Career opportunities

BA (Hons) Criminology

These courses are suitable if you wish to embark on a criminal justice-related career, in the Police, Revenue and Customs, probation, youth justice, community safety and the Prison Service or the voluntary sector.

The programme is especially suitable for serving police officers and civilian support staff, customs officers, prison officers and those working in the Immigration and Nationality service.

Part-time study in criminology is often undertaken by people who are already employed within the criminal justice service and who are intending to improve their career prospects.

Applied Social Science degrees also develop skills that are appropriate to a range of careers, from teaching to retail management.

BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation

This routeway of the BA (Hons) Criminology degree is suitable if you wish to embark on a criminal justice-related career in the Police, Revenue and Customs, probation, youth justice, community safety and the Prison Service or the growing private and voluntary sectors.

Part-time study is particularly suitable for people who are already employed within the criminal justice service, such as serving police officers, police staff, customs officers, prison officers and those working in the Immigration and Nationality Service. It is also suitable for people in a range of occupations where investigative skills play a significant part in their role and who want to improve their career prospects.

Applied social science degrees also develop skills that are appropriate to a range of careers, from teaching to retail management.

MA Criminology

It is expected that those enrolling on this course will either want to progress further in criminal justice, or wish to enter the profession. The Master's teaching team, combined with the expertise of the Centre for Applied Criminology, gives you excellent access to experienced practitioners and CJS organisations, with some teaching sessions being led by existing practitioners.

The access to professionals, together with the presence of practitioners among fellow students, means that the course provides excellent opportunities for building contacts and networking. Former students on the course have included prison governors, police and probation personnel, magistrates, media commentators and employees of charities and bodies including the National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and the New Bridge.

Vicki's Story

BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology student Vicki Hamilton, who graduated with a First Class Honours has been granted the role of Anti-Social Behaviour Co-Ordinator for Stevenage Borough Council. BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology student Vicki Hamilton has been granted the role of Anti-Social Behaviour Co-Ordinator for Stevenage Borough Council. This new job has given Vicki the chance to work in an area she is particularly interested in.

Vicki, who graduated from Birmingham City University with First Class Honours, has relocated from her home in Northamptonshire, and will be able to incorporate her degree and put her knowledge into practice. Vicki previously worked as an ambassador for the University, developing the skills that have helped her bridge the transition from education to career.

Her new role will see her work alongside the emergency services, senior policy officers and external agencies, developing plans and strategies to reduce crime in the area.

“I’m currently working on a project to reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and begging in the town centre,” Vicki said. “The University has taught me to adapt to the working world, and has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. I'm very grateful to the Criminology lecturers for helping make this a reality.”