills required for post graduate study should they chose or a wide variety of career options.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Students can expect to have an array of employment opportunities across the public, private and voluntary sectors. This might be in different sectors of the criminal justice system, such as prisons and probation services. But it might also be in a number of related services such as drug and alcohol support services, youth services, victim support services (increasingly in areas of child protection, internet safety, prevention of radicalisation and extremism), as well as other third sector organisations and community-based services.

As criminology graduates, they will also have career opportunities in different policing roles: in a range of police services, border security, the National Crime Agency and numerous others including the private sector security services. Criminology graduates will also have the opportunities for further study at postgraduate level in related disciplines at Brunel or more specifically related to Criminology in London as well as in other HE institutions.

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UK entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

We recognise the importance of being taught by tutors that actively engaged in research and the curriculum adopts a variety of methods which reflects the contributions of individual lecturers. We believe that learning is a social activity – students are encouraged to share knowledge, discuss ideas and aid each other in their intellectual development. We view learning as interactive and co-constructive and situate teaching as a guided conversation rather than simple instruction to student.

The aim of this curriculum is to introduce students to theories and concepts and to enable them to develop their critical understanding. In so doing we develop students’ skills as researchers but also as critical individuals who can build and defend a reasoned argument based on their studies, master new areas of inquiry and with analytic skills that enable them to present their findings for assessment or discussion with their peers in group activities

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Assessment and feedback

Assessments will be varied but always relevant to the nature of the activity/enquiry being carried out and to the expected outcome – which may involve presentation of research, written essay, portfolio work and group participation. Assessment will be through a variety of means to evaluate different skill sets:

  • Coursework essays
  • Examinations (seen and unseen)
  • Individual and Group projects
  • Portfolios
  • Learning Contract
  • Work diaries
  • Reports
  • Case Studies
  • Critical Reviews
  • Online assessment

Students’ knowledge and understanding of learning outcomes will be studied via a range of assessment practices. This mix simultaneously will enforce a broad and comprehensive coverage of the Programme themes and the more selective, creative and skills-oriented form of understanding that will come from particular blocks. Knowledge and understanding of practice-based, research-oriented outcome will be assessed by means of reports of skill-oriented work (as with research methods) at FHEQ Level 4 and 5, and the final year dissertation at FHEQ Level

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.