BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology

Available to non EU students

About the course


Criminology is the study of the anatomy of a crime, specifically its causes, consequences and costs. Criminal justice, on the other hand, refers to established systems for dealing with crime, specifically detection of crime, detaining of criminals, and criminal prosecution and punishment.

Criminal justice is directly associated with law enforcement.

Students pursuing career opportunities in criminal justice will study the different components of criminal justice and law enforcement systems.

Students pursuing a career as a criminologist will study the behaviour patterns, backgrounds, and sociological trends of criminals.

While both fields are different, criminologists and criminal justice professionals work together in the criminal justice system to thwart crime

Students will:

  • Investigate the nature of crime and criminality and develop an understanding of the various issues, debates, and approaches within the criminal justice system and criminology 
  • Engage with a range of current issues and debates on some of the most pressing social issues of today, such as national security, drug policy and the sex trade
  • Learn ways of using the law to help real people in conflict and advocate for fair, equitable and effective laws and interventions
  • Examine how and why offenders should be punished and explore how society defines and manages crime
  • Be taught research-informed course content so that they develop the skills to carry out their own criminological research, together with a range of other transferable skills
  • Engage with important Criminal Justice contacts – we have close professional relationships with the Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Be taught by internationally-recognised experts in criminology and draw on their expertise in Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Legal Procedures, Ethics and Skills
  • Learn the concepts, theories and methods they need to understand the realities of crime and control and the practical skills that will allow them to participate in the criminal justice process

Why choose this course?

At Hertfordshire Law School, we recognise that while you are studying with us, you will want to develop professionally as well as academically. To achieve this we have developed a range of free accredited courses, designed to improve the skills needed for a great career in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  

  • Get the best possible start to your career – with 92.2% of Hertfordshire Law School graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating*
  • Benefit from outstanding and innovative research-led teaching – 65.4% of our students earn 1st class or 2:1 honours degrees
  • Stand out and earn extra qualifications by getting involved in criminal justice activities such as; Trial Advocacy, Police Officer Shadowing, Independent Custody Visiting and Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel Membership

    * Data sourced from 2015/16 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.


Graduates can pursue a range of careers, working within the field of criminal justice and beyond. The opportunities are endless but just to name a few you could end up working within the police, probation, youth offending or prison services, crime prevention and criminological research, or the forensic science services.

Students also have access to the University's Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service who can help you with seeking work experience, applying for jobs or starting up your own business.

If you wanted to further your studies, we also have a number of postgraduate options.

Teaching methods

The BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology has been designed to build your skills, knowledge and confidence through a balance of core modules, which cover key skills and concepts in the field, and a selection of optional modules, which allow you to specialise in your own areas of interest. You will be taught using the innovative Hertfordshire Law School three-stage method:

  • Lectures on demand
    Our lectures can be downloaded to a laptop to watch at your leisure.
  • Develop your skills
    Our tutorials allow you to apply what you're taught in the based lectures and they are recorded and accessible on the University's intranet system.
  • Put what you've learnt into practice
    Our workshops provide small group sessions that reinforce learning and allow detailed exploration of the subject matter.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Research, Ethics and Skills - 30 Credits
  • Crime and Law - 30 Credits
  • Criminal Justice Process - 30 Credits
  • Understanding Crime and Deviance - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Psychology of Criminal Behaviour - 30 Credits
  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour - 30 Credits


  • Restorative Justice - 15 Credits
  • Policing and Society - 15 Credits
  • Imprisonment and Justice - 15 Credits
  • Gender and Crime - 15 Credits
  • Youth and Crime - 15 Credits
  • Ethnicity and Crime - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Evidence - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Dissertation - 30 Credits


  • Internship - 30 Credits
  • Terrorism - 15 Credits
  • State Crime - 15 Credits
  • White Collar Crime - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Profiling - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Evidence - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights - 15 Credits
  • Jurisprudence - 15 Credits
  • Jurisprudence - 30 Credits
  • Organised Crime - 15 Credits
  • Surveillance State - 15 Credits
  • Regulation, Governance and Policy - 15 Credits
  • Cybercrime - 15 Credits
  • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11350 for the 2017/2018 academic year
Part time
  • £1420 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry

96 - 112 UCAS points 

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C in English Language and Grade D in Maths under the old grading structure)

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
24/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
25/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
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25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)