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BACriminology with Social Psychology

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £13,350 per year
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Our course provides a thorough training in the foundations of criminology, exploring the nature of crime, criminals, and criminal justice within wider social and psychological contexts. Social psychological approaches are increasingly crucial in understanding the interpersonal dynamics in crime control organisations, as well as exploring questions of criminal motivation.

You will explore topics including:

- Crime and its control
- Power
- Identity

You also have the opportunity to complete a supervised dissertation on a topic that inspires you, encouraging you to think differently and connect with live issues and debates, and preparing you for your graduate career.

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

Programme structure

Year 1

Discovering Psychology: The Science Behind Human Behaviour
Researching Social Life I
Introduction to Crime, Law and Society
The Sociological Imagination

Year 2

Researching Social Life II
Social Psychology (Sociology): Self and Interaction
Sociology of Crime and Control
Race, Class & Gender (optional)

Final year

Psychiatry and Mental Illness
Globalisation and Crime
Research Project: Sociology
Mass Media and Modern Life (optional)

Career opportunities

As an Essex criminology graduate, you can use the skills and knowledge gained from your degree to pursue a range of fulfilling careers. 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.

In recent years our graduates have gone on to work in a range of high-profile organisations including:
The Institute of Public Finance
Guardian Professional
United Synergy Healthcare Research
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Home Office
Media Analysts

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States