BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology

  • Enhance your CV with our range of co-curricular courses, from being a detective, to forensic psychology and restorative justice
  • Unique academic and pastoral support system: drop-in sessions, office hours, personal tutors, student mentors and Skype.
  • Broad range of careers events on offer throughout the year including speed careers networking, and guest speakers from a wide range of employers including the Police, the Probation Service and the Crown Prosecution Service.

About the course

Perhaps you're interested in Criminal Justice and Criminology, but haven't found the course which feels right for you? Our Criminology and Criminal Justice programme offers cutting-edge modules such as Terrorism and Criminology, Policing and Society, Gender and Crime, War Crimes, Drugs, Crime and Criminology and Imprisonment and Justice, allowing you to explore a range of the most pressing social issues of today.

Throughout the degree, you will begin to understand that 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.

If you wish to pursue career opportunities in criminal justice, you will study the different components of criminal justice, and if you're interested in pursuing a career as a criminologist, you 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.

On the course, you 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, such as national security, drug policy and the sex trade
  • 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, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (HACRO) and Answers Investigation
  • Be taught by internationally-recognised experts in criminology and draw on their expertise in Criminal Justice Process, Criminology, and Academic skills in Criminology
  • 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 and increase your confidence. That's why we offer a range of co-curricular activities, including; Debating, Forensic Psychology, and Restorative Justice to help you improve the skills needed for a great career in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

We want to give you the best possible start to your career! We offer a broad range of careers events throughout the year, including speed careers networking, and guest speakers from a wide range of employers. It's no wonder 93.8% of Hertfordshire Law School graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.*

Our Criminology degree is also significantly enhanced by expert research-informed and practitioner-led teaching to ensure you are academically supported. You'll also be part of a community which offers significant pastoral and careers support along the way, thanks to our dedicated student support tutors, cohort tutors and programme leaders, student mentors and careers tutors.

* Data sourced from 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What will I study?

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 our two stage method:

  • Lectures on demand
    Our lectures can be downloaded to a laptop to watch at your leisure.
  • Develop your skills and knowledge
    Our workshops provide small group sessions that reinforce learning and allow detailed exploration of the subject matter.

Careers

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.

You will 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 for you to consider.

What job can I get?

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.

Experiences I've had from my first year have been nothing but fantastic. The seminars and lectures are beyond engaging and really allow me to broaden my understanding and elevate my passion for the subject. Particularly the module on Understanding Crime and Deviance allows me to further my insights into questions such as how and why crime is committed.

Lisa Malinowski

BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology