Geography and Criminology BA (Hons)

UCAS code L72C

What is special about this course?

If you're looking for a degree that helps you understand human and social interactions from different angles, this BA (Hons) Geography and Criminology is the one for you.

Geography is the study of the earth and the link between physical and human landscapes. It explores the relationships between people, place and the environment and how these vary across and between places. You will look at issues such as land use, planning and development, globalisation, climate change, energy, and tourism, in order to examine human relationships with the environment. Geography graduates are among the most employable, with skills developed in presenting ideas in reports and oral presentations, through data collection and analysis, and in the use of specialist mapping and statistical software.

Criminology draws on a wide range of human and social science disciplines and is both a theoretical and empirical subject, with many of criminology’s most significant advances achieved through empirical studies. Core to this programme are the development of clear and confident research methods and analysis skills. You will also develop a critical understanding of the local, national and international contexts of crime, offenders, victimisation and responses to crime (including cybercrime).

Delivered online by blended learning and available to study from home, you will benefit from collaborative discussions and activities with colleagues from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences, facilitated by tutors with many years of experience in delivering online education.

Special features

  • The opportunity to combine the study of the social world, environment and economics, with the study of crime and its control
  • This degree is delivered by tutors with years of experience of teaching at a distance, and can be studied from home, full or part-time to suit your circumstances.
  • Geography graduates are among the least likely to be unemployed, with more than 90 per cent in work or further study within six months of graduating (Times Higher Education 2017).

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grades BBC or above or
  • 2 A levels at grades BC or above
  • At least 2 should be from the list of required subjects
  • Additional qualifications and experiences will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry

  • HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit, will be considered for direct entry to year two

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to human geography
  • Overview of energy use
  • Understanding the social world
  • Introduction to criminological theory

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities subjects.

 

 

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules:

  • Atmosphere, weather and climate
  • Introduction to geographical information systems
  • History of crime and punishment
  • Practical research and analysis skills

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities subjects. 

 

 

Year 3 - BA

You will usually study the following modules:

  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of development
  • Climate change

You will also choose three of the following modules:

  • Sustainable tourism and the environment OR Advanced social research methods
  • Psychology of criminal justice OR Strange cases: crime literature and the construction of crime
  • Gender, crime and justice OR Understanding violence and crime in sport

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in either Geography or Criminology. 

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

Geography modules may include:

  • Contemporary planning
  • Sustainable agriculture systems
  • Sustainable energy and waste minimisation

Criminology modules may include:

  • Cultural criminology
  • Globalisation of crime
  • Restorative justice
  • The darker side of the internet

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. As this course was designed using our blended learning approach it will be delivered through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. Further information will be provided by your home campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ up to 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

 

Study Mode2021-22
Full-time (6 x 20 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time
Full-time Year 1 CertHE £9,000
Full-time Year 2 DipHE £9,000
Full-time Year 3 Degree £9,000
Full-time Year 4 Honours free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

This course is not currently available for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Study Mode2021-22
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,060

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

 

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

If you wish to attend an optional residential weekend, or to join other field trips, contributions will be required towards the overall costs incurred. The cost will vary depending on the event, your location and the amount of other funding available towards the event (for example, HISA contributions to the Student Society Residential weekend may reduce costs for individual students). Attendance at these face to face events is optional and not essential for completion of the course.  

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this BA (Hons) Geography and Criminology course, you might like to consider careers in: 

  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development and planning departments of local authorities 
  • Renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management roles 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • Tourism 
  • Agriculture 
  • Further postgraduate study or research 
  • Teaching 
  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development departments of local authorities 
  • Community enterprises and community energy groups 
  • Community land initiatives 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • Voluntary sector development posts
  • International non-governmental organisations
  • Detective, police officer, prison officer, probation officer
  • Social worker, youth worker, 
  • Police and prison services, court services, security services

Apply for Geography and Criminology BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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