Why study Criminology?

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UCEN Manchester Tutor, Angela Tobin, answers four common questions and misconceptions relating to Criminology degrees.

I’m truly passionate about Criminology, it’s a dynamic and exciting subject that allows you to understand and make sense of issues relating to crime, social justice, politics and harms in society.

It’s also rewarding to be able to support aspiring Criminologists and I hope that the information I’ve shared in this Q&A will help you to decide if a Criminology degree is right for you.

1. Who studies Criminology?

You might be surprised who you’re studying alongside if you enrol on a Criminology degree.

Criminology will prepare you to pursue a career in a range of criminal justice professions.  For example, policing, prison and probation services, victim support and a variety of other roles that provide assistance for offenders.

Part of the work we do to prepare our students for industry involves giving them the chance to speak to, and engage with, practitioners, so they learn first-hand about how criminal justice policies are applied.  We do this by inviting guest speakers to deliver lectures.  We also arrange visits to prison and Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Violence Reduction Unit.

2. What can Criminology degrees do?

The short answer is, a lot. Criminology degrees are one of those qualifications that can broaden your career horizons.  If you study a Criminology degree you’re not limited to a career in criminal justice – as much as that appeals to some.

Our graduates have gone on to secure exciting roles in social work, teaching and journalism.  There is also the opportunity to transition to a postgraduate course in a number of subjects, including Law.

3. Can you be a CSI with a Criminology degree?

If I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked this question…

One of the myths surrounding Criminology degrees is that Criminologists are interested in studying crime scenes – like you see on the TV.

That’s not something you’ll learn on one of our Criminology degrees, but what we are interested in is opening your eyes to the effects police and state failings have on society.  We’ll cover everything from inequality to prejudice, and how this impacts our day-to-day lives.

The heart of Criminology is that crime is what the law says it is, but as we all know, the law changes over time and they’re made by those in positions of privilege, wealth and power.

4. Are Criminology degrees worth it?

Before I answer this question, I must confess that I’m extremely biased.  Criminology degrees are stimulating and cover issues that have a tangible impact on society.  Our students are really passionate about the topics that we cover and this stimulates healthy, engaging debates and opens you up to new ways of thinking.

If you’re interested in a career in any of the areas I’ve mentioned, I couldn’t encourage you enough to seriously consider a Criminology degree and I’d love the chance to talk to you about why our courses are a great option, which will provide you with unique experiences and opportunities.  From small class sizes to visits to education departments in young offenders institutions – you’ll never be bored!

Find out more information about the Criminology courses available at UCEN Manchester and apply now.

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