If you have an enquiring mind and are interested in why that particular serial killer committed those crimes, then studying this degree will develop your understanding of the social and personal aspects of crime. The course goes that little bit further by including criminal justice and examining how and why offenders should be punished. The subject is developing rapidly as new areas of study open up for criminological investigation. You will explore issues concerning how crime is defined and managed in our society and will have the opportunity to specialise so that you can tailor your degree depending on the career path you are interested in eg policing, the prison service or social work. Graduates follow careers in areas such as the police, the probation service, prisons and branches of the Home Office such as the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Students might also consider community development work, local government administration and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with positions in victim support and women’s refuges etc. Graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams. Two thirds of our students will follow career paths connected with their degree.