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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Concentrix Corporation
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Dept for Transport. UK Govt
  • Women's Aid

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Caseworker
  • HMRC
  • Family worker
  • Maritime Operations Officer
  • Police
  • Policy Worker


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Criminology and Criminal Justice addresses crime, deviance and its control through an applied, interesting and intellectually challenging curriculum.


The BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice degree aims to provide you with a knowledge of key criminological concepts, theoretical approaches and the necessary knowledge and skills required to undertake criminological research. The course aims to enable you to demonstrate understanding of the criminal justice system and the political, social and economic context within which it operates. You will be supported in developing a professional attitude and a responsibility for individual learning and team work.

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About this course

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Criminology, as an area of study, has a lengthy pedigree and you will be presented throughout the course with a range of ideas and theories from several different disciplines including law, public policy, social policy and economics. You will study criminological concepts and issues related to criminal justice such as crime and deviance, victims, policing, sentencing and punishment and emergent ideas on state and corporate crime and cyber-crime. These, coupled with knowledge of institutions and structures, will provide you with a wider understanding of behaviour and activity within the criminal justice system.

The degree will provide you with the opportunity to gain a combination of theoretical knowledge and a range of skills necessary for employment in organisations with a criminal justice focus within the private, voluntary and statutory sectors.

We will be revalidating our programme in early 2018 and some modules may change to ensure relevance and currency.


Each module usually involves a two hour lecture plus a one hour seminar each week. In addition, you are required to undertake substantial directed independent learning.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The subject committee will consider a range of qualifications, experience and other evidence of ability to complete the course satisfactorily when considering applications for part-time study.


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used on the degree including lectures, seminars, supervised group-work sessions, directed reading, blended learning using Blackboard Learn, case study work, directed electronic information retrieval, independent learning, and a work-based learning opportunity to impart knowledge and understanding of the subject. In addition, a broad range of assessment methods are utilised to measure knowledge and understanding of the subject including academic essays, report writing, policy analysis/policy brief-writing, directed seminar discussions, small-group project work, writing and delivering seminar papers, presentations, online tests, dissertation, e-portfolios, blogs and unseen examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

You will enter the course in year one. However, if you can provide evidence of previous relevant study, you may, in exceptional circumstances, be permitted exemption from a restricted number of modules at Levels 4 and 5.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Concentrix Corporation
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Dept for Transport. UK Govt
  • Women's Aid

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Caseworker
  • HMRC
  • Family worker
  • Maritime Operations Officer
  • Police
  • Policy Worker

Career options

The course seeks to equip you for a variety of careers within organisations with a criminal justice or public policy focus, in the private, voluntary and statutory sectors. It also prepares you for a range of postgraduate opportunities in related fields.

Work placement / study abroad

Whilst there is no formal work placement, there is a compulsory work-based learning opportunity module, entitled 'Work, volunteering and criminological issues' for students who have secured two hours per week (or equivalent) volunteering or work experience for the duration of the 12-week module. The module aims to inform students about developments within current criminal justice policy and to encourage them to critically assess the role of their chosen organisation within this context and future employability.

Academic profile

All members of the core criminology teaching team are either fellows or senior fellows of the UK's Higher Education Academy, which promotes excellence in higher education teaching. The team's commitment to teaching is further evidenced by the shortlisting of the State Crime e-Testimony Project, created by Dr Kristian Lasslett for the Times Higher Education Awards 2014, in the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year category, as well as nominations for Ulster University Students' Union Learning and Teaching Awards.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Criminology and Criminal Justice degree has two awards sponsored by the Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland:

  • Best Undergraduate Dissertation in Criminology and Criminal Justice Award
  • Outstanding Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Award (for a year two student).

Criminology and Criminal Justice students can also be considered for the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences', Global Studies Award, for the best dissertation with an international focus. Additionally, Criminology and Criminal Justice students are encouraged to submit their final year work to The Undergraduate Awards, an international awards programme which recognises creativity, excellence and innovative thinking within student coursework. We have had a number of entries which have been highly commended.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6184

Course Director: Dr Rachel Monaghan

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6343



Criminology and Criminal Justice is an interesting and enjoyable course. There are a wide range of modules on offer and given the flexibility of part-time study, you can choose between different options which suit your personal situation best. The staff on the course are helpful and very welcoming of any questions there may be in order to further your knowledge on the course. The staff also bring a range of guest speakers to the University who share their first-hand knowledge on their profession or subject area. I would recommend Criminology and Criminal Justice to anyone interested in the criminal justice system or crime in general.