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I am thinking of joining the police but I am not completely fixated on the idea. I find Criminology interesting - I take Sociology at A Level but think that Criminology and Psychology would be quite interesting. Although, I also enjoy Politics so I am currently deciding between Politics and Criminology (probably with psychology). So I am curious whether anyone on the Student Room has any experience or general opinions regarding Criminology and would be able to help me make my decision.
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It's a very niche academic area, but it is fairly well represented, up through to the very highest quality research institutions - LSE and Cambridge both have Criminology departments/research groups, and while they aren't the largest ones there, they do exist. Cambridge is actually introducing a Criminology specialization in their Human, Social, and Political Sciences course (which is also notable as you can study Psychology as an option in first year, and Politics and Sociology throughout, on that course).

However it's not necessary to study that in order to join the police - in fact no specific degree is required.
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(Original post by artful_lounger)
It's a very niche academic area, but it is fairly well represented, up through to the very highest quality research institutions - LSE and Cambridge both have Criminology departments/research groups, and while they aren't the largest ones there, they do exist. Cambridge is actually introducing a Criminology specialization in their Human, Social, and Political Sciences course (which is also notable as you can study Psychology as an option in first year, and Politics and Sociology throughout, on that course).

However it's not necessary to study that in order to join the police - in fact no specific degree is required.
I'm pretty sure I read something on the news earlier this year about police officer having degrees. Yeah I was also interested in criminology and psychology as a degree but I was able to do law so I did that instead. otherwise I would have been happy on the Criminology and Psychology course
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I'm pretty sure I read something on the news earlier this year about police officer having degrees. Yeah I was also interested in criminology and psychology as a degree but I was able to do law so I did that instead. otherwise I would have been happy on the Criminology and Psychology course
I meant degree subject. I'm fairly certain what you study isn't an issue, provided you have the tick box requirement of a degree in any subject fulfilled.

I also believe the degree requirement is some new piece of stupid legislation by our incompetent and failing government which will quickly be scrapped when they realise nobody wants to join the police while they're starving them of funding both for organisational initiatives as well as basic pay, and further limiting the small number who do by imposing an arbitrary requirement is just going to guarantee the complete collapse of domestic policing. So I wouldn't be too concerned on that front for OPs point of view anyway
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(Original post by artful_lounger)
I meant degree subject. I'm fairly certain what you study isn't an issue, provided you have the tick box requirement of a degree in any subject fulfilled.

I also believe the degree requirement is some new piece of stupid legislation by our incompetent and failing government which will quickly be scrapped when they realise nobody wants to join the police while they're starving them of funding both for organisational initiatives as well as basic pay, and further limiting the small number who do by imposing an arbitrary requirement is just going to guarantee the complete collapse of domestic policing. So I wouldn't be too concerned on that front for OPs point of view anyway
I'm guessing you're not a fan of that 'stupid piece of legislation' or the current government
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(Original post by Rob Mills)
I am thinking of joining the police but I am not completely fixated on the idea. I find Criminology interesting - I take Sociology at A Level but think that Criminology and Psychology would be quite interesting. Although, I also enjoy Politics so I am currently deciding between Politics and Criminology (probably with psychology). So I am curious whether anyone on the Student Room has any experience or general opinions regarding Criminology and would be able to help me make my decision.
Thank you.
Hi there,
Have you considered doing a criminal psychology single honours degree? I'm a second year undergrad studying this at the University of Derby, and I love it! Crime Psych is only offered as a combined degree in its own right within 3 unis in the UK and is completely different to a joint honors degree with the two courses. The joint honours involves learning the two subjects completely separated where you would major in one course and minor in another. With a crime psych degree, you learn the two subjects integrated and relevant to the respective areas and topics, so you won't be learning about, for example, mathematical anxiety in psychology and thinking this is not what I wanted to study! I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about criminology ( the degree i started with then transferred to crim psych 2 weeks in!) and more about the criminal psychology degree. We also offer a policing degree here at Derby if that is the route you're thinking of!
If you are local or interested we have an open day on saturday 16th, and another in october if you are thinking about 18/19 entry.
Hope I helped a bit!
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