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Can the death penalty be justified? Should we criminalise ‘fast fashion’? Should we legalise street drugs? Study criminology at Oxford Brookes and you’ll try to answer some of society’s biggest questions, exploring who commits crime and why – and what practical and political measures we can take to prevent crime.
While many criminology courses are taught from a criminal justice angle, we’re a bit different at Oxford Brookes. You’ll study the subject from a much broader, interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll look at the social causes of crime. You’ll consider how race, gender and class overlap and define our perceptions. And most importantly, you’ll learn to challenge common misconceptions that can cause inequality in the criminal justice system.
You could work with an NGO on placement helping to support disadvantaged children to make positive decisions and avoid crime. Or maybe you’ll choose our Green Criminology module and work towards a career in environmental justice. Perhaps you want to join the Police? Whatever path you want to take, we’ll help you get there.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
A distinctive social focus
Being part of the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, you’ll get to study the subject from a wide range of views.
The unique social angle of the department also attracts renowned researchers in areas like immigration or drugs who teach on the course.
Links with top organisations
Thanks to our partnerships with organisations like Thames Valley Police and the Tap Social Movement, you’ll have great options for work placement or real-life projects.
Make the degree yours
Optional modules let you study topics that interest you, while the dissertation is your chance to focus on an area you care about.
A stepping stone to a rewarding career
Whether you want to work with the police or campaign for the environment, criminology gives you the tools to succeed.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
You’ll cover a wide range of topics, from petty crime to the crimes of the powerful.
In Year 1, you’ll develop key academic skills that will help you succeed in the course. We’ll also ask some big questions like what is crime? Why do some people commit crime, but not others?
By Year 2, you’ll have a solid understanding of the subject and you can start to look into advanced ideas. For example, Researching Crime explores the ethical and practical applications of the subject, where you’ll learn to conduct interviews or analyse your favourite true crime podcasts. Optional modules help you tailor the course to your own interests, whether that’s learning about environmental justice or getting experience on a work placement. Core modules help you learn to challenge the status quo - how might capitalism encourage crime? Where and why are there inequalities in the criminal justice system?
Year 3 is your chance to specialise further and complete your own research project. Optional modules can include topics like the pleasures of crime, visual criminology, queer criminology, drugs, or policing.
Learning and Teaching
On this course you’ll explore why crimes occur in our society. You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars, workshops and tutorials.
The programme is flexible enough to encourage you to study your own areas of interest. This may include green criminology. Or you may choose to examine medieval crime and punishment.
You’ll also have the opportunity to gain practical skills through a work placement. This could include a work-based activity withThames Valley Police.
Typical contact time is 24 hours per module. You will be expected to undertake 126 hours of independent study per module.
Various assessment methods are used, including:
- individual and group presentations
- critical reviews
This variety gives you the opportunity to show your abilities across a number of different skill sets.
You will have access to:
- essay clinics
- assessment workshops
- preparatory classroom based activities, for example exam workshops.
Criminology graduates often choose to work in law enforcement or the criminal justice system. But those aren’t your only options. Your skills will be ideal for a wide range of career destinations including:
- local authorities
- crime consultation
- community support
- security firms
We offer work placement options such as Citizens Advice, Shannon Trust, who work in prisons to promote literacy, Thames Valley Police, charities such as ‘SAFE,’ Support for Young People Affected by Crime, or Children Heard and Seen (CHAS). Or even a local brewery, Tap Social, who sell beer to support social justice movements. So you’ll have a great opportunity to get some experience.
"The best thing about my course is definitely the support provided. If you have any questions at all, a lecturer is always there to help with a smile – they are always happy to help no matter the question you have, whether it be course related or not"Read more about Ashley
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
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