The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology will provide you with a general and detailed knowledge and understanding of crime and criminology, equipping you with the criminological theories and concepts which offer explanations as to why people engage in criminal acts. By enabling you to understand the role of the courts, policing and corrections in criminal justice, you will be able to address categorical issues in criminology such as class roles, sex, race/ethnic behaviour and social policy. The course will instil you with a capacity to use qualitative and quantitative methods of social research and social investigation. By the end of the course, you would have the ability to apply criminology theories, principles and concepts to address “real life” issues and situations in the criminal justice field, and thus the ability to engage in critical thought and analysis.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for a written examination due to be held sometime in September 2022. Successful candidates shall then be called for an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose. Interviews will be held later on during the same month. Once announced, dates cannot be changed. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' is 31 August 2022 at 2pm.
Eligible applicants are required to pass both the written examination and the interview. The interviewing board appointed by the Board of Studies shall be composed of at least three persons.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
No fees apply
Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
At the end of the BA (Hons) Degree Programme, you will have:
• An understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of criminology, criminological theory, methods and substantive analysis. • An ability to apply analytical tools to specific areas of study, including crime and how it is defined, and various approaches to punishment. • An understanding of criminal justice agencies and how they operate, including the police, courts, prisons and probation, and the contours of decision-making in criminal justice. • The ability to analyse major theoretical issues in criminology and identify their applied relevance. • The ability to understand the evidence presented in criminological studies, and to assess the appropriateness of the methods used, their value and their limitations. • The ability to understand the social policy and practical application of the range of methods for controlling criminals and delinquents, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the applied crime/deviance control methods.
If you are seeking a career in the criminal justice system or a career elsewhere, then this is the ideal course for you. It will aid you as a prospective professional when dealing with crime, criminal victimisation and offenders.
As a criminologist, you will strive to understand why people commit crime, how they can be dissuaded from engaging in crime, how criminals/delinquents/potential delinquents should be treated, and how victims of crime could be helped. As a criminology graduate, you may find employment in the criminal justice system as a police officer, correctional officer or probation officer and in other agencies (even care agencies) that deal with criminogenic populations. In addition, you might find employment in the private sector (e.g. private policing, security and insurance agencies, digital gaming and cyber security).
This programme gives you access to the M.A. in Probation Services and the M.A. in Criminology (by Research) offered by the Department of Criminology. Alternatively, you may opt to further your studies abroad to pursue international work and career opportunities.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.
Last Updated: 12 May 2022
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