BA (Hons) Politics and Criminology

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  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity

Overview

UCAS Code:ML90
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Immerse yourself in political analysis and communication and develop an in-depth understanding of political systems, institutions and policy making;
  • Develop the knowledge and analytical skills to explore all aspects of crime, including its causes and the role and function of the criminal justice system;
  • Discover the relationship between power, crime and social and political change.

This joint honours degree enables you to explore the inextricably linked disciplines of politics and criminology. You will gain a real-life understanding of the world of politics, looking at current practice in the UK, while also focusing on developments and changes around the world, discovering why we have certain structures and organisations, how they came to be formed and how they make and communicate decisions. Criminological theory and an exploration of the criminal justice process provide the context for exploring phenomena such as social, judicial and political responses to crime, the construction of crime and social deviance in the media, as well as crimes of the powerful, the politics of imprisonment and human rights. If you want to gain a unique insight into how political processes can shape the criminal justice system and vice versa, as well as how contemporary political issues can impact crime and crime reduction, then this is the degree for you. You will graduate with a set of key transferable skills including the ability to conduct research, craft a message to communicate a particular point of view and analyse and understand complex information.

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In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will explore the foundations of political analysis and immerse yourself in political systems and institutions, while also gaining an overview of international relations. You will critically examine the core ideas central to the study of politics and develop an understanding of how politics works in practice. Criminological theory and the criminal justice process will be introduced and you will examine criminology in the context of a number of case studies of significant changes in society.

Year 2 focuses on European politics and compares the governments and politics of France, Germany, Poland, Greece and Italy. You will conduct an in-depth exploration of the policy making process and study either voting and election systems , US politics, or the politics of migration. The broad theoretical knowledge you have gained in criminology will be enhanced through an in-depth study of critical criminological theory which will be applied to a range of contexts, such as the relationship between the media and criminal activity.

In Year 3 you will study political communication and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a political or politically-related field, produce some independent research, and focus on topics such as the politics of Northern Ireland and political activism. Contemporary criminological themes, reflecting on varied subjects from crimes of the powerful to the politics of policing, imprisonment and human rights, bring further depth and specialism to your knowledge and skills. You will also have the opportunity to analyse the relationship between crime and place and reflect upon the discipline of criminology as a whole.

How will I study?

The course includes a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical workshops. There will also be opportunities to participate in field trips, for example to the Scottish Parliament.

How will I be assessed?

Politics modules will be assessed through a combination of examinations, essays, reports, debates, presentations and practical work.

Most Criminology modules are assessed through a combination of coursework but other methods include presentations, article reviews, examinations, case studies and personal research.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is taught by academic experts and active practitioners in politics and criminology. The current research interests and specialisms of the programme team include Northern Irish politics, political communication, the politics of migration, voting and electoral systems, violence and terrorism, crimes of the powerful, the politics of policing and imprisonment, human rights and social justice, as well as the criminological imagination.

The programme team actively participate in debates and interviews in the media. The course also makes use of visiting speakers such as politicians and those working in politics.

A Great Study Environment

Two students sit round a laptop during a seminar.The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

You are encouraged to join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society which offers a range of activities to enhance your professional development, from mooting workshops to educational visits, mentoring opportunities and monthly social events. There is also a student-led Politics Society which organises a range of regular debates covering subjects from the NHS to Trident.

Modules

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Year 1

CRI1005Criminology and the Modern World (20 credits)

Criminology and the Modern World presents you with a number of case studies on substantive topics of current interest and importance. You will undertake a systematic examination of some of the major changes that are occurring and their implications for British society and other societies across the world. Phenomena such as the economic crisis, the environmental crisis, the increasing religiosity of politics and problems in the developing world will be considered in order to foster an understanding of contemporary society and some of the key issues it faces. Aspects of social and criminal justice, harms and rights, and the role that the media plays in shaping social perceptions will be subject to analysis.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI1124Introduction to Criminological Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Criminological Theory introduces you to key theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice. The module will use contemporary case studies in crime, deviance and conflict to evaluate the main theoretical traditions and recent critiques within criminology, providing a foundation in critical analysis. In particular, the module will emphasise the political underpinnings to theoretical perspectives and will encourage you to recognise the need to locate theories of crime and deviance in their structural contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI1125Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (20 credits)

Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process introduces you to key aspects of the criminal justice system, primarily in England and Wales but with some reference to other UK and international jurisdictions. The module will critically analyse official responses to ‘crime’ and deviance through an examination of fundamental criminal justice agencies including the police, criminal courts and prisons as well as probation and youth justice services.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

POL1001Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory explores the foundations of political analysis and the concepts, approaches and methods through which we understand the subject. The module will critically examine the core ideas central to the study of politics.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL1002Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions (20 credits)

Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions immerses you in political institutions and systems, focusing mainly on the UK but also using examples from the US. The module is designed to give you an introduction to, and understanding of, how politics works in practice in terms of institutions, systems, personnel and campaigns.  Focusing mainly on the UK, teaching will also draw on some examples from the US.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL1003Introduction to International Relations (20 credits)

Introduction to International Relations recognises that it is difficult to understand politics today without having an understanding of how states relate to each other. The module explores the relationships of states to each other and to international and supranational institutions. The global trends and pressures which impact on and influence politics and policy making will also be considered, as well as the role of non state actors, such as non-governmental organisations.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

Year 2

CRI2027Crime, Law and Society (20 credits)

Crime, Law and Society explores the application and effect of the criminal law upon individuals in society from criminological and complementary socio-legal perspectives. Through utilising both of these perspectives, you will be encouraged to look beyond established traditional legal explanations for crime and the legal responses to it, in order to explore the wider social, historical, political and theoretical context of the laws relating to crime. The module will enhance your understanding of how determining contexts impact upon how laws relating to crime are created, developed and enforced.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI2225Critical Criminological Theory (20 credits)

Critical Criminological Theory provides a grounding in critical criminological theory and its application to contemporary debates and issues concerning harm and criminal justice. The module will familiarise you with the development of criminological theory in historical and political contexts. You will be encouraged to apply theoretical perspectives to issues incorporating harm and crime, as well as social and state responses, drawing on national and international examples. The module will challenge mainstream theories of crime and deviance by locating current examples of harm, criminalisation and criminal justice within determining contexts of class, gender, sexuality, neo-colonialism and age within political priorities of the neoliberal agenda.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

POL2001Comparative European Politics (20 credits)

Comparative European Politics examines the government and politics of France, Germany and Italy on a comparative basis. The module will explore in a systematic manner through the application of a number of theoretical models the nature of the systems of government and politics in the three states.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

POL2002Policy Making and Researching Politics (20 credits)

Policy Making considers the complexities of making policy in the modern public sector. Public policy makers do not operate in a vacuum and their policy-making autonomy is bounded by a number of considerations including knowledge, law, power, resources and public opinion. The module seeks to demystify policy-making by systematically introducing you to the key policy-making stages, theories, methods and key debates, locating them in practical real-world contexts. Policy is of course often justified by reference to research. The module will therefore also focus on key research methods, enabling you to understand the research needs of policy makers as well as to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to conduct some of your own research.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

CRI2023'Race', Crime and Criminology (20 credits)

‘Race’, Crime and Criminology explores how ideas about ‘race’ help to shape and determine social, judicial and political responses to perpetrators and victims of crime. The module explores the role of race as a major source of social division and aims to show the significance of racism to the reproduction of structural inequalities. You will gain knowledge about patterns of continuity and change in racism and an awareness of the relationship between ethnic and cultural diversity and social and criminal injustice.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CRI2024Crime, Media and Criminology (20 credits)

Crime, Media and Criminology investigates how the news media plays a primary role in the  construction of social problems, crime, deviance  and, to an extent, reality. The relationship between crime, media and criminology is long established, so this module critically explores the representation of ‘crime’ and criminal activity within various types of media forms incorporating traditional print, online news domains and social media forums. Developing a critical theoretical framework, the module will enable you to examine the criminological and wider societal significance of the production and reproduction of dominant images and discourses around ‘crime’, criminalisation and the construction of victims, perpetrators  and events.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CRI2224Violence and Society (20 credits)

Violence and Society explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take, ranging from intrapersonal violence (e.g. self-harm) to interpersonal violence, institutional and state violence, and violence on a global scale. You will be encouraged to look beyond established understandings of what constitutes a violent act to explore more abstract forms of violence such as harm, denial of rights, and poverty. Criminological theory will form the basis of considerations of aspects of violence. The structural relations of class (production), ‘race’ (neo-colonialism) and gender/sexuality (reproduction) will be highlighted as the determining contexts in which such violence occurs and is legitimated. Power, dominance, legitimacy and hegemony will be the key themes of the module.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

POL2003Political Ideologies (20 credits)

Political Ideologies explores the principle ideas, significance and impact of the major political ideologies in contemporary political life. The module first considers the nature of political ideology and then proceeds to examine and critique each system of ideas and consider the context that shaped their birth, development and evolution. You will also examine the ways in which political ideologies influence or determine political choices in contemporary societies.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 20%.

POL2004The Politics of Migration (20 credits)

The Politics of Migration acknowledges that migration is one of the key paradigms of the 21st century. To understand many of the trends and events in the world today, it is necessary to understand what migration is, how it is represented and ‘managed’, and how it is experienced, whether directly or indirectly. The module will introduce you to a range of theoretical traditions of migration, as well as a variety of case studies from both the UK and overseas, to enable you to understand and analyse a phenomenon that is highly relevant in contemporary politics.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL2005Contemporary US Politics (20 credits)

Contemporary US Politics looks at politics in the US today and in the recent past.  It focuses on major trends and key developments while exploring in some detail the key institutions relevant to US politics. Focusing on the US politics from the Reagan presidency onwards, the aim is to equip you with an understanding of one of the major ‘theatres of politics’. You will explore key aspects of recent presidencies, the development of the role of Vice President, the US candidate selecton system, the funding of political campaigns, the operation of Congress and State Houses, legislative processes, trends in party management and development, as well as any emerging news stories.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL2006Elections and Voting Systems (20 credits)

Elections and Voting Systems looks at elections and voting systems across a range of countries. Anyone wanting to work in a political environment needs an understanding of how elections work and the significance of any changes.  It was, for example, a system change in the Labour Party, as part of the Collins Review in 2014, that made it possible for Jeremy Corbyn to be elected. The module analyses the importance of each system and focuses on the many pressures for change in terms of who votes and when.  The countries will be chosen in a way which provides a good range of systems and makes use of current events.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL2007Preparing for Work in Politics (20 credits)

Preparing for Work in Politics looks at the various activities which make up the world of work (both paid and unpaid) in politics.  It will enable you to begin thinking about your potential place in this vast area.  Focus will be placed on current examples of particular pieces of political work, for example party management, internal reform, selection campaigns, conference organisation, and motion and policy writing. You will also examine a variety of roles, from elected representatives to MPs’ assistants, think tank researchers, civil service staff, political bloggers, party activists and campaigners. The aim is to help you better understand a variety of areas of politics and identify those in which you have an interest and may wish to explore further.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied in place of one of the optional Politics or Criminology modules above.

Year 3

CRI3109The Politics of Policing (20 credits)

The Politics of Policing equips you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of policing, both in its philosophical sense and as a function of the modern liberal democratic state. The module will consider the role and function of the police service, and explore related issues including police powers, political accountability, protection of civil liberties and the concept of equality before the law. Contemporary strategies and approaches to policing will be located within their structural, political, social and geographical contexts. The module is underpinned by theories of authority, power and legitimacy.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI3110The Politics of Imprisonment (20 credits)

The Politics of Imprisonment provides you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature, functions and justifications for the use of punishment, specifically incarceration, in modern society. The module will consider the philosophical theories that are used to legitimise the state’s use of imprisonment and the sociological theories that explain historical developments in the purpose of state punishment. The various divisions and functions of the prison estate will be examined within their historical, structural, political, social and geographical contexts. Related methods of state punishment, such as the death penalty, will also be considered. You will adopt an international perspective and explore penal theory and practice in a range of countries. The relationships between power, legitimacy and justice will be central themes throughout the module.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

POL3001Strategic Political Communications (20 credits)

Strategic Political Communications looks in depth at political communication and how it is used by various players in the political arena. It is impossible to understand modern day politics without understanding how politicians and campaign groups communicate.  This module builds on your understanding of political systems and practices and analyses pieces of communication in a critical way.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL3005Politics Dissertation (20 credits)

