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Full time 3 Year(s)
This new and highly innovative degree explores the relationship between crime and the human mind. Informed by cutting-edge research and combining theory and practice, the degree offers you an unparalleled chance to master both Criminology and Psychology in equal measure. Due to the flexible structure of our courses you can continue on the joint major pathway or switch to a Psychology major (which includes British Psychological Society accreditation) at the end of your first year.
The degree is led and taught by the world-leading, research-active academics based in our prestigious Law School and Psychology Department. They will introduce you to key themes and topics in Criminology and Psychology, as well as helping you to engage with recent and influential research.
You can choose to study areas such as:
Masterclasses, expert seminars, volunteering and work placement opportunities will also enhance your knowledge, experience and practical skills. Assessment is varied, including coursework, presentations, exams, reflective accounts and dissertation.
You will benefit from our excellent connections with NGOs, charities, and local Criminal Justice Agencies such as Lancashire Police and HMP Lancashire Farm. You will be able to visit the prison and engage in collaborative learning, and analyse data from Lancashire Police; this data is then often used by the force. All of this helps you to make professional connections and get a head start on your career.
We also offer two employability programmes. Our Psychology Employability Programme helps you to develop your skills for a career in Psychology, and, our Lancaster Award offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. We also support you with a dedicated careers officer and through our links to professional bodies and organisations.
Your degree opens the door to a career within, and beyond, the criminal justice system. It could lead to jobs in areas such as HR, marketing, management and the public and private sectors, including: the police, probation service, prison service, social work, work with young people, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, voluntary sector bodies working with offenders, victims and their families, and welfare charities.
A Level AAB
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
This module provides an introduction to criminology and criminal justice. You will benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach, which allows you to focus on the social, political, cultural and economic contexts of crime, deviance and criminal justice.
The module has a three-part structure and begins with criminological perspectives. This is your chance to delve into a range of key perspectives in criminology including biological, psychological, sociological and feminist. You’ll also consider the ways in which the media influences representations of crime.
In part two we will move on to contemporary criminological issues such as domestic violence, green criminology, serial killing, revenge porn, drugs, sex offending and hate crime. Part three then provides a critical overview of the key criminal justice agencies in the UK (such as prison, police and probation) – at this point we also explore approaches to punishment.
You will be taught by expert lecturers who will introduce you to cutting-edge research. Due to our unique approach to first year, you will study alongside students from across the University, which brings real diversity to the discussions within our small group teaching and workshops, enriching your learning experience.
This module will equip you with important practical skills and knowledge in conducting research in psychology: using different methods of data analysis from descriptive statistics through to inferential statistics, critically evaluating research, and disseminating research findings through report writing and presentations. You will gain this knowledge through both lectures and laboratory classes.
Investigating Psychology runs in parallel with Understanding Psychology (PSYC101) and the different components of conducting research will be expanded on in Part II.
You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of psychology that will underpin your degree: Developmental and Social Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology, Individual Differences and Historical and Conceptual Issues.
Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical classes, you will learn about the theories and findings in each of these areas.
You will be taught about different research approaches, how to access and evaluate scientific journal articles, and how to construct arguments formally in essays.
The module runs in parallel with Investigating Psychology (PSYC102)
Connecting Crime and Mind bridges the two disciplines of Criminology and Psychology and is jointly developed, taught and assessed by academics from both departments. You will benefit from this unique interdisciplinary teaching approach as we explore both the drivers of criminality and social responses to crime.
The module combines theory and practice, is problem-based and truly interdisciplinary, which means that we start with a particular behaviour rather than a theory and then draw on a range of different explanations from across the disciplines.
International research scholars from both departments will help you to explore a range of criminal behaviours such as acquisitive crime, crimes of violence and sex crimes. In each exploration we will consider the physical and social causes that lay behind real life crimes.
Throughout the module, we will take a thematic approach to enquiry and explanation. For instance, the theme of ‘Risk and Reaction’ will bring together biological psychology, neurological research, and concepts such as moral panics and risk society.
