BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

If you’re interested in studying crime, criminality, victimisation and the criminal justice system, the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice is for you. You will develop a critical awareness of theory and practice in criminology, and understand the social context of crime and how it is managed. You will also learn how agencies operate within the criminal justice system.

We have strong links with criminal justice agencies and offer modules that reflect the current nature of this subject, often inviting guest speakers to talk to you about their work. As well as volunteering opportunities, you can complete a work placement module, which could help you secure employment when you graduate. Find us on Twitter @USWCriminology.

What you will study

Year One

  • Researching Crime and Justice I
  • Understanding Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Understanding Crime, Victims and Society
  • Contemporary Crime
  • Crime, Media and Culture

Year Two

  • Policing
  • Riots, Protest and Public Disorder
  • Researching Crime and Justice II
  • Understanding Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Substance Misuse
  • Option module

Year Three

You will study:

  • Dissertation
  • Understanding Homicide
  • Comparative Criminology

You will also have the opportunity to choose two optional modules from the below:

  • Critical Issues in Criminal Investigations
  • Terrorism, Security and...
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You can find out more about the staff who will be teaching you on the Centre for Criminology Research website. Our academics also run the Criminal Investigation Research Network and the Welsh branch of the British Society of Criminology and membership is open to our students.


This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018

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