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Criminology (with Placement Year)
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Criminology (with Placement Year)

Coventry University
Coventry, Great Britain
 1104 Points
4 Years

Program Description

In this course you will explore the causes of crime, control of crime and public reaction to crime. In addition to the focus on the causes of crime you will also study the means by which society, social groups and the state, including prisons and police, attempt to deal with it.

Throughout the course you will engage with contentious issues including ‘What are the causes of crime?’ ‘How can crime be prevented?’ and ‘Do prisons work?’ Examining these questions from a variety of perspectives and reviewing the evidence for and against different theories. This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the criminal justice sector, in professions such as policing, community safety or youth offending.

You will be taught through an innovative approach to learning which involves guest speakers from different spheres of criminological activity such as the UK Borders Agency, practising psychologists, victims and oversight agencies to provide effective learning insights which complements the expertise of lecturers and is designed to ensure you are engaging with the most contemporary issues in criminology.

We place a strong emphasis on relevant work experience and have 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.

Criminology at Coventry University is ranked 8th for Student Satisfaction and 4th for career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
IB Diploma
English Level
A levels

More requirements:

  • Academic transcripts

Other accepted qualifications:


Other accepted English qualifications and information:

  • SELT
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.


Year 1

Introduction to Criminology: Theory and Skills

Crime Typologies

Victims and Victimology

Global Criminology

Exploring Crime

Year 2

Community Safety and the Environment

Researching Crime

Punishment and Control

Policing and Society

Youth Crime and Justice

Placement Year

Professional Placement

Year 4

Forensic Mental Health

Violence and Exploitation

Current Issues in Criminology

Research Project

Deviant Leisure


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 and West Midlands Police.


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