Dr Sue Bond-Taylor - Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader
Student Engagement Lead for the School of Social & Political Sciences - supporting staff and students to develop more collaborative ways of working, and chairing the staff-student Subject Committee.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BA (Hons) Criminology
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
Students have the option to apply for a study abroad year at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, or the Netherlands. The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures. This is normally during the third year of their undergraduate degree. These places are allocated competitively, subject to academic criteria.
During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student.They will be responsible for covering their travel, accommodation, and living costs. For more information, please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/socialsciences/overseasstudy.
Students have the opportunity to undertake voluntary, competitive work placements with a local council. This offers valuable experience of a professional policy environment and a chance to observe how policy is set by central government and executed by local authorities, including how competing priorities can result in different decisions about where to allocate resources. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses while undertaking a placement.
Students are encouraged to make independent use of the opportunities which exist for voluntary work outside of their studies. Where possible, tutors may be able to provide further support and advice to students who require it.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Is This Course Right For Me?
This course is designed for those who are looking for a course that aims to provide the foundation for considering some of the most contentious issues in contemporary society.
It is also aimed at those students who consider the challenging issues which Criminology addresses not merely interesting but worthy of understanding as more complex issues than are 'popularly' thought, and wish to take that understanding into the wider world.
"This course opened me up to a whole range of criminological theories that meant when I was doing the assessments I was expanding how I understood those topics in our current landscape, but also what could be done in the future."George Keyse, Criminology graduate
Entry Requirements 2023-24
What We Look For In Your Application
On the Criminology degree we really value a keen and critical interest in crime, crime control, and policing. We also look for an active and inquisitive mind.
Useful reading in preparation for Criminology includes:
- Carrabine, E. et al (2014) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction 3rd edition, Abingdon, Routledge
- Hopkins Burke, R. (2016) Young People, Crime and Justice 2nd edition Abingdon, Routledge
- Newburn, T. (2013) Criminology 2nd edition, Abingdon, Routledge
- Scott, D. & Flynn, N. (2014) Prisons & Punishment 2nd edition, London, Sage.
Work Opportunities Hub
The College’s Work Opportunities Hub, which looks to identify suitable placements for students, can help those seeking to enhance their studies with work experience.
Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
Criminology degrees are relevant to careers in a diverse range of areas, including roles in the probation and prison services, health and social services, police authorities, youth work, victim support, government policy, and education. Some students progress to further study at Master’s and doctoral level.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.
Visit Us in Person
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Criminology and Sociology
Social issues can be a cause of crime and knowledge of these problems can enable those working in the criminal justice sector to understand offenders.
Criminology and Social Policy
Criminologists specialising in social policy not only consider how crime is defined, experienced, or explained, they explore society’s response to it.
Forensic scientists provide impartial evidence in criminal investigations through their scientific expertise.