Criminal Justice

UCAS codes

  • M211 -

Course contact

Peter Sproat
0800 027 1000/0141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

BA - 3 years
BA Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September
The way society and governments experience and deal with crime is an increasingly high-profile issue. This degree, the only one of its kind in Scotland, will prepare you for employment in a range of occupations including the police and prison service, criminal courts and the fiscal service.
  • SQA Highers: BBBC inc English or relevant alternative
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC inc English or relevant alternative
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC2 inc English or relevant alternative
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Science, Social Studies
  • SQA HNC (Grade B) / CertHE / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences; Social Studies; or relevant discipline
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences; Social Studies; or relevant discipline
  • SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences; Social Studies 
Criminal Justice is the study of concepts, structures, organisations and processes involved with the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime, the workings of the criminal law and criminal court system and the treatment of offenders within society.

Year 1

A grounding in the nature of criminal justice and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary disposition of the subject area. Modules include Introduction to Scottish Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, and the History of Crime and Justice.

Year 2

Study of theoretical disciplines and the role of research is complemented by subjects including deconstructing crime, the politics of criminal justice and investigating the social world.

Year 3

Core modules will enhance your understanding and analytical skills while emphasising a more applied and critical approach to issues in criminal justice. Modules include Penology and Prisons, and Policing and Youth Justice. Other options include the Economics of Crime and Justice, Introduction to Forensic Science, and Youth and Gang Violence.

Year 4 (Honours)

Core modules will deepen your evaluative and critical skills and your ability to conduct research through a dissertation. Crime as Social Harm, Comparative Criminal Justice, and Security in a Global Age are covered.
Graduates work for the police and prison services, as well as the criminal courts administration and the Fiscal Service. Community justice provides work opportunities in sectors related to restorative justice and mediation, community safety and working with offenders, victims and witnesses. The private security industry has a demand for managers with a knowledge of the criminal justice system especially in the area of fraud detection and internet crime. Opportunities exist for students to study in the EU through the Erasmus+ Programme.

Useful Information

  • Delivery campus currently under review for 2016 entry.

    For course availability check UCAS

    Please note we are currently reviewing the structure of the Criminal Justice degree and minor amendments to the module structure may take place.