What Will You Study

Studying Criminology at Lancaster University gives you the opportunity to examine crime in its historical and contemporary economic, social and cultural contexts. You will have the flexibility to tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests and can look forward to career prospects in criminal justice, social welfare and government agencies.

Taught by lecturers who are nationally and internationally renowned researchers, your degree is informed by cutting-edge criminological research and contemporary debates on crime, deviance and punishment.

You begin your degree exploring relevant contemporary criminological issues. Themes of your first-year course in Crime and Social Life include gathering and evaluating criminological evidence; how and why crime problems are defined and the merits of competing arguments about crime, deviance and punishment.

You will set issues in the context of class, gender, race and ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality. You will be introduced to key concepts in Criminology as an academic discipline.

In your second and third years, you will take modules in Criminological Thought, Understanding Criminological Fieldwork and Measuring Crime. You can also tailor your degree to areas of personal and professional interest by selecting from a range of options including Hate Crime, Drugs, Crime and Society and Sex Crimes. 

Alternatively, you can take modules from Law or other departments such as Sociology.

In part two of your degree, you’ll also have an opportunity to write a crime related extended essay or dissertation on a topic of your choice, supported by a leading academic in the field.