Criminology and Criminal Psychology undergraduate courses

Our exciting, hands-on courses will take you to the heart of criminology and criminal investigation, with opportunities to work on real cases, assist the police in public order exercises, visit prisons and much more.

Prepare yourself for a career within criminal justice by studying the social implications of crime and its impact on communities. With a strong practical focus on solving real-world problems, Criminology is the foundation for an exciting and hands on role working within the courts, prisons, police or young offenders.

As the home of the International Policing and Justice Institute, the University of Derby enjoys a world-class reputation for police education and research, which you will be able to take full advantage of during your Criminology and Policing studies.

“Staff definitely go that extra mile”

“The Criminology and Policing course provided plenty of opportunities to talk to practitioners, visit courts and prisons, and to participate in a mock murder inquiry looking at crime scene work. We looked at real cases, interviewed offenders, and carried out our own research projects. This opportunity was vital to our understanding of criminal behaviours and rehabilitation issues.

“I highly recommend the University of Derby, the teaching is great and the open door policy is second to none. Staff definitely go that extra mile.”

Emily Ferry, BSc (Hons) Criminology

Find out about studying Criminology at the University of Derby
2ndfor teaching quality - BSc (Hons) Criminology **Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide
94.3%for overall satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Criminology **National Student Survey 2018
4thfor student experience - BSc (Hons) Criminology**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide


We are one of the only UK Universities who offer the option to gain the professional career boosting accreditation of the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC), the most widely held qualification in youth justice. This popular qualification brings together the current state of theory, practice and evidence to provide the knowledge, confidence and evidence base to make more effective judgements. It provides a framework to assess new ideas and new evidence arising in the future as your practice continues to be developed. 


Gain a global perspective on your studies - spend a semester of your second year studying at one of our partner universities in the USA, or take part in our Go Places, Go Further scheme and spend up to one year at one of our partner universities across the globe.

We also have strong links with organisations throughout the region in many different sectors, which offers a great opportunity to be able to find work experience in the field of your choice. Gaining experience in addition to your studies is strongly encouraged by our academics as it adds to your CV and ensures you are work place ready and employable on graduating.


As a Criminology student, you will get the chance to go on a paid international study trip as part of your degree to the USA, where previous groups have visited Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

There is also an extensive programme of fieldtrips locally and nationally throughout your studies which provides you with further insight into criminal justice.

Teaching team

All of our Criminology staff are HEA Fellows which demonstrates our commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience. This is reflected in our rating of 2nd for teaching quality in the Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide.

Professional experience

Our teaching team won the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology 2017 which recognises outstanding teaching in Criminology across Higher Education Institutions across the UK, so rest assured you will be taught by the best in the industry.

Alongside our enthusiastic and dedicated teaching team, we are also home to world renowned professors in Criminology, Professor Stephen Farrall and Professor Ray Bull whose work in the field of Criminology has been recognised worldwide.


Study at One Friar Gate Square, our dedicated centre for the study of law, criminology and policing. You will be able to build your practical experience in our specialist facilities which include a replica crown court, student legal advice centre and interview rooms.


Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles such as: