Criminal Justice and Criminology looks at the key elements of contemporary crime policy: policing, the courts, punishment and prevention. The programme modules address many contemporary issues in criminal justice, including: poverty, hate crime, illegal drug use, restorative justice, the care of victims, community safety, domestic violence, political responses to crime, anti-social behaviour, penal policy, social justice and human rights.

The degree contains four elements at Stage 1: criminology and criminal justice; social policy; sociology and law. The Stage 2 and 4 modules build on these to reflect a more vocational approach, focusing on criminal law, community safety, youth justice, policing and crime prevention, and systems of punishment and social control, supplemented by options in the social sciences and/or law. At Stage 3, students spend a year in professional practice gaining key skills and knowledge.

The course runs at the Medway campus and is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research – one of the top schools in the country, staffed by highly rated and renowned researchers in their field of interest.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee Visit Programme Website Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Credits 480
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

Currently there is no course structure information available for this programme.

Year in industry

Students will also be visited twice during their placement to ensure student welfare and that the placement activities are suitable in terms of achieving the programmes learning outcomes. Although students will be responsible for obtaining their own placement, guidance will be offered in the form of tutorial support and access to networks of providers developed and maintained by the School. For further details regarding placement assessment and support please refer to the ‘Criminal Justice Professional Practice Placement’ module specification. Students will also to attend three compulsory placement preparation sessions which are intended to assist them in terms of obtaining their desired placements.

Through studying Criminal Justice and Criminology you acquire many of the transferable skills such as the ability to work independently and in a team, the ability to analyse and interpret complex information, and the confidence to present your arguments persuasively and with sensitivity, that are considered essential for a successful graduate career.

Many career paths are open to you, including crime prevention, the probation service, the prison service, courts, the police, community safety, social services departments, and drug and alcohol services. Some of our students have gone on to postgraduate courses to become lawyers. Others have gone into postgraduate research or jobs with voluntary sector organisations.

The Year in Professional Practice will allow you to put theory into practice and to develop networks and contacts in your area of interest. It is widely recognised that employers seek evidence that graduates have practical and relevant work experience and that graduates benefit from the opportunity to take this time in their third year to gain real work experience.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.



Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level:BCC
  • Access to HE Diploma:The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • International Baccalaureate:34 points overall or 13 points at HL

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.

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