Why study Criminology and Criminal Justice?
Bangor was one of the first 'traditional' universities to offer a single honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. You will be taught by staff who combine research careers with a real dedication for teaching which takes place in a friendly and informal environment. We have good links with criminal justice agencies (locally, nationally and internationally) and our courses are innovative and reflect the topicality of the subject area. We also have a range of visiting speakers which adds to the learning experience. The structure of the degree allows you to specialise as well as to cover a broad range of options and to rise to the intellectual challenges of the subject area. The first year is designed to build your confidence, whatever your background
Core modules will give you a firm grounding in the substantive, methodological and theoretical components of Criminology as well as related aspects of the disciplines of law, sociology and psychology. You will gain both the subject knowledge and research skills needed to understand and contribute to wider knowledge of crime and criminal justice. The range of optional modules on offer allows you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career ambitions.
Career Opportunities in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree will equip you with valuable subject knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills making it attractive to almost any employer.
This degree lends itself to a wide range of careers as well as further training or postgraduate study. Our graduates have gone on to pursue a range of careers, working in fields such as: Social Work, Legal Profession, Police Force, Probation Service, Youth offending Service, Investigative work.
Our Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bangor is focussed on comparative study at a number of cross-cultural levels: national, international and rural-urban comparisons are three of the most important ways in which comparative criminological work is undertaken.
Staff research interests include examining the effects of crime as well as criminal justice on society. This includes internationally recognised research exploring representations of crime in news and entertainment media, policy development on the appropriate responses to crime, changes in criminal justice arrangements in times of austerity, as well as broader theoretical questions of governance through crime and justice.
For research students we are able to provide both a full research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.