• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Criminology (Hons) programme at Anglia Ruskin University will help you look beyond traditional viewpoints, challenge your opinions and address complex social problems. Learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments about criminal behaviour to open up many careers in the criminal justice system and crime prevention.
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On the Criminology (Hons) programme at Anglia Ruskin University , you’ll consider crime, victimisation and criminal justice processes from a range of multidisciplinary academic perspectives, such as sociology, psychology, politics and the law. 

The degree will give you the opportunity to challenge your existing opinions and attempt to evaluate contrasting evidence around the causes of crime, think critically about the effectiveness of punishment and craft arguments about the representation of crime and victimization.

During your first semester, in the module Skills for Criminal Justice, you will begin building a portfolio for your future career and CV, identifying potential roles available in the Criminal Justice sector and developing a focus for your degree, including participation in a volunteer and employment fair.

Using cutting edge theory, research and case studies, you’ll explore the most relevant crime issues of today, such as violence against women and girls, crimes of the powerful, opportunistic crimes, war crimes, corruption and urban culture; their possible causes, how the criminal justice system responds to them and how they are represented by the media.


The bespoke BA (Hons) Criminology degree will allow you to choose a criminal justice-related area to work towards. Many of our previous students have chosen careers in the probation service; the prison service (officers and governers); the police (crime scene and victim liaison officers); the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts); the Crown Prosecution Service; the Court Service; Youth Offending Teams; and Crime Reduction Partnerships.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Crime and Criminology
  • Crime News and Criminology
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies
  • Skills for Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Trials and Errors: Justice in Court
  • Violent Crime
  • Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Penology
  • Project Preparation

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above which must include English Language or English Literature.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The University offers a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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