Criminology - BA (Hons)

Explore the causes of crime, the effectiveness of punishment, and how crime and victimisation are represented in the media.

Course details

In doing so, you’ll challenge your existing opinions. You’ll also develop skills in evaluating contrasting evidence, critical thinking and crafting arguments by learning how sociologists, psychologists, political theorists and law experts approach crime and complex social problems.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Our BA (Hons) Criminology course places value on hands-on learning. You’ll learn through case studies, the latest research and interactive sessions – and you might also have the opportunity for field trips to courts, prisons and sites such as Auschwitz.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above which must include English Language or English Literature.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


As a BA (Hons) Criminology graduate you’ll be well-equipped for a career in a number of public services. These include the probation service, prison service (officers and governors), police (crime scene and victim liaison officers), the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts), the Crown Prosecution Service, the Court Service, youth offending teams and crime reduction partnerships.

The multidisciplinary nature of this course, and its focus on employability and transferable skills, can also open doors elsewhere for example in adult guidance work, charity work, counselling, local government, political analysis, and legal careers.


We’ll assess you using a range of methods, including case studies, presentations, essays, short, weekly pieces of writing, portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations and group projects. You’ll receive constructive feedback throughout the course to help you improve your work.

  • Crime News and Criminology
  • The Evolution of Crime and Criminology
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Media, Society and Crime
  • Making A Difference
  • Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Violence, Masculinity and Confrontation

Optional modules

  • Cybercrime and Policing
  • Intoxicants and Intoxication
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Health Inequalities
  • Lessons Learned: Inquests, Tribunals and Truth
  • Dark Web Policing and Control
  • Violence, Gender and Victimisation
  • Using Linguistics: an introduction to forensic, clinical and computational linguistics
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Youth, Crime and Aggression
  • Criminology and Policing in Policy and Practice

Optional modules

  • Comparative and Global Criminal Justice
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Organised Crime
  • Police and Counter-terrorism
  • Feminist Debates and Activism
  • Concepts of Good and Evil
  • Sexuality and Social Control
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity
  • Politics and Social Media
  • Exploitation, Trafficking and Sexual Violence
  • Anglia Language Programme