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BSc Social Policy and Criminology


UCAS code: LM42 BSc/SPCr

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2012: 94

First year students 2012:


First year:

Second year:

Third year:

First year

There are two compulsory courses. Foundations of Social Policy provides a framework for understanding the policy making process by examining changes in social welfare provision in response to particular social issues over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in comparison with other developed countries. Crime and Society offers an introduction to the main institutions of the criminal justice system and the policy context within which they operate.

You can choose your third course from one of three social policy options, and your fourth option from the wide range of courses available in other departments.

Second year

There are three compulsory courses. Criminological Perspectives examines the major theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of crime and the research that contributes to their formation and testing. Principles of Social Policy examines the ends and means of social policies within a comparative framework. Research Methods for Social Policy provides a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research in social policy.

You may choose your fourth course either from the range of options offered in social policy, including Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice, or from the available courses in other departments.

Third year

There are two compulsory courses. Comparative and International Social Policy examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by countries at different stages of economic development. Crime Control: Ideas and Controversies provides a critical understanding of contemporary crime control policy, paying particular attention to issues such as policing and security; crime prevention and surveillance; drugs; youth and punishment.

The third course will be an option from the range offered in the social policy options list. The fourth course may be an approved outside option, or alternatively a long essay on an approved relevant topic, providing the opportunity to explore an area that interests you in some depth.


This list shows the range of social policy options available in the second and third years. Some will be taught every year, some in alternate years, depending on demand.

† If not already taken  

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.