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Criminology and Law

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
3 Years

Program Description

Bringing together the closely related disciplines of Law and Criminology, this course explores the widely publicised and often emotive issues surrounding crime, punishment, justice and the legal system.

You will be introduced to the notion of crime, control of crime and legal treatment of crime. Students are taught using a mixture of lectures and small group seminars and ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. This supports students to explore topics more independently, in-depth and see their connection to real-world issues.

Designed and shared by Criminology and the Law School and also having input from International Studies, the programme aims to prepare you to think about deviance, victimisation, punishment and regulation of justice issues. It is designed to give you an opportunity to develop a rounded understanding of public and state responses to crime with guest speakers including staff from prisons, and victims providing real-world learning insights into such topics as mental health, court procedures and custody. Law modules also emphasise putting legal writing and research skills into practice.

Ideal for those interested in careers in criminal justice and with transferrable analytical and problem-solving skills useful in a wide range of jobs, the course considers the strengths and shortcomings of the legal system and the various philosophical, political, social, economic and moral issues which have shaped it and affect us today.

Coventry has a reputation for teaching excellence and excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.

Ranked 4th for Career Prospects in Criminology and 10th for Teaching Quality in Law – Guardian University Guide 2020.

Entry Requirements

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Year 1

Introduction to Criminology: Theory and Skills

Victims and Victimology

Exploring Crime

Legal Methods I

Legal Methods 2

Add+vantage module

Year 2

Researching Crime

Punishment and Control

Policing and Society

Criminal Law

Introduction to Practical Legal Skills


Year 3

Current Issues in Criminology

Violence and Exploitation

Research Project in Criminology

Global Organised Crime

Law of Evidence


This degree is designed to provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the:

  • prison
  • probation
  • police service
  • community safety
  • crime prevention

You will have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and develop a range of skills and competencies that are intended to set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as:

  • group work
  • literature reviewing
  • critical analysis
  • the delivery of oral presentations

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications and work for a range of organisations, including:

  • The National Crime Agency
  • the Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • HM Prison Service
  • Coventry Cyrenians
  • West Midlands Police

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