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BSc (Hons) - single BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) - combined

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Criminology analyses the nature, occurrence and explanations of crime, criminal behaviour and societal responses to these phenomena. On this course you will tackle some of the most fundamental questions behind what makes an act or action a crime and how responses to crime can be analysed from different perspectives and theoretical frameworks. You will also look at historical patterns of crime, how perspectives of crime have changed over time, and explore contemporary criminal justice and policy to crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder.

The course will include a mix of theoretical and practical work, including analytical work on crime and crime prevention. This interdisciplinary approach is central to the course, and allows you to explore criminology from three main perspectives: Crime and History, Criminological Theory and Criminal Justice policy and processes.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Explore criminology from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. This course will give you a thorough grounding in what crime is and what it means today: from crime through the ages and historical patterns of crime, to the study of modern criminal behaviour and how it influences the criminal justice system today. 
  • Our teaching is continually inspired by the research in our departments. This includes topics such as crime and punishment through the ages, territorial stigmatisation of crime and deprivation and the phenomenon of hate crime and cyber hate.
  • Apply your learning in a practical setting through our work based module. This could be a placement with the police, in a legal setting or a healthcare department linked with alcohol or drug misuse.
  • Study Criminology from both a theoretical and practical approach. Thisincludes analytical work on crime and crime prevention.
  • Learn from professionals. Oxford Brookes benefits from partnerships with the Thames Valley Police, relevant NGOs, HM Prison service and legal professionals – this provides opportunities for contributions from visiting speakers, placements and institutional visits- ensuring the course remains informed and relevant to the practice of criminology and provides insight into professional careers within the criminology sector.
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. 

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from the ones shown here.

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Crime and Criminology in Context (double)
  • Crime in Theory and Practice (double)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Crime, Capitalism and Markets
  • Crime and Intersectionality
  • Researching Crime: Methods, Approaches and Ethics

Optional Modules

  • 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

Year 3

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

Modules in detail » Module diagrams »

Work placements

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.

Study abroad

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 studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

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.

Additional costs

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.

Programme changes

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 page.

Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials are used across the programme, this ensures that you are exposed to a range of learning opportunities.

Typical contact time will be 24 hours per module. Students are expected to undertake 126 hours of independent study per module.

Approach to assessment

Various assessment methods are used including exams, essays, individual and group presentations, critical reviews and portfolios. This variety add gives you the opportunity to show your abilities across a number of different skill sets.

Assessment is supported by various structures including essay clinics, assessment workshops and preparatory classroom based activities (e.g. exam workshops).

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford Brookes has strong links with the Thames Valley Police as well as several NGOs, HM Prison service and various legal practices and chambers.  These all provide opportunities for placements, contributions from visiting speakers and institutional visits, not to mention future career opportunities.

Oxford is also home to the  Oxford Centre for Criminology studies which provides an opportunity for further study, and public seminars and research projects to get involved in.

Support for students studying Criminology

Our Student Support Coordinators are there for you from the day you arrive to the day you leave, helping with anything from module advice to supporting you with any personal issues you may experience.
When you arrive at Oxford Brookes you'll be assigned an Academic Adviser who will provide you with academic support and supervision throughout your degree, helping you monitor your progress and performance. They will also keep you up to date with events around your studies, such as visiting speakers, seminars and career fairs.

Specialist facilities

The University library holds an impressive selection of books and journals, and you can also take advantage of the Library Electronic Information Network (LEIN), giving you access to a range of bibliographical searching tools, databases and electronic journals. With over half a million books, DVDs and CDs, a vast range of databases, e-journals and reference materials, the library provides all the resources you need for your study.

Once you reach the stage of writing your dissertation you will have access to the world famous Bodleian Library.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

A Criminology degree from Oxford Brookes opens up a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors. It provides the ideal foundation to pursue a career in crime consultation, the local authority, policing, NGO voluntary sector, human rights or criminal justice work, advocacy work and community support services.

Further study

Criminology graduates can go on to postgraduate courses in a variety of areas of specialisation, such as law, business or humanities. The University careers centre can provide information and advice as you plan your future career path.