Seminars will provide opportunities to discuss ideas with your peers and consolidate your learning, while workshops will focus on your research skills and the development of a proposal for your third year research project. Both are closely linked to the schedule of weekly lectures.
This module provides students with an introduction to non-experimental methods by which psychological research is conducted, data collected and analysed, whilst also addressing the ethical issues relevant to a range of experimental and non-experimental methods. Students will undertake blocks of exercises in which they design, report and evaluate different forms of psychological research through questionnaires and surveys, in addition to interviewing and qualitative analysis.
Working in small groups, students will design and implement research projects on a given topic, followed by independent analyses and interpretation of the results, which are then written up in the research reports. Students will also engage with the various ethical issues affecting psychological research on human participants and the strategies for addressing those issues in ethical psychological research. The module will support further development of the ability to be clear, accurate, complete and concise in writing up research. Students will also develop the ability to use appropriate software and online resources in the generation and analysis of data.
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the theoretical foundations and processes of different forms of social research used within criminology focusing in particular on criminological fieldwork. Social research is at the heart of social science perspectives on criminology; as such research provides an important means of producing evidence within criminology and in the planning and evaluation of policies and provision within the criminal justice system.
Taught by internationally recognised researchers, you will learn about the study of mental processes; how we perceive, think, talk and behave. You'll explore the current issues, debates and approaches in the key areas of cognitive psychology: human memory, attention, language and perception under the guidance of lecturers who are experts and innovators in this field. You will also look at up-to-date theoretical debates and their evaluation in terms of conceptual coherence and empirical support.
This course introduces students to a range of contemporary crime ‘problems’ through a study of academic debates, paradigms and perspectives surrounding such. The historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts will be explored whereby students will be encouraged to critically analyse the process of criminalisation, criminal justice responses, and how these criminal or ‘deviant’ activities have come to be considered problematic. Specialist areas of criminological debate will be addressed, such as cultural criminology, the criminology of everyday life and the relationship between crime, pleasure and transgression.
What role do police forces play within the criminal justice system? What are some of the contemporary issues in policing? Where do the police fit into a broader framework of security, governance and regulation?
This module tackles fundamental questions such as these and helps you to think and write critically about key concepts connected to the nature, culture and structure of police forces in the UK.
The module is led by research-active staff and its content is informed by their latest research. You will explore a range of issues that shape UK policing, including:
police use of force
policing ethnic minorities
victims and the police
women in policing
We have excellent links to Lancashire Police, which inform this module. A combination of lectures and seminars is used to enhance your critical thinking skills and your verbal and written communication. Assessment through a group presentation will give you vital experience of public speaking and team-working.
This option can be taken alongside half-unit modules in Criminology taught in the second year. Students can therefore take one of the Criminology option modules and be assessed in the usual way (one essay plus exam) for a half-unit, and can also undertake this half-unit extended essay on a topic related to that particular module. However, the topic does not have to relate directly to a taught module and students can talk to staff about a small piece of documentary or other research in relevant areas of Criminology.
Before enrolling for this option, students should think in broad terms about the topic they might like to address. Look on the web or ask administrative staff for a copy of the staff list which shows the research interests of teaching staff, and a copy of the enrolment form for this option. The next step is to identify the most appropriate member(s) of staff, talk to them and have the enrolment form completed and signed. There are no formal tutorials for this option but once a supervisor has been agreed, individual supervision sessions should be arranged.
Criminological theory and philosophy is a key theme of this course. The module aims to introduce to the main theoretical approaches in criminology from its origins to the present day. The module introduces and examines the main types of theory that have sought to explain crime, criminality and social control. The critical philosophical approach adopted in this module encourages students to see social order and crime as theoretical problems rather than social facts available for straightforward empirical investigation.
This module will introduce students to the study of prisons providing a critical understanding of prisons in the UK but also within the context of global penal expansion. On this course students will examine prison policy and practice in both the UK and internationally, examine conflicting theoretical debates around prison reform and prison abolition, analyse the links between contemporary prison policy and neoliberalism and study the experiences of particular groups in prisons e.g. women, BME and LGBTQAI+.
