BA (Hons) Criminal Justice

University of The West of Scotland
United Kingdom
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
4 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 9,401
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 53,202

Entry Requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBC (priority given to applicants with Higher English), plus Mathematics at SQA Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 5
  •  GCE A-Levels: CCC, plus GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C, or above)
  •  Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC
  •  International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (to include 2 Higher subjects at 4 points)
  •  SQA HNC /BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Science or Social Studies.


Year 1
Students gain a grounding in the nature of criminal justice and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the subject area. Modules include Introduction to Scottish Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, Psychology, Sociology, and the History of Crime and Justice.

Year 2
The focus on relevant theoretical disciplines continues, together with applied approaches, which are underpinned by consideration of the role of research. Subjects covered include criminal justice issues, criminology foundations, deconstructing crime, politics of criminal justice and investigating the social world.

Year 3
Core modules are designed to allow you to enhance your understanding and analytical skills while the emphasis is on a more applied and critical approach to issues in criminal justice. These modules include Penology and Prisons, Policing, Youth Justice, and Researching the Social World A and B. There are also options in the Economics of Crime and Justice, Introduction to Forensic Science, Criminology and the Life Course and Youth and Gang Violence.

Year 4
The core modules are designed to deepen your evaluative and critical skills, as well as your ability to conduct research through a dissertation. Crime as Social Harm, Comparative Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice and Security in a Global Age, are covered. Students also have a range of options including Victimology to choose from.

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