My Christ Church degree has opened up a whole new world and inspired me to examine my true potential as a graduate. I am now looking beyond my current role to what I can achieve personally and professionally.

Anthony, Christ Church alumnus, now Detective Investigator, Metropolitan Police

How do you want to study?

Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

M901

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

Explore crime, criminal justice and its relationship with society, alongside the opportunity to critically analyse aspects of criminal investigations.

This degree prepares you for a range of exciting career paths focusing on criminal justice and the treatment of victims and offenders. You will explore the true nature, extent and causes of crime, along with the methods used to manage crime and criminal behaviour.

Our experienced teaching staff will take you through key criminological theories, applying them to our understanding crime, the experiences of offenders and victims in the criminal justice system, and the ways in which society constructs crime problems and responds to criminal behaviour.

You will also adopt a critical approach to criminal investigations, exploring police effectiveness in historic sexual abuse investigations, investigative interviewing and evidence. You will critically analyse aspects of police investigations from a range of perspectives to understand the way in which crimes receive different levels of response depending upon their perceived seriousness. You will have the opportunity to explore what the research evidence tells us about the practice, and relate it to ongoing debates about effectiveness, objectivity, bias, decision making, ethics and evidence-based policing.

 

Why study Applied Criminology (Criminal Investigation)?

Criminology is a diverse and fascinating subject and an ideal choice if you are interested in contributing to crime prevention, harm reduction and victim support.

On this course, you'll be able to explore key areas of criminology in depth while also focusing on criminal investigation and the different responses given to crimes. From crime and criminals to victims and criminal justice, you'll learn about, analyse and research these key areas from a range of perspectives.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

More information about entry requirements.

88-112
UCAS Points

All about the course

You'll gain a strong grounding in core criminological themes, concepts, debates and perspectives through a range of modules covering topics such as crime and social control, psychology and crime, sexual and domestic abuse, transnational crime, investigative interviewing, and evidence relating to criminal investigation. You'll learn how to apply theories to a range of crime problems and understand how they relate to real life problems or scenarios. 

You will also explore the essential concepts and practices within criminal investigation processes, and you will consider aspects of police function that relate to the National Intelligence Model. This will include how the investigation of specific crimes link to the intelligence function and the use of covert strategies within criminal investigations.

You'll develop study and employability skills right through the course to ensure you reach your full academic and career potential and where possible, you'll have opportunities to participate in trips or visits to gain insight into the workings of the justice system. 

 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and tutorials and you will typically have contact time of around 9 hours per week, supported by additional online materials. Your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

Key knowledge is provided through lectures, guided reading and online materials, and this is supported by class activities and discussion, which help you to apply theory to real life scenarios and problems. Some teaching is also delivered through workshops which blend knowledge delivery with discussions or activities, as well as helping with key skills development. Teaching sessions are interactive, allowing you to engage with material on a deeper level. Tutorials are available to provide one to one support. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you'll have access to a range of resources to help you continue learning through self-study. This typically involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your lecturers will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities where appropriate to complete before / after class and provide tutorials where necessary to support your learning.

We also recommend that you set up student study groups and support each other with your studies as research shows that we learn much better in communities.

A range of additional study skills and employability workshops are available within the University to help you reach your full academic and career potential.

Each 20 credit module requires approximately 200 hours of learning, of which approximately 50 hours of this is taught class contact time with the remaining being independent study.

You will study six modules per year and this is typically 1200 hours of study per year (37.5 hours per week). 

The teaching team have academic expertise across a range of criminological issues, including mental health, philosophy and crime, the history of crime and punishment, migration and crime, drug related crime and drug treatment, youth justice and victimology. They are also involved in research activities in these and other areas, and they bring this research expertise into their teaching. Many staff have published in these areas and have practical experience in them too.

The core team is supported by other teams in the University, such as the law, policing and forensic investigation teams, and a range of professionals  currently working in the field who provide guest lectures.

Staff use their research expertise to informs teaching, and they provide you with opportunities to be involved with research to help develop you academically and personally. Our criminology staff and students were central to a pilot of the Bystander Initiative, which aims to support students and staff to identify and prevent sexual harassment, assault and coercive behaviour. The pilot was successful, and a modified version of the initiative is now available university-wide. 

Our degree gives you the opportunity to explore theoretical and practical insights into the nature of crime, its impact on societies, the workings of the criminal justice system and what is being done to tackle and reduce criminality.

Donley JackProgramme Director of Applied Criminology

How you’ll be assessed

Assessments are a core part of the course and each module has 1-3 assessments that contribute to the 4000-word assessment quota. The course is designed to ensure that each assessment is well supported by written guides, study skills sessions, a study toolkit and staff guidance, and the course provides you with a range of assessment types to allow you to develop skills that are required in criminal justice professions. We also provide opportunities for you to gain formative feedback informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark by providing opportunities to gain feedback on assessment plans.

There are formal or 'summative' assessments during each of the modules and assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios and oral presentations, as well as written and online examinations. In your final year you have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation in an area of your choice with close supervision from a member of academic staff. This can include conducting your own research project and offers a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that you can manage your work independently, thus helping your employability skills. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark and feedback is provided to ensure that you can improve future assessments.

Feedback

The team is dedicated to providing high quality feedback on all assessments to enable you to understand what action you need to take to improve your work / marks. We try to ensure that feedback is student focused and constructive. Tutorials also enable you to discuss your work. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in for all assessments and use a range of feedback methods to meet the needs of our students.

Your future career

You will have the potential to enter a range of careers in crime, criminal justice and related fields on completion of this course, as the design of the Applied Criminology with Criminal Investigation course at Christ Church gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that are core to criminal justice careers and transferable to other related careers.  Graduates of the course typically secure posts within the police, the prison service, the probation service, youth work, private companies working in security, and third sector organisations working in crime control and victim support. 

Further opportunities exist as investigators for: National Crime Agency, the Military, Independent Office for Police Conduct, Criminal Cases Review Commission, Security Services, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and so on. Postgraduate study is also an option for Applied Criminology with Criminal Investigation graduates and you will be encouraged to make the most of the volunteering and networking opportunities available throughout your degree course in addition to your studies in order to enhance your employability.

Just thought I'd say thanks! I can distinctly remember being an undergrad criminology student at Christ Church and thinking 'I want to publish something in the British Journal of Criminology someday' and now my first journal article is about to be published. I'll always be grateful for the wonderful teaching and enthusiasm, it really set me on my way.

ThomasGraduate in Applied Criminology with Legal Studies

Fees

Tuition Fees for some 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

Additional Information

Some of our year two and three modules have prerequisite modules, which you must have studied in a previous year. You will be advised of these when choosing options each year to ensure you make informed choices.

Professional accreditation

The Applied Criminology course adheres to and is guided by the Criminology Benchmark Statements, which define expectations as part of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

Industry links

We have a range of external criminal justice professionals and other experts involved in the delivery of the course. We work with them to aid course development in order to ensure our degree is current, accurate and relevant to criminal justice employers.

We actively consult and collaborate with a range of criminal justice and related organisations and these change on a yearly basis, in response to changing operational commitments of these organisations and trends in criminal justice. Collaborations include police forces, the prison service, charities and academics from other higher education institutions.

Specialist facilities

The Criminology team have access to the Canterbury Prison site as this is part of the University estate and our students are able to get involved in research and work in this area.  In addition, the staff arrange visits and trips to allow students to experience a range of criminal justice settings where operationally possible.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

M901

Location(s):

Canterbury
Apply via UCAS
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