This course can be studied on a full-time basis for three years or part-time, typically taking between four and six years to complete. You start in September.
It is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth.
We regularly introduce contemporary issues into the classroom. For example, we not only examine the evolution of the traditional organised crime, such as the Sicilian mafia, American Cosa Nostra, Japanese Yakuza and Chinese Triads, but we also look at the growth of the new wave of organised criminal groups in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Africa and the South American Cartels.
Your teaching and learning will be enriched guest speakers, presentations, Q&S by input from experts in practice, including forensic psychiatrists, police officers, practitioners from drug and alcohol services or victim services, probation officers, mental health service users, and offenders currently on licence with the probation service. We also hold an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair, which is attended by Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support and many more, providing excellent professional networking opportunities, as well as the chance to gain additional work experience.
We offer multiple field trips here in the UK, Europe and farther afield, which often incorporate visits to sites of specific interest to criminology, such as museums or courts, as well as relevant cultural sites (additional costs may apply). For example, we’ve previously visited the Holocaust centre in Nottingham, the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Statue of Liberty in New York.