Criminology

Explore a fascinating blend of social science, sociology and law while studying one of Scotland’s top Criminology degrees. Be taught by leading experts and gain valuable professional experience work placements.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

M9M9

Why study Abertay's BA (Hons) in Criminology?

Students of criminology will explore a fascinating blend of social science, sociology and law, learning from Abertay’s research-active staff to examine the nature of law making and the various influences on how society is ‘policed’.

This course scored nearly 90% for Teaching and Learning Resources in the 2020 National Student Survey. 

This degree delivers up-to-the-minute knowledge from experts at the leading-edge of their fields. It introduces you to key criminal issues and shapes your understanding of the relationship between crime, society, politics, the media and criminal justice policy.

Get set to have your understanding of crime, deviance and the criminal justice process challenged and developed. This is achieved through the study of sociological and criminological explanations for crime, and by exploring the ways in which crime is controlled and regulated in modern societies.

Later in the programme, you’ll choose from an array of core and specialist option modules in criminology and sociology. These include modules that explore contemporary criminological theory, race and crime, policing and police work, penal institutions, human rights and cybercrime.

An optional work placement is available in fourth year, which will require you to attend a relevant work environment outside of the university.

Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

  • Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
  • Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with TeachingCourse and Feedback.
  • National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

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How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment 

You’ll learn through a blend of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work.

Around a third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.

Other assessment methods include supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, and reflective analyses.

In your final year, you’ll design and produce a research project under the dedicated supervision of a member of academic staff.

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 English grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.  National 4 Maths or Lifeskill Maths (Pass) or National 5 numerate subject as such Biology, Chemistry or Physics at C.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

One of the following: Business Management; Classical Studies; Economics; English; ESOL; Geography; History; Media Studies; Modern Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies; Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office (admissions@abertay.ac.uk) who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Republic of Ireland applicants, click on the UK tabs and scroll down to find your Entry Requirements.

See information about studying and applying to Abertay for International students.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) ABBB Literate subject
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBC Literate subject at B
A-Level BCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Health & Social Care/Public Services/Travel & Tourism
AHEAD Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to: Humanities, Arts & Humanities and Primary Education, University Study, Community, Education & Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and Primary Teaching, Languages, Arts & Social Science, Degree Studies, Celtic Studies
HNC Our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses​
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher ABB Sociology or Modern Studies
A-Level ABB Sociology
HNC Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses

Non-country specific qualifications

International Baccalaureate

29 points including S5 or H4 in one of the Essential Subjects.

Country Specific Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from over the world. Select your country from the below options.