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Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA Criminology with Forensic Science

Learn the theory behind crime and offending – and get hands on to gather and test crime scene evidence.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

M9F4

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Course overview

On this degree, you’ll debate the practical, ethical and scientific issues around criminality and punishment. You'll also come to understand the science behind the collection, processing and preservation of evidence.

But this course goes beyond the theoretical – with major components of practical, hands-on learning. You’ll get experience of crime scene investigation and analysing evidence in the lab.

You’ll learn specialist investigation methods including document evaluation, fire and firearms investigation, and explosion site CSI. You'll visit courts, police stations and prisons. And you’ll discover how to interpret evidence and how to present your findings in scientific, medical and legal contexts.

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6 reasons to study Criminology with Forensic Science at Hull

  1. Chance for placements with Humberside Police
  2. Chance to learn alongside prisoners at HMP Hull
  3. 99% graduate employability rating*
  4. Learn how to interpret and present evidence
  5. Discover crime scene and evidence protocols
  6. Annual criminal justice careers event

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    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

    ​The focus of this module is criminal justice – the formal, legal response to crime, criminality and law-breaking. You will study the rules, procedures, and values associated with this process and key institutions such as the Police, CPS, Courts and Prisons responsible for investigating, prosecuting, convicting and punishing those who are suspected and are found to have committed a crime.​

    Introduction to Forensic Science

    Discover the fundamental concepts and principles of forensic science. Explore the treatment of the crime scene and the preservation of evidence, as well as specialist investigation methods including, document evaluation; fire and firearms investigation; scenes of explosion; and DNA and other bodily fluids.

    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

    On this module, you’ll explore the concepts of DNA and how scientists characterise DNA, and you’ll learn how to explain concepts in chromatography.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Atrocities and Transitional Justice

    Explore how societies attempt to address their legacies of mass violence and gross violations of human rights. You will critically analyse the choices that post-repressive or post-conflict societies make in confronting past wrongdoings. These include criminal trials, truth commissions, reparations and amnesties.

    Policing and Criminal Investigation

    Explore policing, its key social functions of order maintenance and crime control, and the practical and political issues that face the public police today. You'll examine the conduct and context of criminal investigation and the methods, tools, and controversies associated with this key policing objective.​

    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 Collecting Social Data research methods module 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.

  • Optional

    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 types 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 such crimes.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Advanced Forensic Science

    Explore the methods for investigating and solving forensic cases, including the importance of following robust and correct procedures. You'll look at the methods of extracting information from collected forensic data and look at the role of toxic compounds and drugs on human processes and metabolism.

  • Optional

    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 a wide range of transferable skills and experience to help enhance your employability.

    Modern Day Slavery in the UK

    Modern Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years, from a few thousand victims at the turn of the Millennium, to an estimated 136,000 today (Global Slavery Index, 2018).  You will consider internationally recognised definitions of modern slavery and of how its incidence and scale is measured. 

    Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data

    This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.

    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.

    Sex Work, Policy and Crime

    Consider the cultural, social and political issues regarding involvement in the commercial sex industry. Though lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to new ways of considering why people buy and sell sexual services in the UK and internationally.

    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; and environmental and wildlife crimes.

    Learning Together - Desistance from Crime

    ​Delivered off-campus, this module involves a unique learning environment where prisoners and students share the same learning space, course materials and learning objectives. You'll attend weekly lectures at HMP Hull where you will study ‘desistance’ – how and why people stop offending - alongside prisoners.

    Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

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

    Contemporary Imprisonment

    You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly, and black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

    Cyberterrorism and Extremism

    The work you will do reflects real-world practice as you look closer at what’s happening in the world today, and discuss and debate key terms such as ‘cyber’, 'radicalisation', 'terrorism', ‘extremism’ and 'violent extremism'. 

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

216 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

984 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

42%
4%
54%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

300 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

900 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

25%
75%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

252 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

948 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

17%
83%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Criminology with Forensic Science students enjoy 24/7 access to the Brynmor Jones Library which boasts more than a million books.

Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Police officer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Civil servant

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 criminal justice.

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

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