Studying criminology and criminal justice

Why study Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) with us?

This course offers you an excellent tool kit of analytical and practical skills to examine how and why people commit crime and how we, as a society, deal with criminality.

Teaching and learning
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) is well established within the University and has been taught at the Plymouth Law School since 1992. Studying CCJ here means you'll be taught by friendly and approachable staff who are all active researchers, with many having had previous experience of working in the sector. We aim to provide you with an academically rigorous programme of study with plenty of opportunities to engage with the real world, through work-based learning, volunteering and activities from our supported student societies.

We maintain an international profile through excellence in research and innovation in teaching, and hosted the British Society of Criminology conference in 2015 as part of our commitment to pushing the boundaries of the discipline. All members of staff are involved in outside consultancy, professional organisations, wider academic research and voluntary activities. For our current research interests, see our Research page.

Our new MSc Criminology offers students the opportunity to study the subject at an advanced level and utilises a blended learning approach, to provide maximum flexibility for distance learning or students who need to maintain employment during their studies.
Careers advice
Our careers advice is embedded throughout the curriculum which means that we help you find and develop the right career path as an integral part of your degree, using a dedicated team of personal tutors and careers advisers.

Put your incisive mind and probing skills to best use as a decision-maker, policy developer or by assisting in the treatment of offenders. Whether it’s probation, policing, youth justice, community safety or victim services, you’ll develop your critical skills and graduate primed to embark on your future career path. Employers are aware that our students have the skills they want - over 90 per cent of our students go into work or further study six months post graduation.

Justice Works (work-based learning and volunteering)

Justice Works fosters collaboration between students, staff and the community for the development of academic knowledge and practical engagement.

A range of activities are designed to enhance employability skills, foster partnerships and provide opportunities to engage in world class research.

Learn more about Justice Works