2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Criminology

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

M212

Points required:

112

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University?

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

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.

Additional course costs

Residential field trips associated with the optional fieldwork module, at level 6, will include flights and bed and breakfast accommodation costs. Locations may be subject to change.

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.

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 choose option modules to explore crime and criminal justice across a range of issues and specialisms and to locate UK based developments and debates within an international context.

"There were 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 feedback."

Criminology graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

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
  • writing and journalism
  • teaching
  • working in charities and community organisations

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Introduction to Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module will begin to form your theoretical and conceptual foundation in Criminology. It will do so by charting some of the key perspectives within the discipline of Criminology and examining the emergence and contours of Critical Criminologies. An appreciation of these, often competing, versions of what Criminology is or should be, and the policy implications which follow, highlight the centrality of theory because ideas have consequences. This module will introduce you to the theoretical pathway of the discipline of Criminology, its relevant conceptual language, the key thinkers involved, and important seminal texts.

Criminology Into Action
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce you to the study skills that are required for successful learning in higher education. From intensively supported classes in which study skills will be taught and practiced, to individual meetings to reflect upon your learning progress and requirements, you will be able to build on and practice your subject-specific and key skills. You will begin to map your development as an active learner and learn to put these skills into action throughout your Criminology programme.

Inside the Criminal Justice System
20 credits

This module introduces you to key criminal justice institutions and processes. It will offer a basic introduction to associated tensions and critiques, which will provide the foundation for more advanced analysis of the politics of social control at Level 5.

Contemporary Issues in Criminology
20 credits

This module will look at some contemporary criminological issues within society (some of which are generally ignored by state institutions as well as by much of criminology itself). We will apply our criminological theoretical imagination to help us understand and theorise them. Adopting a critical lens and simultaneously considering social divisions allows us to explore these issues differently to the ways in which, for example, state institutions may define, understand and seek to tackle them.

Researching Crime And Justice
20 credits

This module introduces you to the themes, concepts and practices involved in research that you will develop at Level 5 and put into practice at Level 6. You will be introduced to a range of research methods used in criminological research, and to the relationship between research, policy, and practice through the use of case studies based upon researchers' and practitioners' own experiences. 

Media, Crime and Victimisation
20 credits

In this module you will achieve three things. First it will address and guide you through theories and concepts of media and crime. Second, drawing on newspaper articles, news programmes, films, documentaries and new media, this module will encourage you to examine how discourses and images evoke fear, anger, hatred or sympathy. Third, the concept and criteria thought to be necessary for the generation of a moral panic will be introduced, and examples of moral panics will be examined in order to draw out the common themes.

Level 5

Core modules

Advanced Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module focuses upon the critical criminological approaches of 'crime', harm, deviance and social control that have emerged since the 1970s. It introduces you to concepts that are derivative of several competing advanced critical theoretical perspectives, placing them in their social and political context.

Criminology Into Practice
20 credits

This module centres on guest talks from practitioners working in a range of settings. These are supported by lectures to provide academic context. The latter will help you to reflect on the extent to which criminological theories, concepts and research are relevant in a practice-based setting. The module also explores wider discussions about the production and application of criminological knowledge. The module equips you with a broad awareness of policy and practice in criminal justice, as well as offering opportunities to engage with practitioners and consider career options. 

The Politics of Social Control
20 credits

In this module you will develop a range of essential qualitative research skills to undertake and reflect upon problem solving research within a supportive environment. The module builds on the EBL in Level 4 and enhances your abilities to engage in research activities. The module includes a short field trip to apply methods in 'the real world', developing transferable skills. For students who are intending to write a dissertation at Level 6, this module provides an essential grounding.

Imagining Crime: Progressive Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module is primarily about challenging established perspectives in Criminology and embracing their more 'progressive' alternatives. The goal of this module is to familiarise you with contemporary developments in the field of theoretical Criminology. It will seek to push your criminological imagination to the cutting edge of disciplinary developments and in so doing provide you with a solid foundation for further study of a progressive nature in Level 6.

Local and Global Criminology
20 credits

This module addresses the local and global dimensions and contested nature of crime and justice, and how the global/local nexus differentially situates crime, whilst at the same time forging new intersections and relationships. At different sites – the city, the body, the state, for example – this module will explore the ways boundaries between crime control and civil liberties are redrawn and broaden everyday definitions of crime to capture neglected areas of criminology.

Criminological Research Enquiry
20 credits

As a developing criminology researcher, this module is concerned with designing and undertaking a focused piece of criminological research using a synergy of quantitative and qualitative research methods. In carrying out your research and collecting your data, we expect you to give due regard to both the philosophical basis of criminological research and, just as importantly, to recognize the complex ethical issues that can often underpin research. You will be introduced to a several new pieces of ICT software for data management and retrieval.

Level 6

Core modules

Dissertation: Proposition And Development
20 credits

This module ensures that you lay down a firm foundation in terms of literature review, theoretical framework and methodology/methods for the Dissertation module in Semester 2. Therefore, the module is designed to enhance your research and analytical skills and to encourage you to be a proactive, independent learner through developing a dissertation proposition which either adds to or challenges existing criminological research in your chosen area. This module will provide the base on which you can build towards your dissertation.

Optional modules

Dissertation
20 credits

This module encourages you to generate your own original data on an issue similar to the themes of the programme, and to produce a piece of work which engages critically with theory and method. Therefore, it is designed to enhance your research and analytical skills and to encourage you to be a proactive, independent learner through constructing a dissertation which either adds to or challenges existing work in your chosen area.

Eco-Global Crime and Harm
20 credits

This module encourages you to critically reflect on the nature and extent of "green" or "environmental" crime and harm, addressing problems of definition, measurement and causation, and relating this to social and philosophical movements and approaches. It addresses the role of the intergovernmental agreement, the state and the criminal justice system in prevention and regulation of "green" or "environmental" crime and harm, and considers the nature and effectiveness of legal, judicial and regulatory approaches.

Victims and Justice
20 credits

This module addresses the substantive and growing criminological interest in the issue of victimisation. It explores different theoretical perspectives associated with the study of victims and the victims place within regulatory and criminal justice practices. It will encourage you to critically explore the state's recognition of, and responses to, victims and their demands for justice, along with the work of groups that campaign on behalf of particular groups of victims.

International Fieldwork in Criminology
20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for the you to undertake independent guided study on a topic, in line with the aims and themes of the programme within an international context. You will also develop a wide range of study skills in the process. The module has a compulsory international fieldwork element incorporated which provides the backdrop to your study focus.

Police, Power and Social Order
20 credits

In this module you will critically consider police power and its relationship to ideas of social and political order and disorder. You will explore the origins of police, considering the development of the police project in both domestic, colonial and international settings and in doing so critically examine the relationship between police, state power and the question of order. The module considers historical and contemporary policing through a series of case study issues.

Drugs, Intoxication And Society
20 credits

This module allows you to critically engage with the field of intoxication. It covers many areas connected to drug use, but maintains a core focus upon policy, treatment interventions, and theoretical understandings of drug users.

Children and Young People ‘At Risk’
20 credits

The first task of this module is to critically unpick the concept of 'risk' and the debates that surround the ways in which it has been used in policy and practice responses with children and young people. You will also look at wider contemporary perspectives surrounding children and young people who are 'at risk' in various contexts and how this influences the legal, policy and practice responses to these issues. Finally, you will critically assess how the system itself can pose a 'risk' to children and young people, and begin to consider proposals for reform.

Theorising Sexed Violence
20 credits

In this module you will explore and analyse various approaches to representations of, and responses to, sexed violence. We question the multiple meanings of 'sex', 'gender', 'violence' and numerous other conceptualisations in order to disrupt popular or common sense understandings of sexed crimes. By examining the role played by culture, ethnicity and sexuality in legal translations of various forms of violence against women, the module raises questions about the violence of law, especially its androcentrism, ethnocentrism and heterosexism.

Human Rights
20 credits

This module provides you with an overview and analysis of the theoretical discourse of human rights, and the development of related global governance structures since 1948. You will evaluate the political and practical implications of promoting and defending human rights through country and issue based comparative analysis.

Crime, Media, Culture
20 credits

This module is designed to connect you with the growing and influential sub-field of cultural criminology. You will learn to understand the interfaces between crime, media, and culture, to understand the range of identifiable groups connected to notions of crime, deviance and social control as ‘cultural constructs’, and to appreciate the growing criminological significance of various new, popular and entertainment media.

