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This new Criminology and Criminal Behaviour degree prepares you for a career in the criminal justice sector – in the criminal justice system, or in the wider field of offending behaviour.

You’ll benefit from high quality criminology teaching, and also build a strong understanding of the social psychology behind criminal justice and offending behaviour.

You’ll gain invaluable experience of working in the criminal justice sector; our Sociology and Criminology Division has strong links with industry, business and related socio-legal professions meaning you’ll benefit from unique placement opportunities.

On graduation you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities open to you, as well as the ability to undertake further study in areas such as law or psychology.


Entry requirements

Typical offer – 96 UCAS tariff points.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It’s not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.

A levels

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes

Meet UCAS Tariff of 96 — there are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate requirements

96 UCAS tariff points to include at least 64 points from 2 HL subjects. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus minimum of

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

CIFS entry requirement

If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies

80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details). UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Introduction to the Social Sciences

And ONE additional module from the following:

  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Progression requirements for degree programme

An overall average of at least 40%

Course Content

ll module information is subject to change.

First year


Studying Social Sciences: A Critical Approach (SAC4009-B)

Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice (SAC4007-B)

A Critical History of Crime and Punishment (SAC4011-B)

Introduction to Psychology (SAC4008-B)

Criminological Theory (SAC4012-B)


Introduction to Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation (ARC4017-B)

British Society Since 1945: Rethinking History (SAC4010-B)

Second year


Social Science Methodologies: Interpreting the Social World (SAC5014-B)

Psychology and Crime: Victims and Offenders (SAC5017-B)

Legal and Moral Constructions of Crime and Criminal Behaviour (SAC5018-B)

Constructing Mental Health and Crime (SAC5019-B)

Applying Social Science in Real World Contexts: Research & Employment (SAC5016)


Final year


Models of Forensic Psychology (SAC6006-B)

Work Placement (SAC6007-D)

Dissertation (SAC6015-D)

International Perspectives on Crime (SAC6005-B)

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Graduates will leave with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills and will be highly attractive within and outside the criminal justice sector.

Employment statistics

87.5% of our 2017 Sociology and Criminology graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 Sociology and Criminology graduates was £19,117.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.



Learning and assessment

The programme adopts a range of teaching methods in order to provide a varied experience, allowing all students to learn appropriately.

Some modules take place on the wider faculty arena, bringing students into contact with students of other disciplines. In your first year, you will typically be in lectures, workshops and seminar groups with other students from your degree programme. You will also have individual and group tutorials with your Personal Tutor to develop your learning skills and style. In your second year, you will experience teaching styles similar to those in year one but also encouraging you to apply your developing skills to constructing research approaches and projects. In your final year you will apply those skills to more independent work on a dissertation and in a work placement as well as applying the knowledge acquired in previous years to two specialist crime modules.

Assessment varies by module. Assessment methods include individual and group presentations, essays, reports and examinations. Students are offered opportunities to present formative assessment in all modules where this is feasible. The assessment diet is incremental: a maximum of 2,000 words or the equivalent per module in the first year, graduating in length to offer the opportunity for a major piece of academic work and a work-related academic analysis in your final year.

Study support

You’ll be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor who has regular and weekly ‘drop-in’ slots available. Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged.

You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor to supervise your dissertation.


Our academic expertise in the field of Sociology and Crime ensures that programme content and delivery is research-led, contemporary and robustly informed.

We have an experienced, highly-qualified and strongly research-active teaching team. The programme will be taught by existing experienced staff with strong research records who have published widely in sociology, social policy, criminal justice and vocational and professional subjects such as education and social work.

Formal lectures facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding at the early stages of the course. As it progresses, the main emphasis is on self-directed research and evaluation of related literature; students will be supported in these by individual supervisors. These aspects further develop the research-informed nature of the curriculum.

The dissertation module provides a major opportunity to demonstrate competence in the execution of desktop and/or empirical research and autonomy in data-handling and critical interpretation in a research context. The ability to deal with complex issues and solve problems will be enhanced by effective reflective practice.





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