Politics Dissertation gives you the chance to develop your interest in, and knowledge of, politics by completing a short dissertation. The module will enable you to demonstrate to prospective employers that you can produce a coherent and sophisticated argument drawing on appropriate sources and using correct writing conventions, perform well as an independent learner while making good use of supervision and advice, and effectively plan and project manage your work from idea to completion.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

CRI3021Crimes of the Powerful 1 (20 credits)

Crimes of the Powerful 1 traces and explores serious harms and crimes perpetrated by states and associated professional and commercial interests from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth century. Adopting a zemiological frame, the module locates such harms within a range of political forms, particularly during times of social and economic upheaval, and ethnic, national and imperial conflict. The module concludes with a detailed exploration of the origins, implementation, consequences of, and responses to, the extreme state violences of the first half of the twentieth century. The aim is to enable you to critically explore issues at the cutting edge of criminological thinking.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI3022Crimes of the Powerful 2 (20 credits)

Crimes of the Powerful 2 considers the key forms and determinants of serious contemporary harms originating in the actions or omissions of corporations, states and associated powerful organisations after the Second World War. The module critically examines the origins of such harms, the ways in which they are framed within dominant and alternative discourses, and critiques the responses to them. The module takes an expansive view of harm, drawing upon examples from within and without the criminal justice system, at local, national and international levels.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select one of the following modules:

POL3004Politics Work Placement (20 credits)

Politics Work Placement gives you the opportunity to identify, apply for and take part in a work placement in a political or politically related field.  The process is supported by politics tutors and a dedicated work placement team. You will also attend preparation and reflection sessions which will focus on themes such as job searches, time management and workplace disciplines, and the specific needs of particular employers.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL3006Advanced Parliamentary Studies (20 credits)

Advanced Parliamentary Studies equips you with a thorough and deep understanding of the workings of the UK Parliament and Parliamentary systems. The module explores the history, culture and potential future of Parliament, examines aspects of Parliamentary process in-depth, and considers related issues such as regulation and ethics. You will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners from the workforce in the Houses of Parliament.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

POL3007A Is For Activism (20 credits)

A Is For Activism equips you with knowledge of global politics and in particular the role that mediated activism has to play in it. After defining activism and exploring both public and digital public spheres, the module will critically evaluate the successes and failures of new, online forms of activism and assess their role in transforming political structures and systems. You will discover how to communicate information and concepts effectively, develop reasoned and informed critiques, and source and explain arguments emanating from primary and secondary sources.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL3008Guns and Government: The Politics of Northern Ireland (20 credits)

Guns and Government: The Politics of Northern Ireland addresses the profound transformations in Northern Ireland society and politics in the period from 1990 to 2018 which saw the end of the Troubles, the development of the Peace Process and the establishment of the devolved Stormont Assembly as well as its recent history of collapse and democratic impasse. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of British, Irish and Northern Irish history and politics and critically evaluate the international, national and local political and social factors underpinning the Northern Irish public sphere and democracy.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. A single Language module can be studied in place of one of the optional Politics or Criminology modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria 2019/20

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Typical careers for politics graduates include working as a parliamentary researcher or caseworker, local government officer or think tank researcher. Many politics graduates also pursue careers working in journalism, public relations, public affairs, the Civil Service, voluntary sector or teaching (further training required).

Criminology graduates are well placed to pursue a career in social work, probation, youth justice, youth and community work, law and research, the police, prison service, criminal justice agencies, welfare rights, care and resettlement of offenders, civil liberties and outreach work with vulnerable groups.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto postgraduate study.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2019.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

17th January 2019 - New Module Added

POL3006 Advanced Parliamentary Studies (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

25th June 2018 - Change of Modules

CRI2027 Crime, Law and Society (20 credits) changes from optional to compulsory while CRI2024 Crime, Media and Criminology (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional in Year 2. POL2007 Preparing for Work in Politics (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

Language modules added as options in Years 2 and 3. There is no Language option in Year 1.

CRI3109 The Politics of Policing (20 credits), CRI3110 The Politics of Imprisonment (20 credits) and POL3005 Politics Dissertation (20 credits) change from optional to compulsory in Year 3. HIS3036 The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA (20 credits), POL3003 Working in Politics (20 credits) and SPY3111 Social, Cultural and Political Ideas (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.