Birmingham City University Criminology

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Birmingham City University Criminology

This degree offers an in-depth study of policing and investigation, helping you develop knowledge and understanding of the core schools of criminological thought, their historical and political foundations and practical application. This new curriculum offers a varied yet focused choice of subjects through which you will be able to develop your interests within the specialised field of criminology.

The course’s professional relevance is supported by its close links with local and national criminal justice agencies, such as Midland police forces and community safety partnerships.

This course is delivered by expert staff in the fields of policing, security studies and criminology, and you will enjoy regular guest lectures from highly influential voices in the discipline. This includes Bas Javid, the current Head of Operations in the East Birmingham Police Force, who has over 20 years experience in the Police. He has previously worked in the Royal Navy, and held the post of Detective Chief Inspector, Senior Investigation Officer and Superintendent.

Specialist facilities include realistic, simulated environments such as two mock courtrooms (Magistrates’ and Crown) and an interviewing suite to simulate police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

You will benefit from well-established links with a variety of external bodies, including police forces, charities, pressure groups, criminal justice agencies, criminal rehabilitation probation service and prisons.

Why Choose Us?

  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • The course’s professional relevance is supported by our close links with local criminal justice organisations, including West Midlands Police Force and Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.
  • All our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You will be taught by industry-leading experts, including Dr Imran Awan, who was recently appointed as a UK Government advisor and whose work focuses on the impact of Islamophobia and the effects of counterterrorism.
  • The course offers a unique opportunity to explore the history and development of policing in England and Wales. This provides a broad context which students can use to understand the difficulties faced by constabularies today.
  • Our Criminology degrees share a common first year, so if you want to specialise, you have the option to switch to another pathway in your second year.
  • You’ll be actively encouraged to take part in debates and visits, such as the unique debate with high-security prisoners at HMP Grendon. You’ll also have the option of taking on voluntary work throughout your course.
  • Our practice based approach means you’ll get to learn the inner workings of the Criminal Justice System, whilst also studying the theories behind the profession.
  • The department has a heavy focus on Birmingham, working within the ever-growing multicultural community on various projects.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.
  • School of Social Sciences’ research in prisons has helped rehabilitate prisoners, improving their employability and reducing reoffending. The School’s research is also leading the way on how we understand and respond to diverse offenders and prisoners.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK’s first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on hate crime and national security in the UK.

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