Queen’s University Belfast Criminology

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Queen’s University Belfast Criminology

BA Single Honours Criminology

Criminology focuses on the causes and consequences of crime, as well as how the criminal justice system responds to crime.

Criminologists are interested in how activities come to be defined as criminal, and why definitions of crime vary across countries and over time.

The subject includes a wide range of social and psychological theories that attempt to explain criminal behaviour and the effective operation of the criminal justice system.

Course Details

Course Content (including module information)

Level 1

Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to Criminology. Students consider the ways in which crime and security shape the world around us. Highlights include study visits to local courts, prisons and shared public spaces.

Level 2

Students undertake modules in criminological theory, crime and disorder and crime and society. Level 2 also provides training in research methodology.

Level 3

Level 3 offers opportunities for in-depth study in areas such as penal policy, transitional justice, and youth crime. Students also undertake independent research under academic staff supervision.

These degrees provide students with opportunities for visiting criminal justice agencies and studying criminology in one of the most innovative and challenging research environments in Europe. Modules often draw on international comparisons with a strong Irish (North and South) emphasis.

Entry Requirements

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

A-level: ABB or equivalent in an Access Course

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3

All applicants: there are no specific subject requirements to study Criminology 

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen’s University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen’s is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study – an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English – a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen’s works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.