BA (Honours) Criminology and Law

Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system, and examines its relationship with crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice. You’ll explore issues such as the role and place of law in modern society, processes of criminalisation, violence, anti-social behaviour, and inequality, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice. You’ll gain the ability to critically assess everyday understandings of crime and criminal justice, the social, political, economic, historical and ethical dimensions of law, and gain knowledge of the key institutions which make up criminal justice and legal systems.


Key features of the course


  • Get to grips with the complex issues behind today’s crime, law and justice headlines
  • Understand, interpret and apply concepts about crime and law to ‘real world’ problems
  • Learn the ‘tools of the trade’ for criminology and law
  • Have an opportunity to gain practical experience by providing members of the public with legal advice in a virtual law clinic


As our flagship accounting degree, this accountancy and finance programme is accredited by DETC Higher Commission


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.


At Stage 1 you’ll study two introductory modules – one with a focus on law and one with a focus on the social sciences.


Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study two further modules exploring public and criminal law, and criminology.
Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll study two law modules from a choice of three and complete your degree with a criminology module.


First year


  • Introduction to criminology
  • An introduction to law
  • Public law and criminal law
  • Understanding criminology


Second year


  • European Union law
    Law, society and culture
    Exploring legal boundaries
    Justice in action

Third year

At Stage 3, we offer a choice of four law modules. You can gain an intensive knowledge of different areas of European Union law; explore the relationships between law, society and culture; research a legal topic of your own choice or work on pro bono legal projects. For your study of criminology, you’ll explore crime and justice in international and contexts, and in particular the way that crime and justice are being continually redefined by global economic, social and political change.


European Union law
Law, society and culture
Exploring legal boundaries
Justice in action


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

How much time do I need?
Most of our students study part-time, completing 60 credits a year.
This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

How much will it cost if I study outside Europe?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

    • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won’t have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
    • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
    • If like most Newcastle students, you study part-time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you’ll take six years to complete an honours degree.
    • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,012*.
    • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year’s full-time study – is £6,024*.
    • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £18,072*.


*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2020. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University’s strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study Costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a computer, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

International examination fees

The University sets up what is called established examination centres, around the world and in most countries in continental Europe and the Republic of Ireland. Students sitting examinations in these established centres do not need to pay an examination fee. If you cannot attend an established exam centre we can arrange for you to take your examination at an appropriate venue in your country of residence for an additional charge. The charge for exams in 2019 is between £247 and £251, fees for 2020 may be higher. This charge is payable as part of the application for an alternative international exam venue and application must be made no later than 9 weeks before your exam date.

Ways to pay for your qualification

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The University can boost your employability. Newcastle qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in ten NU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the NU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees.

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module.

We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

Mixed payment methods

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may get support from your employer to pay part of your tuition fee and pay the remainder by credit or debit card.


When studying Accountancy and Finance, you can expect career opportunities in the following roles: operations research analyst, auditor, accounting clerk, risk analyst, financial accountant, management accountant, export manager, business analyst, business operations manager, logistics manager, business interpreter, project manager and contracts manager.

This course sits within our accounting, finance & economics framework consisting of a range of specialised courses:

  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Business
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Taxation
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Law
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Finance & Business
  • BA (Hons) Finance & Economics
  • MAccFinn (Hons) Accounting & Finance

Each of the courses in this framework will give you those vital core skills, as well as offering more specialist options depending on the pathway you choose to pursue. All courses’ first year units are the same, allowing you the flexibility to transfer to another pathway at the end of the first year if you wish. This keeps your career options open and enables you to make more informed choices.

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

Knowledge and understanding
Cognitive skills
Practical and professional skills
Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the Newcastle’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

If you have already studied at the university level, you may be able to count it towards your  University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the Newcastle, we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just a university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.