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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Criminology with Forensic Science

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: M9F4

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Becoming a Criminologist

    This module focuses on supporting you to develop the skills and principles necessary to be successful in the academic study of Criminology. Essentially, criminologists look at four things; definitions of crime, patterns of crime, causes and explanations for crime, and responses to crime.

  • Criminal justice institutions

  • Introduction to Forensic Science

  • Collecting Social Data

    The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. This provides a foundation for critical skills in understanding research, as well as the practical skills to conduct independent research.

  • Development of Criminological Theory

    You will study the development of criminological theory, ranging from biological and psychological theories of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, to the emergence of new deviancy theory, radical perspectives, and rational choice theories.

  • Introduction to DNA and Chromatography

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Policing and criminal investigation

  • Forensic Science in Practice

    This fascinating module concerns the practical techniques and problem-solving approaches used in forensic science. You will gain practical experience of the techniques used in forensic laboratories as well as studying real forensic and toxicology cases in workshops.

  • Criminology in Late Modernity

    You will look at how contemporary social theory has been used to understand recent developments in crime and crime control, taking in Left and Right Realism, Cultural Criminology, Contemporary Feminist Perspectives and Advanced Marginality.

  • Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the research methods module Collecting Social Data, and focuses on the next stages of social research, involving analysis and interpretation of research data. You will cover a range of approaches for analysis and interpretation of a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research data.

  • Free Elective

Optional modules

  • Punishment, Dangerousness and Risk

    You will study how and why we punish offenders and how offenders are dealt with by the contemporary penal system. You will examine how risk assessment and public protection has influenced the criminal justice system and consider a range of case studies of different type of offenders.

  • Psychology of Offending and Victimisation

    You will learn about the decisions made by offenders in committing crime - such as why burglars choose one house over another - and how the attitudes, emotions and behaviours of victims are affected by those crimes.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

  • Advanced Forensic Science

Optional modules

  • Evil

    Study the topic of evil from a number of diverse disciplinary perspectives, including theology, religion, philosophy, race and gender studies, narratology, culture and literary /film studies, psychoanalysis, politics, social psychology, anthropology, sociology and criminology. This is an interesting, challenging module that requires a lot of reflection.

  • Criminal Justice and Community Safety Placements

    You will take part in a proactive work placement where you experience the nature and range of work undertaken by the police and other criminal justice agencies. This provides you with with a wide range of transferable skills and experience to help to enhance your employability.

  • Green Criminology

  • Quantitative method using SPSS

  • Surveillance and Social Control

    You will study a wide range of competing theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a 'surveillance society' and examine what impact this transformation is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice.

  • Drug Use Today

    You will be introduced to the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society from sociological and psychological perspectives. You'll also explore the range of theoretical perspectives used to explain drug using behaviour.

  • Histories of punishment

    You will study the history of punishment and penal policy between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. You will examine public punishments, notably execution, transportation overseas, the birth of the prison, the operation of the Victorian penal system and the ways in which different offenders have been punished and how this has changed over time (e.g. female offenders, juvenile offenders).

  • Prostitutes, Pickpockets and Peelers: Crime and Policing, 1750-1950

    You will study how society has conceived of the ‘problem of crime’ and public perceptions of crime and responses to it from 1750 to 1950. You will examine crime, offending and crime control mechanisms examining for example, the 'criminal classes', juvenile delinquency, prostitution, rural crime and the development of policing.

  • Organisations of Violence

  • Transnational Organised Crime

    Become familiar with the historic and contemporary theories and concepts that inform our understanding of Transnational Organised Crime (TOC). You will work on an individual and a group basis to consider a range of contemporary areas of transnational crime, including the trade in illegal drugs and arms, people trafficking for the sex trade and forced labour, cybercrime and online child abuse, terrorism, corporate crime, environmental and wildlife crimes.

  • Desistance

  • Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, and critically analyse their key concepts, values, principles, practices and controversies surrounding them.

  • Contemporary Imprisonment

  • Understanding Terrorism

"When I found out about the placement with Humberside Police, I knew Hull was the place for me."

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More about this 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.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

18%

82%

Second year

25%

75%

Final year

21%

79%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

42%

4%

54%

Second year

33%

2%

65%

Final year

17%

83%

Hull pioneered this exciting area of study more than 30 years ago and is one of the UK's leading criminology centres.

Work alongside police officers on placement, applying your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations.

Tailor your degree by combining criminology with sociology, psychology, law or forensic science.

Friendly, accessible, expert staff from a diverse range of backgrounds, each with their own unique approach.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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 academic 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.

Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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.