This programme has been designed to bring together the methodological, academic and practical skills essential to enhance your professional development and career opportunities. You engage with various crime related professionals, agencies and organisations where you are able to develop your knowledge and understanding of various occupations, opportunities and requirements for recruitment. You gain a thorough grounding in criminological and social theories and methods, and an understanding of wide-ranging topics including crime and punishment; crime and the media; policing; crimes against humanity; miscarriages of justice; gender and crime; organised crime; and cybercrime. You also acquire skills of gathering data using quantitative and qualitative methods, synthesising and interpreting evidence and assembling arguments, presenting evidence and formulating findings and conclusions. In the first academic year, you gain an awareness of the key principles and concepts underpinning the study of crime. You explore the central theories and methodologies encountered within the social sciences and within criminology, and gain an understanding of key ideas underlying social policy and the criminal justice system. In the second academic year, you develop your understanding of criminological and social theory and explore a range of topics addressing significant and current themes from youth to violent crime. You also develop your ability to approach research in criminology. In the final academic year, you broaden your knowledge of topics in the field and put into practice your independent research skills by specialising in a topic of your own choice in completing your final year project. You also have the opportunity to become a member of The British Society of Criminology, which has been in existence for 50 years, and is the society for criminologists, both academic and professional, within the United Kingdom.