Assessment will be via an academic poster in answer to a set question chosen from a list provided at the start of the module. Alongside the poster, students will be required to submit a 500 word commentary of the poster’s content.
You will explore learn cutting edge topics in developmental psychology, including the latest development in foetal research, new theories of communication and learning in infant and children, social cognition, face perception, perception of elementary physic and the theory of the mind.
The presented empirical research in the lectures, spanning from foetal research to toddlers, will provide you with an invaluable insight on how to conduct research into developmental psychology issues.
This module will introduce you to the fundamental neural principles of brain and behaviour relationships, with particular emphasis on the perceptual and cognitive functions that underpin many psychological processes. You will explore in more depth neural transmissions both within the neuron and at synapses, and gain a basic knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
You will learn about a range of theories and research methods in cognitive neuroscience, and to demonstrate how knowledge of the psychological processes can aid our understanding of a wide scope of human behaviour.
How does society respond to environmental harms? What is the legal response to such issues? Which social and/or economic factors cause environmental risk? What influence or impact does media coverage have on ‘green’ issues?
Lancaster University is one of only a handful of UK universities to offer a dedicated module on green criminology, or crimes against the environment, as part of an undergraduate programme.
This fascinating and highly relevant module considers the above questions and journeys through the following topics:
Anthropocentric environmental harms (human beings’ ethical relationship with the natural environment)
Environmental victimisation (those harmed by changes in their environment)
Media coverage of ‘green ‘issues
Protest, movements and environmental activism
Zemiology (social harms)
Green Criminology is taught by research-active academics who will introduce you to their cutting-edge research into the Illegal Wildlife Trade and ongoing projects in Uganda and Nepal. Throughout the module, they will encourage you to consider the overlap between environmental harm and other areas of criminology.
This module introduces the key topics and debates relating to personality and individual differences. It blends learning on both the important theoretical questions with discussion of the research implications for practice at work and across society as a whole. Current views will be explored and placed within their historical context. Notions such as trait and type on psychological accounts of human behaviour will be critically evaluated. The theoretical and practical insights into psychometric testing and other methods for capturing individual differences in behaviour and performance will also be described. The module further examines the impact of individual differences in particular areas, including cognition, thinking and development.
Expanding on the knowledge gained in Part I, you will further develop your knowledge of theory and research in a number of core areas in this field. Starting with the history of social psychology, you will explore topics such as social beliefs and judgements, intergroup relations and applying social psychology to everyday life.
Lectures will cover contemporary and empirical developments in the key areas, and the accompanying seminar programme will help you develop a range of academic skills (use of technical language, integrating knowledge, analytic skills, argument construction and presentation) in relation to social psychological subject matter.
Our Youth Justice module is an opportunity to consider the tension between perceptions of children as ‘troubled’ and ‘troublesome’. We will also explore the criminal justice response to children who are in conflict with the law.
The competing themes of welfare and justice are closely examined, along with the recent history of youth justice policy. Following these thematic explorations, we take a more in-depth look into specific topics, including:
comparative youth justice
children in care
This module is led by a research-active lecturer with an interest in children in the care and criminal justice systems; the lecture on children in care draws specifically on their cutting-edge research. The combination of lectures and small group teaching helps you to develop your understanding, deepen your criminological knowledge, and develop your critical evaluation skills.
This full-unit option aims to offer students the opportunity of developing and using research skills by undertaking a piece of documentary or field research in some area of criminology. The project aims to give students the opportunity to develop their research skills through the preparation of a dissertation based on empirical research on a topic within the field of criminology agreed with an identified supervisor. The dissertation will be individually tutored and the availability of this option will be subject to the department’s ability to provide appropriate supervisors.
You will explore cutting edge issues in cognition and will be encouraged to demonstrate your critical thinking skills on a choice of contemporary topics. These are likely to be language, visual cognition and synaesthesia, and forensic cognition.
