Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Explore why people commit crime, the cause and effect of deviant behaviour, and the response of society.


Course Overview

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  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

There's more to crime than just "guilty or innocent". What are the social and psychological factors behind it? Who decides what we outlaw? How do we offer help, and change behaviour? Develop the personal and professional skills required for careers addressing crime and society.

As part of this course you’ll:

  • Explore crime as a vast political and cultural topic that concerns and affects everyone
  • Be introduced to a range of perspectives on crime and its impact on society
  • Develop a solid grounding in the theories that sit at the core of criminology
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of our current responses to crime with a view to helping shape more effective policies and legislation in the future
  • Develop the academic, personal and professional skills needed to forge a successful career in a variety of roles, whether you want to work with offenders, the victims of crime or in organisations tasked with reducing offending

Learn from experts

Each of your modules will be taught by an expert staff member working at the forefront of criminological theories. Their expertise includes theories of policing, prostitution studies, domestic violence, sexual offending, as well as race and crime. Through our guest lecture series, a range of practitioners share their insights and professional experience. Past speakers have included representatives from the probation and police services.

Why study Criminology at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Work on real life criminal investigations in our Cold Case Unit
  2. Participate in mock trials and put your learning into practice in our on-campus mock court room
  3. 91.2% of students from BSc (Hons) Criminology were in work or further study 15 months after graduating*

* 2018/19 graduating students, Graduate Outcomes

Cold Case Unit

Our criminology students have started reviewing investigations into people who have been missing for several years. The cold case unit helps victim’s families by potentially identifying new lines of enquiries for police to explore. The project offers you an opportunity to experience and contribute to real life criminal investigations. You can hear about some of the cases the Cold Case Unit have investigated below - with episodes from our 'Beckett Talks...' podcast series.

Leeds School of Social Sciences - The Cold Case Unit Lecturer Kirsty Bennett talks about the University’s Cold Case Unit. The Unit gives students the opportunity to investigate real-life murders and missing persons cases where the police have exhausted their leads and the case has gone cold.

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LBU’s Cold Case Unit: The disappearance of Charles Horvath-Allan Hear from the LBU Criminology students investigating the disappearance of a Halifax man in Canada who vanished without trace 30 years ago.