Children and Young People in Conflict with the Law
20 credits

In this module you will look at the contemporary legal, policy and practice responses to children and young people who are in conflict with the law. You will look at how these can be analysed and explained. Balancing accountability and the rehabilitation and welfare needs of children and young people in conflict with the law raises critical questions regarding the most appropriate ways to respond, including: At what age should children be held criminally responsible? Should imprisonment ever be used as a form of punishment for children and young people? Do formal criminal processes harm children and young people? Can state responses to children in conflict with the law be considered in isolation from other services or interventions? 

Crime, Space And Place
20 credits

In this module you will critically question many taken-for-granted assumptions about fear of crime and crime itself. Central to this will be an examination of crime and social harm at spatial scales from local to global. While the urban environment is the main stage for a critical examination of social and cultural constructions of cities as loci of crime and disorder, the culturally imagined safeness, peacefulness and 'neighbourliness' of rural and more isolated environments also comes under scrutiny.

Security, Crime and Terrorism
20 credits

In this module you will critically consider the causes, and nature, of terrorism, state–terrorism, and organised crime. This module also seeks to ensure you recognise the manner in which state policy and practice work to generate (in)security, and the effectiveness and impact on communities and human rights processes.

Criminalisation, Punishment and The State
20 credits

In this module you will study the complexity and intersections of punishment across the policy terrains of penology and social policy since the late 1960s. It explores the historical and contemporary landscape of punishment within a context of diminishing and increasingly conditional welfare provision in order to explore how critical criminology has contributed to our understanding of punishment, its role and its impacts. The module will encourage you to critically reflect on the reconfiguration of the state's power to punish.

Criminology Work Placement 1
20 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to secure a work placement relevant to the study of Criminology. The aim is that you will be able to identify, assess and reflect upon how your skills and abilities transfer from your academic studies to the world of work, and how these skills and abilities might be enhanced via agreed work placement objectives. The module aims to lay down a firm foundation for Criminology Work Placement 2.

Criminology Work Placement 2
20 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to secure a work placement relevant to the study of Criminology. The aim is that you will be able to identify, assess and reflect upon how your skills and abilities transfer from your academic studies to the world of work and how these skills and abilities have been enhanced via your work placement. The module also offers you opportunities to reflect on the links between your work placement experience and your programme of study.

Understanding and Challenging Inequalities and Exclusion
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of processes of social exclusion and social inequalities. It draws upon theoretical and empirical accounts of inequality and exclusion to help you to gain an understanding of social divisions and intersectionalities. A case-study approach will be employed to develop your ability to apply key exclusionary concepts and to critically assess both the implications of exclusion and official responses to it.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies.  Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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

You will be encouraged to participate in the International Fieldwork module in the final year of the degree. Previous students have visited Gothenberg in Sweden and Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. In a recent blog post following her trip, one student talks about how the fieldwork trip turned into a life-changing experience.

Work-related Learning

The degree provides opportunities for you to undertake supervised independent study on a Criminological 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 Work Placement 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

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

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.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include 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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Janet Jamieson

Dr Janet Jamieson

Programme leader

Janet is Subject Leader for Criminology and manages the BA (Hons) Criminology and the and BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology undergraduate degree programmes. She joined LJMU in September 2007 as a Senior Lecturer having previously taught Criminology at Lancaster University and held Research Fellowships within the Young Justice Research Centre at the University of Liverpool and the Social Work Research Centre at the University of Stirling.

This degree provides opportunities for you 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.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Justice Studies is a leading provider of education in Policing Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice. We provide specific training for policing students wishing to enter the service as a graduate recruit. The John Foster Building has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives 24 hour access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Preferably including Humanities and Social Science subject.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​The following criteria are desirable but not essential. Please demonstrate your development of these attributes in the personal statement included in your application:

A critical interest in how societies are constructed and the issues and challenges presented. A questioning mind. Good written and verbal communication skills, as you will be expected to convey knowledge to other people. Good analytical skills, so that you can evaluate policies and practiceGood reading and information retrieval skills - obtaining information from a range of sources and using it to support analysis.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.