Criminology with Forensic Science

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year prepares you for learning at degree level and for thinking ‘criminologically’. You’ll study the following modules.

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Society and You
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2
  • Introduction to Study in the Social Sciences
  • Making Society Work

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
Foundation 20% 0% 80%
Y1 18% 0% 82%
Y2 25% 0% 75%
Final 21% 0% 79%
Foundation 0% 0% 100%
Y1 42% 4% 54%
Y2 33% 2% 65%
Final 17% 0% 83%

About the course

Hull is home to one of the UK's most prestigious centres for the investigation of crime, criminality and criminal justice. This fascinating degree allows you to explore the laboratory and field techniques of the forensic scientist alongside the causes and solutions to crime. Our strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies will enhance your employability further with fantastic contacts for work experience, work placements and job opportunities.

Hull pioneered this popular area of study more than 30 years ago, and our research underpins the modules you study. You’ll blend the theory surrounding crime and offending with the science of gathering and testing physical evidence from crime scenes. You’ll explore the practical, ethical and scientific debates relating to crime and punishment and gain an understanding of the collection and processing of body chemistry and DNA evidence. If you don't have the academic qualifications to enter the programme directly, we also offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.


BA (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

Demand for Criminology graduates has increased significantly in recent years and our degree equips you with the knowledge and skills that are invaluable for a career in the field of crime and criminal justice. Common career paths for Criminology graduates include the police, prison and probation services, the legal professions and academic or Civil Service research.

We hold an annual Criminal Justice careers event to introduce you to criminal justice and related organisations, helping you make vital career connections.

Once you have started studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career. This is one of the factors that distinguishes us from other universities and the reason our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix standards. Matrix is the UK mark for advice, information and guidance services.

There's a range of services to assist you in development of skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance – and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.