Debates and visits

Annual Debate

Birmingham City University is the only university in the country to hold an annual debate at high security prison HMP Grendon, in Buckinghamshire. We are able to offer this opportunity due to our close working relationship with the prison.

This unique relationship enables criminology students the chance to gain an exceptional insight into how criminological theory and practice combine, through direct interaction with inmates. You will be able to have lunch with the prisoners.

Matthew Popo

Matthew Popo

Criminology - BA (Hons)

"I took part in a life-changing outing to HMP Grendon, which was an especially memorable experience for me as, firstly I took part in the debate itself and secondly, as a result of my performance, I was then recruited to take part in a prison management scheme, which will officially train me to one day become a prison governor."
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Study visits

BA (Hons) Criminology

You will have the opportunity to gain a practical insight into the processes of the criminal justice system through visits to prisons, courts and police establishments.

While you undertake your studies, you are encouraged to take an active interest in the work of the various criminology agencies and we prefer those who have no relevant practical experience in the sector to embark upon related voluntary work.

Opportunities exist for visits and voluntary work, and in certain circumstances, academic credit can be attained for any relevant voluntary work undertaken.

Such placements have included the Special Constabulary, prison visiting, drug treatment schemes, victim support and bail/youth hostels for young offenders.

MA Criminology

Previous students have visited the high security prison HMP Grendon in Buckinghamshire, the UK's only therapeutic prison.