What will I learn?

Understand criminality and learn how to investigate a murder based on interpreting clues at a mocked-up crime scene, right to the point of presenting your findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). At Plymouth, your degree extends far beyond the theoretical. Experience our pioneering module with HMP Exeter, where students learn about rehabilitation inside prison walls; shadow local charities like LandWorks and Victim Support; and work with Devon & Cornwall Police.

At Plymouth, your degree really is what you make it.From your second year, you can choose to take optional modules taught across different degrees within the School of Society and Culture, broadening your perspective with a focus on subjects like law or politics or getting under the skin of digital cultures and ethics with a module on anthropology. Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and innovative approaches, like our use of trained actors to hone and test your interrogation skills.

Collaborate with local and national criminal justice agencies

Criminology students benefit from the knowledge, expertise and support of a dedicated Employability and Community Knowledge Exchange Projects Officer. Facilitated by this officer, students are connected with a range of opportunities to get involved in local and national criminal justice related agencies and support them with real-world challenges and change. The opportunities include networking events, visits from experts in relevant careers, and the chance to get involved in local projects led by key criminal justice stakeholders.

Gain experience while you study

Students that elect to take our final year Work Based Learning module have flexible opportunities to enhance their employability whilst applying and developing their criminological skills, knowledge and experience. During this module students engage with either work-based placements, practical training through short courses or an applied research project working on a real-world challenge alongside one of our stakeholder organisations.

What you can do with your criminology degree

Discover employment and further study opportunities that you could consider once you graduate with a degree in criminology and criminal justice, and learn how you can stand out to graduate employers.

Key features

Get involved – Boost your chances of finding that perfect first job and gain hands-on experience. A dedicated criminology employability officer provides students with a range of opportunities to build their portfolio of experience with local and national criminal and social justice related agencies. In addition, students and academic staff work together through collaborative projects with stakeholders across the criminal and social justice sector through the Sustainable Social Justice Initiative.

Innovative teaching – Our teaching is informed by innovative teaching methods and use of contemporary technologies including VR, AI and exploration of forensic techniques and analysis. We actively encourage students to interrogate the boundaries of criminological ideas. Immerse yourself in the workings of the prisons and probation service by taking a module with HMP Exeter, where students learn about rehabilitation inside prison walls.

Contemporary focus – The course identifies and focuses on emergent issues in criminology and criminal justice throughout all stages of study. The programme learns from the past, considers the present and looks to the future of criminological enquiry.

Which department am I in?

University of Plymouth

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£14,600.00 (US$ 19,313) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022


Plymouth Site

Drake Circus,


PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Any subjects are considered. General Studies is not accepted.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Plymouth

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