Criminology (Joint Honours)

What is Joint Honours?

With joint honours, you can study for an honours degree in two subjects. Find out more about joint honours.

Why choose this course?

Employable Graduates - We're ranked in the top 10 Universities in the country for employability with 96.7% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

  • It's a unique course which draws on a range of disciplines to explore criminal behaviour from the perspective of the victim, the offender and the state.You'll apply your learning to a real project working with a local criminal justice agency on the Applied Criminal Justice module, so you find out what it's really like working in the criminal justice sector.
  • We're one of the top schools for teaching Law and Criminology in the UK - as voted by our students in the National Student Survey
  • Our flexible Joint Honours Programme means you can combine Criminology with one or two other subjects.
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UCAS code: Y002

Start date: September

Course length: full time: three years

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

Criminology uses a range of disciplines to examine criminality and the criminal justice system. Whatever pathway you follow you'll be introduced to the historical and contemporary perspectives of criminology before exploring the legal, psychological and sociological aspects of criminality.At first, this includes a brief analysis of relevant theory - the psychological, sociological and legal dimensions and the dynamic relationship between these internal and external influences on behaviour - i.e. the nature/nurture debate.

A unique aspect of criminology at Derby is that you'll also have the opportunity to bring the subject to life. You can apply your learning to a real project working with a local criminal justice agency on the Applied Criminal Justice module. As you progress you'll discover particular areas of interest, such as criminal law and evidence, police powers, crime and gender, offences against children, feminist perspectives and domestic abuse. You'll also look at criminal justice from perspective of the victim and the psychological effects of victimisation. We've got excellent links with the local criminal justice agencies, so you'll have plenty of opportunities for volunteering and getting involved in project work with them. This means that you'll get real hands-on experience which will help you learn.

What you will cover

Criminology is available as a major, joint and minor pathway. Depending on the pathway you choose, you'll select modules from:

Stage one

You will study these modules:

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Stage two

You will study these modules:

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Final stage

You will study one of these modules:

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually 220-300 UCAS points, of which at least 200-240 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We'll accept up to 60 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.

We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.

Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

General undergraduate entry requirements

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Fees and finance

2015/16 Fees

This is a classroom based course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,500 (each year)
  • £1,060 per module (you usually take 18 of these modules in total)

International students

We are in the process of finalising our international fees for 2015/16. In 2014/15 the fee for this course was £10,445 per year (full time).

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

How you'll learn

Criminology at Derby is a very practical course. Not only will you learn through lectures, tutorials, group work and DVDs, but you'll also take part in role plays, practical demonstrations and project work. You'll go on visits to criminal justice agencies, and benefit from expert input from key practitioners in the field.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed by coursework, project work, group work, presentations and portfolios.

Careers and employability

Criminology at Derby is offered as either a minor, joint or major degree in the Joint Honours programme. The subjects that are most popular for combining with Criminology include Psychology and Law.

The Criminology course gives you transferable skills that equip you for a wide range of careers, such the Crown Prosecution Service, the Police Force, probation services, social work or youth offending agencies.You can continue your studies to masters level on the MSc Criminal Investigation or the MSc Cybercrime and E-Investigation. 

Sean Silkstone studied his joint honours degree in Criminology and Sociology and now works for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC)

What our students say

"Within the first half an hour of being at Derby I knew it was the place for me! The thing that really made me sure was the infectious enthusiasm from the lecturers."

Anna Day