Develop your understanding of crime in society with the support of our research focused and practice based academics/tutors to develop skills for a career in this field.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Criminology

Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year Zero


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Degree Overview

This course will provide you with transferable skills useful in the criminal justice sector and allied career fields (social work, drugs and alcohol programmes). You will be able to gain practical experience through a wide range of volunteering opportunities (through the DMU Students’ Union) in local criminal justice agencies, including HM Prison and Probation Service, youth offending services and victim support.

This is an applied course, and you will learn first-hand from a team of experienced academics who have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association.

In this programme you will study a range of topics, including Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Society, Crime, Risk and Community Safety, and Young People and the Criminal Justice System. As the course progresses, you will have the flexibility to tailor your learning through optional modules to your desired pathway.

A variety of career paths are available upon graduation, including policing, private security, crime prevention, victim support, prison and probation service, youth justice and drug and alcohol services.

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You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in sectors including policing, youth justice, victim support, social work, HM Prison & Probation Service and teaching.

We have an employability lead for Criminology BA (Hons) who focuses on building up employment links and hosting events to encourage students to think about careers.

This degree as a 95% employment rate

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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De Montfort University

Leicester-based DMU brings the highest standards in education to an inclusive, international curriculum with over 170 accredited courses.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is a diverse university boasting of the highest standards in academics, extracurricular activities, sport, study abroad programmes and great career paths.

In 2021, DMU was named the best university in the UK for our careers and employability service, at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.