Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

BSc (Hons) Criminology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Criminology Programme codeUFS3HPSHPS05
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BSc in Criminology at Exeter offers those with an interest in studying crime, criminal justice, and society an opportunity to pursue their enthusiasm in a supportive environment. Criminology aims to provide systematic understanding of the historical patterning of crime, the causes of criminal behaviour and its consequences, as well as policy response. Through Criminology at Exeter you will learn to understand the multi-perspectival nature of crime, to explore terrains that are often contested, and to develop a critical appreciation of disciplinary perspectives. The inter-disciplinary make-up of the programme is rooted in sociological approaches, but also offers the potential to combine these perspectives for understanding and responding to crime and deviance with those from historical, political, and psychological studies. You will explore theoretical, empirical and methodological issues associated with these fields of social research. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. provide you with a teaching and learning programme informed by a vibrant research culture and with excellent learning opportunities.
2. enable you to develop into graduates who will be useful, productive and questioning members of society.
3. allow you to become grounded in the main themes of Criminology through a combination of modules, which help you to develop an appreciation and understanding of how societies define and respond to crime.
4. enable you to become competent in the specific skills required in Criminology, core academic skills and a wide range of generic and transferable skills.
5. offer you a wide range of choice within the programme of study, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.
6. provide you with an excellent Honours-level education in Criminology, which meets the criteria for Honours level awards as set out in the FHEQ and the University’s statement of Levels and Awards, and which meets the standards set in the national Subject Benchmarking statements for Criminology.
7. provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment for students that is informed by research where deemed appropriate.
8. develop students’ competence in the subject-specific skills required in Criminology through practical engagement with primary and empirical data.
9. expose you to different teaching and assessment methods within an appropriate learning environment, supported by feedback, monitoring and pastoral care.
10. provide you with a range of academic and personal skills which will prepare you for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility and adaptability, and which will enable them to deploy their knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances.

The Programme will:

4. Programme Structure

Your BSc Criminology programme is a 3 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year, comprising of 120 credits made up of either 15 or 30-credit modules, which contribute towards the degree.


The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.  Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the College.


The ‘level’ of a module (designated by the first number in the module code) indicates its position in the progressive development of academic abilities and/or practical skills.


This degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules and as part of the degree programme you may take up to 30 credits a year in another discipline outside your main degree subjects, after you have met the compulsory requirements of your main subjects (specified below).


In exceptional circumstances you may exit this award with a Certificate of Higher Education in Criminology where you have achieved 120 credits at Stage 1 or a Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology where you have achieved 240 credits across Stages 1 and 2, with at least 90 of these from Stage 2.  

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

The BSc Criminology degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 15 credits at stage 1 and 30 credits in each of stages 2 and 3 in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Stage 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of criminology and social theory, methods and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

You will take 90 credits of compulsory modules. You should select a further 30 credits of optional modules (in other words two 15 credit modules). Examples are listed below. Available modules will be subject to change each year. An approved list of modules can be found at

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1037 Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15 credits15No
SOC1038 Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15 credits15No
SOC1039 Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance 15 credits15No
SOC1040 Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology 15 credits15No
SOC1041 Data Analysis in Social Science 15 credits15No
SOC1004 Introduction to Social Data 15 credits15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ANT1004 Introduction to Social Anthropology-Theorising the Everyday World 15 credits15No
ANT1005 Introduction to Social Anthropology: Exploring Cultural Diversity 15 credits15No
ANT1006 Cultures: Food 15 credits15No
SOC1003 Imagining Social Worlds: Texts 15 credits15No
SOC1008 Imagining Social Worlds: Artefacts 15 credits15No
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15 credits15No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Fields and Case Studies 15 credits15No
SOC1028 Media and Society 15 credits15No
SOC1036 Foucault-Discipline and Punish 15 credits15No
Total Credits for Stage 1


Stage 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of criminological knowledge and methods through a set of 60 credits of compulsory modules (including 30 credits chosen from the available Q-step modules). Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.


If you want to take the Q-Step work experience module choose:

SSI2002 Data Analysis in the Workplace


Optional modules  (30 credits)

You should select a further 30 credits of optional modules. Examples are listed below. Available modules will be subject to change each year. An approved list of modules can be found at

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC2004 Into the Field 15 credits15No
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 credits15No
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 credits15No
SOC2077 Data Analysis in Social Science II 15 credits15No

Optional Modules

You must choose 30 credits of Q-Step related modules (1-6) and a further 30 credits of optional Criminology-related modules (7-11).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC2091 Immigration in Western Societies Q-Step; 15 credits15No
SOC2092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies Q-Step; 15 credits15No
POL2046 The Economics of Politics Q-Step; 15 credits15No
SSI2002 Data Analysis in the Workplace Q-Step; 15 credits15No
POL2071 Experimental Research in the Social Sciences Q-Step; 15 credits15No
SOC2095 On Violence Criminology; 30 Credits30No
SOC2086 Addiction Criminology; 30 Credits30No
SOC2046A The Holocaust, Genocide and Society Criminology; 30 Credits30No
ANT2009 Living cities: Migration, place and the politics of identities Criminology; 15 Credits15No
PHL2012 Social Philosophy Criminology; 15 Credits15No
Total Credits for Stage 2


Stage 3

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. It is your opportunity to carry out a piece of independent study into a topic which really interests you. You may choose to take a traditional approach to your dissertation or carry out an original project drawing on the practical research skills you will have developed during your degree.

