Our flexible course encourages you to pursue your own areas of interest within Criminology while also providing you with a solid foundation in the discipline. You’ll also gain a range of personal and professional skills which will serve as a springboard for your future career development.
The course is carefully designed to enable you to gradually develop your knowledge and skills throughout your degree and enable you to acquire a ‘criminological imagination’ as well as gaining a good knowledge of the criminal justice system and crime and crime control in historical and comparative perspectives.
In Year 1 we provide you with a sound understanding of the key concerns of the discipline and offer opportunities to develop essential skills for years 2 and 3. These modules introduce you to a range of topics, and to the different theoretical and methodological approaches criminologists use to make sense of the phenomenon of crime.
In Year 2 you will take a range of advanced modules, including a compulsory research methods module and two core content modules. In these modules you’ll develop practical research skills, analysis and interpretation, and consider the ethical implications of researching crime and related phenomena.
In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialised honours modules in topics such as policing in historical and comparative perspective, advanced studies in specific aspects and manifestations of crime, drugs and crime, the criminal justice system and crime control and management. These modules are developed around the research interests and expertise of Faculty and staff members. You will also be encouraged to undertake your own small research projects as part of the dissertation and independent study modules.
- Crime and Criminology in Context (double)
- Crime in Theory and Practice (double)
- Crime, Capitalism and Markets
- Crime and Intersectionality
- Researching Crime: Methods, Approaches and Ethics
- Applied Criminology
- Crime and Punishment through the Ages
- Crime and Society
- Criminal Evidence
- Criminal Law
- Globalisation and Crime
- Jack the Ripper and the Victorian Underworld
For year 3 only the dissertation is compulsory, you are then free to choose your final modules from the list below. (*Indicates compulsory module)
- Advanced Study in the History of Crime
- Advanced Study in the History of Ideas
- Advanced Study in Modern Political History
- Dealing with Drugs: Strategy, Policy and Practice
- Dissertation in Criminology*
- From Swallow-Tails to Robo-Cop: Policing in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
- Independent Study in Criminology
- Making People Behave: Crime Management, Anti-Social Behaviour and Society
- The Carnival and Pleasures of Crime
- Understanding Criminal Justice
Detailed module descriptions
You will have the opportunity to undertake a work-based module called Applied Criminology; this will place you in setting where a criminologist might work. This could be a placement with the police, in a legal setting or a healthcare department linked with alcohol or drug misuse.
This module is optional and if students choose to undertake a placement then it is facilitated by the University. However students are responsible for their own travel and associated costs. Most travel costs are minimal as placements are organised to be within easy reach of the campus or in local Oxford. Placements in the surrounding area will require bus travel which can amount to between £3-8 for a return ticket.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange
while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. We
have more than 100 partner universities around the world.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting
to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
Tuition fees are paid as they would
be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or
directly to Oxford Brookes according to your preference.
You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation,
purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas. Funding
is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international
programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Most modules included a recommended reading list. All recommended texts are available from the library. We recommend our students purchase The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford University Press, fifth edition) as a core course textbook. It retails for under £50 if bought new, and considerably less if bought second-hand.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes