Criminology - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Criminology

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,630 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: M212

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

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About your course

The BA (Hons) Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by research active experts and offers exciting opportunites for international fieldwork.

  • Opportunity to undertake international fieldwork visits to places such as Ljubljana, Slovenia and Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Opens up a diverse range of careers including probation work, youth justice, drug referral schemes, victim support, and police and prison services
  • Excellent research-led teaching

A great range of options as well as tutors with significant knowledge and expertise in their subject matter, and a genuine commitment to producing successful students.

Criminology graduate

There was a wide range of modules and the choice to shape the direction of your degree. The support was excellent, with tutors always available to help and prompt with replying and feedback.

Criminology graduate

Work-related learning

Work-related learning is incorporated into every level of this programme so that once you graduate you will be equipped with a range of transferable skills in analysis and interpretation, presentation, teamwork, initiative and research, together with direct work experience that employers value highly.

This degree provides opportunities for you to undertake supervised independent study on a criminology-related issue of your choice, enabling the development of a wide variety of transferable skills and abilities essential for your future employability. For example, the Dissertation and Case Study modules require students to identify an appropriate topic; develop a programme of study and present a clear, coherent and robust piece of written work. While the International Fieldwork module provides students with a unique opportunity to develop and improve these transferable skills within an international context.

Support and guidance

Be supported throughout your course and beyond

It is often useful to discuss course-related issues on a one-to-one basis and for this reason we will assign you a personal tutor for the duration of your studies at LJMU. Your tutor will also help you put together your personal development plan so that you can monitor progress and set your own targets. Module tutors also provide support in the form of online learning materials, course guides and one-to-one consultations if you need them, and there will be study skills sessions to help you prepare for assessments.

Course details

The study of criminology isn't just about the institutions of the criminal justice system. You will also study areas like corporate crime, state crime, miscarriages of justice and inequalities relating to age, class, gender and race.

This interdisciplinary BA course gives you the chance to look at criminology from the perspective of other disciplines such as geography, history, psychology, political science and sociology giving you a much broader understanding of the subject and a rich choice of careers.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills by questioning what we mean by the terms ‘crime’, ‘criminals’, ‘punishment’ and ‘justice’. 

For example, how are such terms constructed and what are the implications for practice? In the third year, you will have an opportunity to explore crime and criminal justice issues in an international context on the International Fieldwork Module and to complete a work-based placement on the Professional Studies module.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4   
  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Criminology in Action
  • Inside the Criminal Justice System
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • Media, Crime and Victimisation
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology   
Level 5
  • Advanced Criminological Theory
  • Criminology into Practice
  • The Politics of Social Control
  • Imagining Crime: Progressive Criminological Theory
  • Local and Global Criminology
  • Criminological Research Enquiry

Level 6

The following options are typically offered:   

  • Dissertation: Proposition and Development
  • Dissertation
  • Interchange: Working with Communities
  • Interchange: Community-based Learning
  • Eco-Global Crime and Harm
  • International Fieldwork in Criminology, including a week long international residential (current destination Slovenia)
  • Police, Power and Social Order
  • Drugs, Intoxication and Society
  • Children and Young People 'at Risk'
  • Theorising Sexed Violence
  • Human Rights
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Justice, Ethics and Responsibility
  • Children and Young People in Conflict with the Law
  • Crime, Space and Place
  • Security, Crime and Terrorism
  • Criminalisation, Punishment and the State

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and one-to-one consultations with your tutors. You will also be expected to study independently and conduct your own self-directed research.

Read more about an International Fieldwork trip to Gothenburg undertaken by Criminology students written by Programme Leader, Dr Giles Barrett.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

The Criminology programme at LJMU is taught by staff from a variety of disciplines including geography, history, psychology, political science, sociology and criminology itself – all of whom are research active and widely published. This level of academic expertise ensures that your degree is at the cutting edge of developments in criminology and related fields.

The team is also committed to ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience. They will meet you for weekly one-to-one consultations to discuss course-related issues, but you will also be allocated a personal tutor who will guide and support you throughout your time at LJMU.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

We understand that all students have different strengths and preferences when it comes to assessments, so we use a variety of methods to assess your work. These include:   

  • essays
  • exams
  • fieldwork projects
  • reports
  • case studies
  • portfolios
  • blogs and wikis
  • workplace practice
  • posters
  • presentations (individual and group)
  • debates
  • reviews and group work

You will normally receive extensive written feedback on your assessments and regular verbal feedback.

All feedback is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies, so staff will be available to discuss it with you and direct you to further support if you feel you need it.

 

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

The choice of careers open to criminology graduates is diverse and exciting.

Your degree could be useful in a range of fields including:

  • policy and administration
  • government advice
  • the children, young people's and youth justice workforces
  • social work, prison and probation services
  • research
  • academia
  • policing
  • investigating miscarriages of justice
  • media research
  • crime documentary and fiction screenwriting/production
  • writing and journalism
  • teaching
  • working in charities and community organisations

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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