You can opt to focus on two of the three taught modules for exam assessment, and also choose a research paper topic of your choice (in a group setting) under advice from seminar tutors. This allows you to concentrate on the options that you find most engaging, appealing, and relevant to your degree profile.
You will explore recent developments in research methods in neuroscience and develop the skills needed to evaluate critically the assumptions underlying these techniques. Additionally, you will gain in-depth knowledge of selected important real world disorders, such as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s Disease. You will be able to integrate research on demographic, neuropsychological and neuroanatomical aspects of these disorders.
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Informed by the latest research, this module critically examines the complex interactions between the media and crime.
Included in this fascinating area of study are:
theories of deviancy, moral panics and newsworthiness
representations of youth and female offenders
sex and hate crimes
revenge pornography and cybercrime
critical explorations of the use of media in the context of crime and criminal justice
We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the module so you will study key media concepts and then discuss how these relate to crime, deviancy and criminal justice issues.
The module assessment is both novel and creative. You will produce a media portfolio - completing a literature review on a topic of your choice - before engaging in a critical analysis using sources such as newspapers, documentaries or social media content. This approach ensures that you develop a practical understanding of media analysis and of the representation of crime in the media.
The module leader and teaching staff research extensively in the areas of crime and media. They will use their research to guide lecture content and, where appropriate, will provide you with data from their projects to analyse and discuss.
This course focuses on the crimes that power makes possible. Criminological theory and research has traditionally prioritized the crimes of the powerless over and against the crimes of those that make laws, wield influence and capital or authorize State violence. As such, this course will introduce students to theory, research, and case-studies on corporate and white-collar crimes, as well as state crimes like genocide and torture, in order to provide an analysis of the commission and punishment of such crimes.
Is there a criminal justice preoccupation with risk and prediction? If so, how helpful has this been to date?
This engaging module will tackle these fundamental questions and deepen your understanding of why some criminals appear to choose a life of crime: ‘criminal careers’ being the criminological term.
You will be taught by research-active academics who are experts in the field and you will explore some of the key contributions of research in this area, including work published by our teaching staff. For instance, staff research will inform your lectures on the criminalisation of children in care and the issue of ‘onset’ in criminal careers. Departmental research will also feed into your study of perceptions of ‘risk’ and ‘risky’ populations. A co-authored book (Soothill, Fitzpatrick & Francis, 2009 – ‘Understanding Criminal Careers’) is also used to support this course.
Topics covered include onset, persistence and desistance. You will also critically analyse some of the unintended consequences of research into this area – as well as considering the future implications on criminology of those consequential findings.
Criminal Justice Research provides you with a unique opportunity to access and analyse classified data from the Criminal Justice System, including data from police logging and information management systems. It provides you with invaluable research experience.
You will carry out your own research dissertation, mentored by someone from one of our partnering Criminal Justice Agencies, addressing a real-life, real-time priority for them. For instance, you may work with classified data from the Lancashire Constabulary, helping them look at the effective use of police resources. Your findings will contribute to the knowledge base of the participating agencies.
The module is delivered through interactive lectures, focusing on quantitative analysis; workshops in which you carry out your own analysis (supported by peers and the course convenor); and one-to-one supervision sessions.
Representatives from the criminal justice agencies providing the data will also support you on a one-to-one basis. They will also provide feedback on your progress and attend your dissertation presentation, which ensures that you have experience of presenting to interested professionals/practitioners.
The course convenor is a research-active academic with two main areas of interest: policing and the demand for resources, and, violence and society. You will benefit from their research and they will support you as you hone your own skills.
This module enables Criminology students to develop skills and knowledge that are highly valued by employers by solving problems for stakeholders to services relating to criminal justice, crime prevention or dealing with the effects of crime. Students will gain an understanding of the process of developing and practicing enterprise and innovation skills via a series of interactive lectures and the delivery and evaluation of a live project. Examples of projects could include (but are not limited to), engaging the public in crime prevention and supporting rehabilitation services through advocacy campaigns. Stakeholders students work with could include organisations such as the police, probation services, and those within the voluntary sector supporting ex-offenders and victims of crime.
