Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 2F46 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 4L5T 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 2F47 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 2F48 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
What is criminal behaviour? What motivates offenders? How does crime impact victims, and which punishments should be imposed on criminals? These are some of the questions you’ll explore this BSc (Hons) Criminology course.
At Surrey, we’re proud to be ranked 2nd for criminology by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
Our research-led BSc (Hons) Criminology course will help you develop a critical perspective on contemporary problems relating to crime, deviance and social control, teaching you the methods necessary to conduct and evaluate research in these areas.
What you will study
This course focuses on the study of crime, deviance and the criminal justice system. It will develop your understanding of the concepts, theories and principles of criminology and their application across a range of case studies and examples.
The cause and effect of criminal actions
The form and outcome of social disorders
The policing and regulation of public order
The procedures and techniques of the criminal justice system
The relationship between behaviours and punishments.
Through combining criminological theory with training in professional social research, you’ll graduate with a broad range of communicative, analytical and organisational skills – and the confidence to apply them in your future career.
"Living on campus is convenient as you can get to lectures within ten minutes, you have the library on your doorstep and you feel part of a community.” Kozeta Ismaili, student
You’ll benefit from our modern teaching facilities including a recently expanded and fully networked computer laboratory based in the Department.
The course also makes increasing use of online resources, including videos, podcasts, web-based audience response systems and student discussion forums.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Studying criminology will provide you with a broad social science basis and a wide range of analytical and communication skills that are attractive to employers.
Our course gives you the knowledge and analytical skills you need to pursue a professional career in criminal justice, the public sector, forensic science, business, education, health and medicine, social work or counselling.
It offers preparation for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as policing, journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration.
Our criminology course also provides you with the strong research skills needed for positions in the criminal justice system, business, social service and government. It’s the first step for future graduate work in criminology in order to become a researcher or academic.
One of the benefits of a degree in criminology is flexibility in the job market. Some of the roles our recent graduates have gone on to work in include:
Police Officer, British Transport Police
Training Assistant, Citizens Advice Bureau
Safer Custody Coordinator, HMP Maidstone
Trainee Probation Officer, National Probation Service
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police
Research Officer, HM Inspectorate of Prisons
HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice
BSc (Hons): BBB
Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.
BSc (Hons) with foundation year: CCD
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
On our four-year BSc (Hons) Criminology course, you’ll enhance your knowledge by taking a Professional Training placement during the third year.
This provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained during your first two years of study in a work environment while receiving training and carrying out responsible work.
As a result of the placement, we find that our students return to their final year significantly more confident, mature and organised, and with clearer career aspirations.
The process of preparing and applying for placement positions also significantly enhances job-seeking skills, which come into play in the final year and beyond when applying for graduate employment. After graduation, some students take up permanent posts with their professional placement employer.
We make every effort to identify possible placement opportunities according to your interests, career plans and location preferences.
While you are expected to find your own placement, support is available both internally in the Department of Sociology and through our careers service. Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000-15,000 a year. If you work on an unpaid placement, you can claim extra financial support and may also work for a reduced amount of time.
Companies and organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
Citizens Advice Bureau
HM Prison High Down
Surrey Youth Support Service
Ministry of Justice
Romford Police Station
Surrey County Council
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You have the choice between working at an overseas organisation or studying at one of our partner universities, including:
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Seoul National University, South Korea
University of Cincinnati, US
North Carolina State University, US
University of Central Florida, US
Maryland University, College Park, US
Monash University, Australia
University of Queensland, Australia
La Trobe University, Australia
Brock University, Canada
Virginia Commonwealth University, US
The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, US
George Mason University, US