Criminology is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging subjects offered at university. It draws on several academic disciplines - psychology, sociology, social policy, law and even biology - to investigate some of the most pressing social problems of our time: what are the causes of crime and what should we do about it? Why are some forms of misconduct defined as crime and others not? How best can we support victims of crime? All criminology undergraduates at Swansea are members of a thriving and inclusive academic community where the interests of students (both pastoral and academic) are given the highest priority. All teaching is conducted within a relaxed and supportive environment with a clear emphasis on the skills necessary to succeed in the world of employment. The Department of Criminology offers its students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding across a range of key criminological and criminal justice topics. There is also an emphasis on providing personal development opportunities for students across the programme, including group working, formal presentations and seminar discussions, which develop skills such as team working, peer learning, formalized presentation abilities, report writing, independent research, critical evaluation and use of ICT. Through the Department, opportunities are also available for students to participate in work placement schemes, and to undertake research internships: both of which are valuable additions to any students' curriculum vitae, and which further provide opportunities for learning and personal development. Previous graduates have found employment in criminal justice system agencies; substance misuse services; social work; Government; social care agencies; teaching; and in specialist third sector positions. The Department has a strong record too of its graduates engaging in postgraduate study, both at taught masters and at doctoral levels.