An engaging and highly relevant module, Drugs, Crime and Society examines the nature and extent of drug taking in the UK and beyond. This module is co-taught by an English and a Dutch expert, which enables us to place a particular focus on comparisons between the UK and the Netherlands.
In the course of our study we will:
explore the difficulties of researching hidden populations, like drug users
engage with theories of drug use from a sociological, psychological and cultural perspective
consider global and national drug markets
investigate the links between drugs and crime
evaluate policing responses to drugs
You will be taught by research-active lecturers who will introduce you to cutting-edge research and contemporary debate. For instance, they will link to current research and publications concerning cannabis cultivation, world markets, and drug distribution among friends (also known as ‘social supply’).
This extended essay will be individually tutored and the availability of the option is subject to the department's ability to provide a suitable supervisor. This option can be taken alongside third year taught half-unit modules in the Criminology. Students can therefore take one of the third year Criminology option modules and be assessed in the usual way (one essay plus exam) for a half-unit, and can also undertake this half-unit extended essay on a topic related to that particular module. However, the topic does not have to relate directly to a taught module and students can talk to staff about a small piece of documentary or other research in relevant areas of Criminology. Before enrolling for this option, students should think in broad terms about the topic they might like to address. Look on the web or ask administrative staff for a copy of the staff list which shows the research interests of teaching staff, and a copy of the enrolment form for this option. The next step is to identify the most appropriate member(s) of staff, talk to them and have the enrolment form completed and signed. There are no formal tutorials for this option but once a supervisor has been agreed, individual supervision sessions should be arranged.
This module focuses on how psychology can help in forensic settings, including police investigations, dealing with antagonists and courtrooms. Specific topics discussed include offender profiling, lie detection and hostage negotiation.
You will gain an appreciation of what can be learned from studying the behaviour of criminals in a scientific framework, and understand and be able to discuss different explanations and theories of crime and criminal behaviour. We will show you how to apply psychological theories of behaviour to explain criminal case studies and experiences in criminal contexts, including within the court, as well as understand and discuss the strengths and limitations of classifications of criminal behaviour. Another part of the module is being able to critically discuss the merits of different approaches to offender treatment, interviewing, and detecting deception, plus the capacity to think critically about a range of controversial issues within forensic / investigative psychology.
This module will focus on hate crime, but will draw on notions from a range of international sources and jurisdictions. Issues covered will focus on the question of what is ‘hate crime’, before ensuring that students gain an understanding of the harms of ‘hate crime’. There will be a discussion of the perpetrators of ‘hate crime’ as well as the policing of such. The international perspective to this course will be gained from a discussion of ‘hate crime’ as a human rights problem, with a particular focus on freedom of speech. Substantive issues will also be explored, notably, the notion of criminalising collective memory, with a focus on outlawing Holocaust denial and other crimes against humanity.
In this module, you are encouraged to engage critically but constructively with social psychological research and theory. The topics covered reflect the lecturers' active research interests, and have recently included the psychology of animal treatment, nostalgia and propaganda/advertising, and social media.
The module will equip you to be able to summarise the current state of knowledge on a given topic, and also be able to evaluate such knowledge, weighing it's strengths and limitations, and tracing it's implications. In particular, you will be encouraged to question the standard textbook treatment of social psychological topics.
How should we understand the role of punishment under democracy? How do the historical, cultural and ideological relationships that underpin and, to a certain extent, determine punishment inform our conceptions of Justice, Fairness, and Equality? This course examines both the historical and philosophical dimensions of modern democratic punishment. We will probe the punitive landscape charted by theorists like Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, and Emile Durkheim. This module will also consider the “new punitiveness” and the “old” in search of an explanation for the rise of the incapacitative approach to punishment, its permanence and its implications for the legitimacy of the democratic project.
You will be introduced to the concepts of human psychopharmacology, and to the theoretical background of drug-induced modification of nervous system function and behaviour. You will gain insight into psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behaviour.
We'll teach you about the biological bases of drug actions and how these might contribute to our knowledge of psychological function in general, the acute and long term consequences of psychoactive drug use and current pharmacological treatment strategies for Alzheimer's, depression and schizophrenia.
