Criminology

Criminology is a topical, interdisciplinary subject that draws from sociology, psychology and law to examine the issues surrounding crime and the criminal justice system. Looking at how crime is defined, why people offend and the consequences of crime, criminology examines the role of the various agencies and institutions that make up the criminal justice system (e.g. police force).

We offer a diverse set of criminology courses with a broad range of topics to study, from gang warfare, gun cultures and youth justice, to how crime is reported in the media. This allows you to choose modules that reflect your interests. The flexibility of our courses means you could even combine your chosen area with a subject outside of criminology.

As well as learning from leading academics, you will also hear from a wide range of professionals such as the police, probation and prison officers who will put theory into the context of their daily working experiences.

The scientific study of crime asks important questions that affect every member of society.

Why do different types of people commit different types of crimes? How does society react to people who commit crimes? How does the criminal justice system operate and deal with offenders? Why has anti social behaviour become a growing issue in recent years?

You can study a broad range of topics on our Criminology degrees, from gang warfare, gun cultures and youth justice, to how crime is reported in the media. This means you can choose modules that reflect your interests. You could even combine your study of criminology with another subject, which opens up a whole new range of career options.

Criminology at the University of South Wales has an established record of excellence in Criminology research and teaching. Our academic staff are all actively involved in research, so you’ll be taught by staff who are at the forefront of their specialist fields. It also means what you learn is constantly updated to stay relevant, progressive and stimulating.