Introduction

This programme combines the study of sociology, law and psychology to help understand the nature of crime. You will investigate the causes of crime, the impact of crime on individuals and society and the role of the criminal justice system.

On this degree, you’ll examine a wide range of crimes, ranging from gang violence, domestic violence and public disorder to environmental crime, white-collar crime and cybercrime. You will also learn about the application of cutting-edge approaches to crime detection, including surveillance, facial recognition technologies and forensic psychology.

Please note, this degree programme will be available from September 2021. Applications can be made, via UCAS, from September 2020 onwards.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen
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Criminology is the study of crime, law, and criminal justice. On this programme, you will investigate questions including:

  • How crime and criminality are defined and understood.
  • How crime and punishment relate to a broad range of social and psychological factors.
  • How key aspects of the legal system developed and are applied.
  • How technological advances are affecting crime and its detection.
  • How social arrangements contribute to social order and disorder.
  • How key aspects of social relations and organisation have developed over time.

This programme is delivered by staff with expertise in criminology, law, psychology and sociology to provide you with a critically informed understanding of crime, including the causes of crime, the impact of crime and the effectiveness of crime prevention measures, including law, policing and prisons.

Our multidisciplinary approach provides you with a broad knowledge base and range of skills to inform your understanding of individuals, social relations and organisation, as well as the psychosocial conditions that contribute to disorder, instability and crime. You will also gain insight into the evolution and operation of the criminal justice system, including policing, prisons, probation and policy.

Finally, this programme also explores public, media and legal perspectives on crime and society, addressing the way in which these relate to different groups based on social class, age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, mental health and citizenship status.

What You'll Study

The courses listed below are all prescribed for this degree, subject to confirmation:

YEAR 1

  • Academic Writing for Social Science
  • Professional Skills Part 1
  • Introduction to Sociology I: Self, Identity and Society
  • Introduction to Sociology II: Systems of Power
  • Criminal Law
  • English Criminal Law and Legal System
  • Introductory Psychology 1: Concepts and Theory
  • Introductory Psychology 2: Concepts and Theory

YEAR 2

  • Sociology of Everyday Life I: The Embodied Self
  • Sociology of Everyday Life II: Global Issues in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Crime: Theories and Concepts
  • Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory
  • Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory

YEAR 3

  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Social Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Crime and Social Justice
  • Policing and Society

YEAR 4

  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2
  • Option Course in Law
  • Face Recognition
  • Forensic Psychology

Please contact study@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Criminology?

  • This multidisciplinary degree programme is delivered by the School of Social Sciences in partnership with the School of Psychology and the School of Law to offer a comprehensive understanding of the social, psychological and legal aspects of crime and crime prevention.
  • You will study the theory and methods of criminology, and apply your theoretical understanding of crime to investigate real-world problems such as gang violence, domestic violence, public disorder, drug-related, environmental, white-collar crime and cybercrime.
  • You will also explore how technological advances are affecting crime and crime detection, including surveillance, facial recognition technologies and forensic psychology
  • The programme also addresses the development of self and society, power relations and inequalities, social order and conflict, with a view to contextualising the study of contemporary criminality.
  • Students also gain a range of sound theoretical, methodological and analytical skills, which will be applied in an independent research project in the final year.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.


General Entry Requirements

2020 Entry
2021 Entry

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact study@abdn.ac.uk.

Fee Waiver

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

As governments around the world face increasing constraints on public spending, understanding crime and other social problems is a key concern for policy makers and stakeholders. This degree will develop the key critical thinking, analytical and research skills for a career in social and public policy fields in all sectors (public, voluntary, and private), as well as more specifically within criminal justice organisations.


Criminology is also a pathway to careers including:

  • Civil Servant
  • Community Development Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Policy Advisor / Researcher
  • Prison Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker / Youth Worker

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX