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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Law

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Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.

Next available intake: September 2021


  • Teaching is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of academics.
  • Practice and hone your skills along the way in moots and debates.
  • Excellent links with local agencies that operate within the field.


Drawing on a multi-disciplinary team of experienced academics at the University of Suffolk, this course exposes students to the study of Law in social, political and economic contexts, and in its broader international and transnational dimensions.

The criminology modules will consolidate your understanding of criminal justice and state responses to crime along with empirical research methods.

Teaching here is research led and prepares you for the changing environment, in terms of both your prospective employability and your continuous self-development. You will develop skills in legal reasoning and in the use of legal principles to solve problems.

As part of your learning, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in seminars, workshops, moots and debates. 


Further information about the University's relationship with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

Typical course content will follow the below format, with some optional modules being available subject to appropriate student numbers and specialist staff availability

Level 4 All Mandatory Criminology and Law Modules 

Level 5 All Mandatory Criminology and Law Modules Plus 2 criminology optional modules from the level 5 (Year 2) options below 

Level 6 All Mandatory Law Modules Plus 2 criminology optional modules from the level 6 (Year 3) options below

For a preparatory reading list please click here

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Legal Method and Advocacy (Mandatory)

Legal Method and Advocacy introduces the essential characteristics of the English legal system and the fundamentals of common law reasoning. This module also introduces students to the nature of legal obligations (contract and torts) and the principles and sources of EU Law that will also allow opportunities to apply legal reasoning and legal research skills. 

Public Law (Mandatory)

Public Law examines the main components of the constitutional, administrative and human rights dimensions of public law in England and Wales. Students will engage critically with the nature of the British constitution and the function of constitutional principles in balancing the relationship between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. 

Criminal Law (Mandatory)

This module examines the concepts and principles of criminal law in England and Wales. It covers the general principles of criminal law and the substantive law concerning a range of offences. Students will be able assess the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on criminal law. This subject attracts considerable academic discussion and analysis, and this module engages with both classic and emerging debates in criminal law. 

Social Science Research Skills (Mandatory)

Social Science Research Skills aims to give students an introduction to social science research methods, in addition to progressing important study skills during Level 4. Social Science Research Skills provides the foundation for the Level 5 Quantitative and Qualitative Data modules. 

Introduction to Criminology (Mandatory)

Introduction to Criminology aims to introduce students to the history of criminological thought, combining biographical fact with historical and cultural context. Students will develop an understanding of how crime is defined and measured and examine theoretical perspectives that seek to explain causes of criminal behaviour. 

Law of Torts (Mandatory)

This module engages the law of torts in England and Wales. Students will examine the development and function of the law of torts in society. The module places considerable emphasis on the current applications of legal principles, policy and academic discourses in this branch of the law of obligations. Very complex sets of social relationships are governed by legal concepts of duty, harm and compensation. 

Contract Law (Mandatory)

This module engages the law of contract in England and Wales. Students will examine the principles, policies and practical applications of contract law from a variety of perspectives. They will develop a thorough understanding of how contractual obligations are formed and regulated, how legal principles and concepts are used to identify and resolve legal problems, and the function of contracts in society and the economy. 

EU Law (Mandatory)

European Union law (EU law) governs the relations among member states of the European Union and the means by which economic, social and political integration are designed and enforced. This module examines the laws and principles that comprise EU law and determine implementation in member states. Students will consolidate their knowledge of the basic principles and sources introduced in their first year and acquire deeper knowledge of the function and purpose of law in the EU.

Criminological Theory (Mandatory)

This module builds upon the foundations laid in the module Introduction to Criminology and explores theoretical perspectives that influence criminology and social control. Early criminological theories will be explored, which with hindsight, may appear to offer little understanding the crime problems of the contemporary world however at the time, many of these perspectives were far from conventional. 

Criminal Justice (Mandatory)

This module expands upon theories and perspectives outlined in level 4, in order to broaden students’ understanding of the criminal justice system. This module examines the institutions, practices and processes that make up the criminal justice system.  Although areas of discussion will focus on policing, the courts, the penal system and the probation service, the main aim is to analyse the social, economic and political factors that underpins these institutions.

Questionnaire Design and Analysis (Optional)

This module provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies. Even should these students not go on to carry out research themselves in a vocational role they should have sufficient knowledge of methods, methodology and data to critique the analysis in literature reviews and data presented through the public media.  The content of the module is based upon the standards set out by the QAA for Psychology (2007) and which are adopted by The British Psychological Society.

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Optional)

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data. Students will identify and discuss ethical considerations relating to qualitative research.

Secondary Quantitative Data Analysis (Optional)

This module continues on from the level 4 Social Science Research Skills Module, looking to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies. It also serves, in conjunction with Questionnaire Design and Analysis at level 5, as a basis for Dissertation research at level 6. 

Land Law (Mandatory)

This module examines the law of property in land in England and Wales. The module examines the development of the legal frameworks regulating property in land, including the normalisation of the registration of titles. The module explores and examines the different forms in which property rights in land arise and the mechanism used to accommodate developments. 

Equity and Trusts (Mandatory)

This module examines the law of equity and trusts. The module examines the development and current application of the fundamental maxims in equity, using both primary legal sources and academic discourses. Students gain skills in the application of legal principles to solve problems in equity and trust in a range of contexts including family, trust funds and charities. 

Law and Criminology Research Dissertation (Mandatory)

The dissertation is an important and integral part of your degree. The dissertation provides an opportunity for you to extend your learning and develop your interests in a particular topic. You will be able to draw upon the skills and knowledge you have developed during the degree as a whole and by carrying out your own study, gain a deeper understanding of the research process.

Penology (Optional)

The purpose of the module is to critically analyse and evaluate theoretical and philosophical justifications of punishment together with political ideology that impact upon penal policy and practice. This module considers both custodial and non-custodial punishment and a range of issues and dilemmas that might derive from these two key strategies of penal intervention. The principles and aims of community sentences will be discussed. 

Human Rights (Optional)

The Human Rights module examines the concept of human rights from legal, philosophical and sociological perspectives. It will explore the national, international and comparative dimensions of human rights discourse and legal protection with an emphasis on substantive themes of direct relevance to criminal justice. 

Victimology (Optional)

Victimology has often been referred to as a sub-discipline of criminology that has its own theoretical and conceptual strands and is increasingly recognised as an area of study in its own right. In politics, policy and practice, there is an increasing emphasis on the needs and rights of victims of crime.  

Drugs and Crime (Optional)

This new module covers a range of topics related to the central theme of illicit drugs. The module introduces the student to issues and theories relating to the nature of drug use throughout the twentieth century and in contemporary society. Substantive topics include critical engagement with explanations of drug use from the psychological and sociological literature; the perceived 'normalisation' of drug use and societies fixation with the current War On Drugs.

Contemporary Issues in Criminology (Mandatory)

Contemporary Issues in Criminology students will engage with selected contemporary issues, debates and perspectives in criminology, developing a critical overview of the discipline as it stands. Students will explore and critique the influence of current political and cultural contexts on particular policies and practices.

Career opportunities

  • The most recent figures available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that 91.3% of Criminology graduates in 2014/15 found employment within six months of graduation or were in Education/Further Study.
  • Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Criminology graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations.
  • Criminology graduates are good at problem solving, have good analytical and research skills, and have excellent information and data management skills
  • Employability is taken very seriously at University of Suffolk and employers are directly involved in a number of taught and additional sessions over the course of the degree.
  • Excellent links with Suffolk Constabulary, local magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service and the probation service. 
  • Important links to careers in Psychology are made for Level 5 and 6 students 
  • Online and face to face resources and advice are available from the University Careers and Employability Service for all University of Suffolk students.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements


Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Law

Associate Professor in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Lecturer in Criminology

Lecturer in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Lecturer in Law

Lecturer in Law

Facilities and Resources

Criminology and Law teaching takes place at our modern, fully-equipped Waterfront or Atrium buildings at our Ipswich campus. As a University of Suffolk student, you will have full access to our well-stocked library in addition to discounts at our cafes and restaurants.

If you are looking for a quiet place to work, our break-out areas on each floor of our Waterfront Building are an excellent choice. 

The Criminology and Law team has extensive links with all local agencies that operate within the field, and as such they are able to embed contemporary research into their teaching demonstrating the applied nature of criminology and law at the University of Suffolk.