You will explore why individuals differ in responsiveness to psychoactive drugs and discuss current controversies in the area of psychopharmacology.
The module Sex Crimes and Sexual Offending introduces students to a range of sexual crimes and forms of sexual offending as defined by UK and international law. The module will cover a number of key areas a) the types of sexual crimes governed by UK and international law – what constitutes a particular sexual crime, how it is sometimes committed, and the extent of such crimes b) the ways in which sex crimes and offending behaviour is explained – considering who the perpetrators are and why they commit crimes of a sexual nature, as well as the wider social context which may help explain why some sexual crimes are defined by law and how new crimes emerge as the social context changes c) critically examine how the crimes are dealt with by the criminal justice system such as the laws and policies which surround these crimes, their implementation and how well they operate in practice in terms of treatments, support and punishments given to sexual offenders and their victims.
This module will enhance your knowledge of developmental psychology, building on knowledge gained during Year 2. You will explore in more depth developmental theoretical problems such as Nativist vs. Empiricist accounts on infant knowledge and reasoning, and the development of empathy and prosocial behaviour. You will also look at moral reasoning and emerging understanding of moral rules, and social and emotional development in adolescence.
A longer period of development is covered compared to PSYC205, spanning from infancy through early and late childhood, and through to adolescence.
You will examine in depth the different topics within developmental psychology from a social neuroscience approach. You will be presented with various key aspects of typical and atypical socio-emotional development, and how social cognitive and affective neuroscience core principles and methods have helped advance their understanding.
A specific emphasis will be put on how different processes interact during development, and how this influences the outcome at different points during their ontogenic trajectory.
You will discover what clinical psychology is - learn about key theoretical frameworks and treatment approaches, and develop an understanding of how research is related to practice. Covering various populations (including children, adults and older adults), this module will discuss various psychological disorders in terms of their assessment, aetiology, research background and interventions. A small series of guest lectures delivered by experienced practitioners will introduce you to issues in professional practice and confer a realistic appreciation of the work of clinical psychologists. By the end of the module, you will recognise and be able to discuss several specific and overarching aspects of clinical psychological practice, as well as a range of prominent psychopathologies.
This module examines the ways in which criminologists have understood violence and aggression in individuals and groups, and what remedies criminology can offer for problems of violence. Violent crime is a major cause of pain and distress to individuals, and of social dislocation and division. The module introduces students to the main sociological and psychological perspectives on violence and explores their impact on criminology. The course connects theories of violence with broader theories of social change, and examines evidence linking high rates of violence with increases in social and economic inequality. The connections between violence and culturally dominant concepts of masculinity are examined, and particular problems of violence in relation to urban youth gangs, male violence in the private sphere, and racist violence and harassment are explored. Finally, the module explores possible solutions to problems of violence and the potential of non-violent forms of conflict resolution.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Your degree can lead to a wide choice of rewarding jobs in the public, private and third sectors.
Our criminology graduates are welcomed by the Police, the National Probation Service, the National Offender Management Service, and private providers within the Criminal Justice System (such as G4S). Your degree can also open doors to roles in the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Health, or with a charity linked to the Criminal Justice System, such as WomenMATTA (supporting women in prison).
Graduate training scheme opportunities include: Police Now; Frontline (social work); Think Ahead (mental health social work); National Graduate Development Programme (local government); Civil Service Fast Stream; NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme; Charity Works (the UK non-profit sector’s graduate programme); Ambitious Futures (for leadership careers in the university sector).
Transferable skills are an integral part of all Lancaster University degrees and employers will value your skills in listening, critical reading and writing, public speaking, time management, team work, empathy and tolerance.
During your degree, we will help you to secure experience with criminal justice agencies, volunteering opportunities, work experience, or internships - all of which provide invaluable insight into your future career options and set you apart when you enter the employment marketplace.
Your degree can also act as a launch pad to a Masters degree or PhD in areas such as criminology, criminal justice or social research methods.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
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