Our course has an applied focus, with opportunities to work with the police and to investigate. You'll engage with the everyday experiences of dealing with crime: the impacts on the victim, the implications for society, forensic investigation, policing in the community, the workings of the criminal justice system, and approaches to preventing and deterring criminal behavior. Explore the causes and implications of different types of crime, including environmental crime, homicide, terrorism, organized crime, domestic violence and crimes against humanity.
You’ll investigate mock crime scenes, collecting and analyzing evidence and discovering how it is presented in court. You will have access to a forensic interviewing suite and virtual reality equipment to study issues such as the reliability of eye-witness testimony. Our lecturers include a leading expert who advises the police on domestic violence and homicide and makes regular media appearance including BBC One’s Panorama.
In their first year, our students study the relevance of criminology on a GB-based residential field week. Later you can choose field-week modules that will take you to Belfast, where you will explore how restorative justice is helping to rebuild broking communities, or to Canada where you will learn about different criminal justice systems.
You can also develop real-world skills through work experience. Some students currently work with Gloucestershire Police, the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Gloucester City Safe. You can gain credit for these experiences towards your degree. Join our Homicide Research Group to analyze homicide risks, or help the police tackle anti-social behavior by volunteering for our Student Community Patrol.
Alongside lectures and seminars, you will learn through teamwork activities, mock crime scenes, and research projects.
To develop your skills for employment you can complete a short internship in the workplace. Our graduates progress into a range of roles for the police, prison service, youth service, community and victim support organizations.
Organisations our students engage with include Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Restorative Gloucestershire, Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse, Youth Justice Services, Police Service Northern Ireland, Gloucester City Safe, Humber College (Canada).