Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology

Course Title

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

3 Years

180 ECTS

Mode of Study


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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 Ӳeal lifeԠissues and situations in the criminal justice field, and thus the ability to engage in critical thought and analysis.

Communication and Academic Skills Programme

The communication and academic skills programme complements students’ main course of study. It introduces them to writing and presenting as situated within academic contexts sensitive to specific disciplines and develops their competences for future careers.

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRI1017 Crime Scene to Court 4 ECTS    
CRL1012 Introduction to Law for Criminological Studies 4 ECTS    
CRM1002 Introduction to Policing 4 ECTS    
CRM1004 Biological and Psychological Theories of Crime 4 ECTS    
CRM1005 Introduction to Corrections 4 ECTS    
CRM1020 Introduction to Criminology 4 ECTS    
CRM1021 Sociological Theories of Crime 4 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRI1005 Organised Crime 4 ECTS    
CRI1009 Interpersonal Violence 4 ECTS    
CRI1011 Community Based Sanctions 4 ECTS    
CRI1015 Myths and Realities of Crime: Societal Perspectives 4 ECTS    
CRI1016 Methods of Criminological Research 8 ECTS    
CRL1011 Criminal Procedure and Criminology 4 ECTS    
YTH1023 Youth, Crime and Deviance 4 ECTS    

Requirement for regular progression to Year 2: 60 ECTS credits

In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are required to choose study-units to the value of 4 ECTS credits from the elective study-units on offer during the year.
Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRI2002 Criminal Investigation 4 ECTS    
CRI2003 Psychology and Investigation 4 ECTS    
CRI2004 Prison and Prisoners 4 ECTS    
CRI2012 Victimology 4 ECTS    
CRI2015 Maritime Domains and Crime 4 ECTS    
CRM2012 Crime Prevention and Community Safety 4 ECTS    
CRM2020 Key Issues: Drugs and Society 4 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRI1006 Violent Crime 4 ECTS    
CRI2008 Risk and Security Management 4 ECTS    
CRI2011 Practical Approaches to Research Methodology 4 ECTS    
CRI2014 Contemporary and Comparative Criminology 4 ECTS    
CRM1016 Restorative Justice 4 ECTS    
CRM2019 Introduction to Forensic Pathology 4 ECTS    
MRT2013 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 4 ECTS    
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
CRI2013 Criminology in Practice 4 ECTS    
CRI2016 The Politics of Crime and Punishment 4 ECTS    

Requirement for regular progression to Year 3: 60 ECTS credits

Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRM3011 Dissertation 12 ECTS   (NC)  

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRI3002 Police Leadership and Management 4 ECTS    
CRI3003 Psychology of the Courtroom 4 ECTS    
CRI3004 White Collar Crimes 4 ECTS    
CRI3005 Crime Mapping and Spatial Technologies 4 ECTS    
CRI3008 Sentencing, Penal Policy and Management in Corrections 4 ECTS    
CRI3013 Terrestrial Domains and Crime 4 ECTS    
CRM3012 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 4 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
CRI3011 Criminal Careers and Intergenerational Phenomena 4 ECTS    
CRI3012 Migration, Crime and Borders 4 ECTS    
CRM3001 Cyber Crime 4 ECTS    
CRM3009 Designing out Crime: Spatial Planning and the Environment 4 ECTS    
CRM3010 Offence and Criminal Profiling 4 ECTS    

Requirement for successful completion of Year 3: 60 ECTS credits

Requirement for award of B.A. (Hons) Criminology: 180 ECTS credits

This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2019 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology under the auspices of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

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.

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Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500

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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.

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