Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and congratulations on beginning your Applied Criminology with Terrorism and Political Violence degree course! We have no doubt that you have made the right choice, as your next three years of study will immerse you in the world of criminology and criminal justice and prepare you for an exciting career in the field of criminal justice. We are sure that you have many questions, so we would like to reassure you that we have carefully designed your degree so that you will receive information at the times it will be most useful, and you are always welcome to ask questions at any time.

Donley Jack
Course Director

Key dates

Start date: 19 September 2022

Academic Calendar: Semesters - click here for more about this Academic Calendar including key dates for learning and teaching, breaks and assessment periods

The first time we will meet will be week commencing 19th September when you will be invited to join a number of Welcome Activities and you will receive the key information you need to get started with your studies. You will learn a lot about studying at CCCU, so please engage with as many of the activities as you can!

Getting a job may seem very far in the future, but your first year at University is a good time to start getting involved with activities and filling in your CV with activities and experiences. On completion of your Welcome Activities, you will be a fully-fledged member of the Applied Criminology community and on Monday 26th September 2022, the real work begins, as you start your first 3 modules… How exciting! If you have any concerns about starting university, please do not fret, as this is perfectly normal. We know that choosing to embark on a degree course is a big commitment in time, energy and money and we assure you that we are fully committed to helping you to reach your goal… So enjoy and embrace your future. We will be with you all the way!

Getting started

The Applied Criminology degree course aims to help you develop a solid foundation in core criminological theories, and many opportunities to apply these theories to current crime problems, while also offering you opportunities to study related subjects such as Law, Criminal Psychology and Policing. The course has been designed using the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) benchmarks for criminology degree courses, ensuring that your course provides you opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills valued by criminology and related employers. Your compulsory modules each year aim to give you a good grounding in the key theories.

The Level 4 (first academic year) is divided into two semesters. In each semester you will study three modules, as shown below:

Semester 1

  • Crime Representations and Realities
  • Crimes Punishments and Societies
  • Introducing Crime, Offences and Justice

Semester 2

  • Transnational Crime and Global Markets
  • Crime: Narratives and Explanations
  • Introducing Psychology and Crime


Please be assured that you will be fully supported when you start at CCCU to make sure that your transition to higher education is as smooth as possible and you will find the criminology staff friendly and readily available to support you with your studies. You will also be allocated a personal tutor to provide you with academic and personal support and they will signpost you to other relevant departments for any additional help you may need. You will have some induction activities at the beginning of the academic year that will help to get you organised and settled in and these continue throughout the year. The key to enjoying and getting the most from university and the Applied Criminology course is to be fully engaged with what is on offer right from the start. If you would like a copy of the provisional course timetable, or any further information, please email: criminology@canterbury.ac.uk.

We recommend that you regularly read about crime issues in newspapers and online with a critical viewpoint. Read a selection of newspapers, especially broadsheets, and see how the same event has been reported in different publications. Ask yourself how the news media affect our views and our opinions about crime. Look at the Ministry of Justice and Home Office websites to learn about government policies in relation to crime. Check out the websites of reputable charitable organisations such as the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Restorative Justice Council.

Think about key questions such as:

  • What is crime?
  • Do prisons work?
  • Why do people commit crime?
  • How much crime is being committed?

Your welcome and induction will be w/c 19 September 2022 - we look forward to meeting you then.

Pre-course reading

Given you have worked very hard to get into University, we recommend that you use the summer to prepare yourself for your transition to higher education and take some time to relax and rejuvenate.

However, if you are keen to get started, we recommend:

  • David Simon: The Corner and Homicide (books) and The Wire (TV Series on DVD)
  • Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
  • Alexander Masters: Stuart: A Life Backwards
  • Tim Pritchard: Street Boys
  • Harriet Sergeant: Among the Hoods

Watch lots of crime series on TV and read lots of crime novels! If you would like something more academic, choose any academic introductory criminology textbook that suits your learning style. Our first year students particularly like:

  • Burke, R. (2018) An Introduction to Criminological Theory. Abingdon: Routledge (see on Amazon)
  • Davies, M., Croall. & Tyrer, J. (2015) Criminal Justice. Harlow: Palgrave (see on Amazon)
  • Hale, C., Hayward, K., Wahidin, A. & Wincup, E. (2013) Criminology. Oxford: OUP (see on Amazon)
  • Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology. 3rd Ed. Abingdon: Routledge (see on Amazon)

A full book list, including recommended textbooks will be available when you start your course.