Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

120 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA/BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Criminology and Sport Studies at Derby

What are the consequences of crime? How are criminals managed and controlled? How can athletic performance be enhanced through Sport Psychology? Explore human behaviour from the criminal mind to high performance sport.

Our teaching team are research active, so your studies will be underpinned by developing knowledge of criminal behaviour, offending and rehabilitation, sports psychology and sport coaching.

Expert Teaching

Your Sport Studies modules will be taught by experts who are specialists in their chosen field. This includes accredited Sport Psychologists, Physiologists and Strength and Conditioning experts who bring their professional experience into the classroom. Our Criminology teaching team is made up of lecturers from a wide range of backgrounds including probation, policing, law, mental health and academia. Our lecturers engage with organisations in the local community, nationally, and around the world – many of them publish in journals and textbooks.

Bringing your subject to life

During the course you’ll will undertake practical work in our outstanding sport facilities. Our physiology laboratory contains the latest equipment for testing and measuring fitness for both participation and performance sport. You’ll will also use a range of computer software packages for performance and statistical analysis.

You’ll have the opportunity to bring the subject to life through our industry links, thanks to our strong relationships with sport and exercise professionals, the police, probation service, and prisons.

Top10for teaching qualityCriminology subject area - Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2024
Top20for satisfaction with teachingCriminology - Guardian University Guide 2024
Top15for student experienceCriminology subject area - Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2024

Choose your pathway

Studying a Criminology and Sport Studies Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.

You begin the degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.

In this combination Criminology is the major subject and Sport Studies is the minor subject.

In this pathway you study Criminology and Sport Studies equally.

In this pathway you study Sport Studies and Criminology equally.

In this combination Sport Studies is the major subject and Criminology is the minor subject.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

The modules below indicate the range of modules you may study as part of this combination, however prescribed and optional modules will vary depending on whether you choose to study both subjects equally, or choose to major or minor in a subject. To find out exactly which modules you would study as part of your chosen combination please contact jhs@derby.ac.uk.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

On your Criminology modules you’ll learn through a combination of:

On your Sport Studies modules you’ll learn in a variety of different ways including formal lectures, discussion led seminars, practical demonstrations and other technology-based innovations. There will also be opportunities to get involved in applied case studies, role playing scenarios, coaching sessions and community-based work. You’ll be assessed on your theoretical knowledge and your ability to apply this in practice. Our practice-based learning takes place in our specialised Sport and Exercise facilities.

Learning from both industry experts and peers on your course, you’ll work on both individual and group-based assessments with students from across the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on real world and live assessment briefs with external organisations for example, you may be asked to present new ideas for the development or enhancement of external projects to employers.

How you are assessed

Your Criminology assessment is via a stimulating mix of:

On your Sport Studies modules you’ll be assessed via a range of different methods. This includes:

Who will teach you 

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Subject Leaders 

Lee Pridmore
Programme Leader BA (Hons) Sport Management

Lee is the leader of the BA (Hons) Sport Management programme. He has over 15 years experience of leading modules, programmes and other roles in the discipline area of sport at the University of Derby.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

Find out more about personal academic tutoring

Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
A LevelBBB
T LevelMerit in Science
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 21, Merit: 24, Pass: 0. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


Criminology graduates are well suited to a range of roles in fields such as policing, Crown Prosecution Service, courts, probation and prison services, youth offending teams, law enforcement agencies, social research, public sector management or victim services.

Graduates in the School of Sport and Exercise Science have secured jobs in performance and participation sport. Some work for commercial sport organisations whilst others work at the community level. Outside of this, some graduates work in the National Health Service to support rehabilitation, recovery and fitness whilst others have become teachers at primary or secondary school level.

Further career destinations include the armed services, the police force, personal trainer or lifestyle coach.

Careers and Employment Service  

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business. 

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees

To welcome you to our team, you’ll receive a University of Derby, Sport and Exercise T-Shirt.

If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if completed via the University.

For additional qualifications you are interested in, we may contribute to or fund these, but it is at the Sport and Exercise Science team’s discretion.

Optional costs not included in your fees

Recommended books – costs will vary depending on your choices.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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