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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, White Collar 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; Client Interviewing, Independent Custody Visiting, and Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel Membership 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 92.2% 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 2015/16 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

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.

Course details


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.

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 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.

Work Placement

This course offers you the opportunity to undertake a placement, and we make sure that we have close links with the local authorities, and strong links with the police and NGOs such as HACRO, to help give you the best experience possible. Many of our alumni are also actively engaged with us to offer work placement and experience opportunities. 


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Criminal Justice Process - 30 Credits
  • Understanding Crime and Deviance - 30 Credits
  • Academic Skills in Criminology - 30 Credits
  • History of Crime in Society - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Psychology of Crime - 30 Credits
  • Sociological Theories of Crime - 30 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
  • Terrorism and Criminology - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules


  • Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Terrorism - 15 Credits
  • State Crime - 15 Credits
  • White Collar Crime - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights - 15 Credits
  • Organised Crime - 15 Credits
  • Cybercrime - 15 Credits
  • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Law Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Hate Crime and Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • War Crimes - 15 Credits
  • Punishment and Society - 15 Credits
  • Victimology - 15 Credits
  • Media and Crime - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

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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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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