You should select a further 75 credits of optional modules, including at least 15 credits in Q-step related modules. Examples are listed below. Available modules will be subject to change each year. An approved list of modules can be found at

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC3040 Dissertation 30 credits30No

Optional Modules

Students must  choose 15 credits of Q-Step related modules and a further 75 credits of Criminology-related optional modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC3091 Immigration in Western Societies (if not taken at year 2); Q-Step; 15 credits15No
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies (if not taken at year 2); Q-Step or Criminology; 15 credits15No
SOC3094 Data Analysis in Social Science III Q-Step; 15 credits15No
SOC3086 Addiction Criminology; 30 credits30No
SOC3046A The Holocaust, Genocide and Society Criminology; 30 credits30No
EAS3217 Crime and Punishment Criminology; 30 credits30No
PSY3256 Psychology and Law Criminology; 30 credits30No
POL3042 Understand Democracy and Human Rights in Middle East. Criminology; 30 credits30No
ANT3004 Living cities: Migration, place and the politics of identities Criminology; 15 credits15No
POL3148 Human Rights and the Political Criminology; 30 credits30No
Total Credits for Stage 3


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate your understanding of criminology as a distinct area of study and inquiry, and its multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary nature (benchmark 4.2.1)
2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the types of criminological research both quantitative and qualitative
3. Use empirical evidence - both quantitative and qualitative - about the distribution of crime, deviance, offending and victimisation of all kinds to explore relationships between these and social divisions and social change (benchmark 4.2.22).
4. Understand alternative theoretical approaches within criminology, and contemporary debates about the content and scope of criminology (benchmark 4.2.2)
5. Gauge how the different sources of information about crime and victimisation, both quantitative and qualitative, and how they are produced - including their location in particular legal, political, social and ideological frameworks - and how they can be interpreted (benchmark 4.2.4)
6. Recognize how to develop a reflective approach and a critical awareness of the values of local cultures and local politics, and of the student's own values, biography and social identity, and how to bring these skills to bear in an informed response to crime and victimisation (benchmark 4.2.19)
7. Assess the ethical implications of criminology enquiry and qualitative/quantitative research more generally

1-3. These skills are developed in the approved criminology modules, and are a core aim of SOC1039 and SOC1040.

4-6. These skills are developed through core and modules, including SOC1039, SOC1040, POL2070.

7. These skills will be practised through coursework and examination and seminar work in all modules, and consolidated specifically in modules at 2nd year and 3rd year level (SOC2004, SOC3040, SOC3094, SOC2092, SOC3092, SOC2091, SOC3091). 

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of: 
Term-time essays 1-7 
oral presentations 1-7 
examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work) 1-7

The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
9. Select and apply appropriate strategies for specific research problems (benchmark 5.3.8)
10. Identify and deploy a range of research strategies, including qualitative and quantitative methods and the use of electronic and published data sources (benchmark 5.3.9)
11. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
12. Develop and deploy arguments grounded in theoretical frameworks.
13. Evaluate evidence of diverse kinds and drawing appropriate conclusions (benchmark 5.4.6).
14. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
15. Present research procedures, academic debates and your own arguments (benchmark 5.4.1).
16. Present work and answer questions orally.
17. Presenting data and evidence in an appropriate format for a variety of audiences (benchmark 5.4.4).
18. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of:

Term-time essays 8-18 
Oral presentations 8-18 
Examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work) 8-18

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

19. Undertake independent research and ability to work to deadlines.
20. Word process and access the world-wide web gain familiarity with IT packages.
21. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
22. Evaluate own work.
23. Participate in discussions.
24. Work with others as part of a team in classroom exercises.
25. Group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
26. Plan the execution of work over a long time scale.
27. Think and write broadly about large themes.
28. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
29. Collate data from a range of sources

19 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is addressed especially via SOC2004 and in the dissertation.  
20 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed

21 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.  
22 is developed throughout but especially in SOC2004 and the dissertation (and through the self-appraisal in the inter-semester week).  
23 is developed through seminars, which form part of all modules.  
The skills in 24 and 25 are developed to some extent in all modules, through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism both collective and individual.

26 and 27 are developed through the Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline, and also in SOC2004.  
28 and 29 are developed through all modules.

The skills in 19, 20 and 21 are assessed in all modules. 21 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation. 22 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and aided through the student self-appraisal system that takes place in the inter-semester week of Spring Term. 23 24, 25 and 26 are formally assessed in SOC2004. 27 Is covered by the Dissertation. 28 and 29 by all modules.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.


Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Criminology

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Criminology

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision