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Hi, I'm currently in the process of applying to University however I'm having trouble differentiating between courses and universities since I have not been able to visit any open days. I would like to go to one of the Russell Groups but they all especially look very similar too.I have no idea what uni I want to go to., does anyone have any suggestions??
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Hi, I'm currently in the process of applying to University however I'm having trouble differentiating between courses and universities since I have not been able to visit any open days. I would like to go to one of the Russell Groups but they all especially look very similar too.I have no idea what uni I want to go to., does anyone have any suggestions??
Hi jh1123,

I think it your position, I would probably make an excel document containing the universities which you might wish to apply to. The Guardians ranking of universities for criminology can be found here (https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...y-league-table).

I would also recommend considering whether it is pure Criminology which you wish to study, although we are not a Russell Group university, the range of courses offered at Hull can be found below.

Criminology
Explore the diverse factors that cause crime with our pioneering BA Criminology degree.

Criminology and Sociology
Through this combination of subjects, you'll explore the diverse social, cultural, economic and political factors which can cause crime.

Criminology with Forensic Science
Explore the laboratory and field techniques of the forensic scientist alongside the causes and solutions to crime on this fascinating degree.

Criminology with Law
Combining criminology with law, you'll focus on the connection between crime and criminal justice while gaining a sound understanding of the legal system.

Criminology with Psychology
Alongside gaining a thorough understanding of crime and criminal justice, you'll also explore human behaviour, performance and decision making.

Law with Criminology
Complete a qualifying law degree while also developing an understanding of aspects of criminology and criminal justice.

Professional Policing
This hands-on degree will give you the knowledge and skills to become a police officer.

Psychology with Criminology
Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this degree combines the interrelated disciplines of psychology and criminology.



It may also be worth considering the opportunities offered at the various universities, for example, if there is the opportunity to do a placement to gain hands on experience. I would also recommend going to a Virtual Open Day and speaking to the students and/or lecturers about why they chose to study where they do.

If you were interested in any of the offerings available at Hull or wanted a students perspective of what it is like to study a Criminology Degree then our ambassador Gabrielle can be contacted here.

Best of luck,
Millie
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I’m doing a criminology degree at one of the Russell Group University. I think it’s a good idea to do your research on the modules and graduate prospect as I tends to look at these when i’m applying, each uni offers different course content and degree (BA and BSc) so it really depends on what you want. But personally I would look for Russell Group ones because of the names and links they could offer
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Try and get into a RG uni, tbh criminology isn’t a good degree
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Try and get into a RG uni, tbh criminology isn’t a good degree
Why don't you think it's a good degree? I've had offers from Nottingham, Bristol and Loughborough
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Hi, I'm currently in the process of applying to University however I'm having trouble differentiating between courses and universities since I have not been able to visit any open days. I would like to go to one of the Russell Groups but they all especially look very similar too.I have no idea what uni I want to go to., does anyone have any suggestions??
Hi jh1123!

Criminology is an amazing degree to do and would highly recommend it. I graduated my own degree in Sociology with criminology last year. Unfortunately a lot of people (something I myself have experienced) will put you down when you study a social science. I have often heard jokes about not being able to be employed afterwards, however this is almost entirely a myth. Social sciences provide you with not only the expertise in certain areas but also critical skills that you can take on into other areas. For example some Criminology graduates have gone onto postgraduate and phd levels in specific areas including diversity, terrorism, politics, religion etc. Others have gone on to work in social care, police forces, prisons etc. While others have taken the skills that they have learned like critical thinking and knowledge about diversity and equality into roles such as human resources. Ultimately, criminology and other social sciences are wide and vital areas of study and try not to let people put you off by saying it won't take you anywhere.

As for Russell groups, it can really vary. My advice would be unless your considering Oxbridge choose where you want to go based on the course that is available. I wanted to attend a RG however after an open day event and learning about the course I decided York St John University was the right choice for me and it remains one of the best decisions of my life and I'm now doing my MA here too. If you're desperate to attend one then defiantly look into the courses that are available for example would you prefer a course that is all course work based? Or would you like to do exams? What modules are interesting to you? Also consider if you connect with the university? The lectures? Online open days while they are obviously limited, can often provide you with an opportunity to talk directly to lectures. These are all really important to consider. However, sometimes it can be beneficial to look around and consider non RG unis as they are just as good.

I wish you all there best with you university journey and with criminology!
All the best,
Cat, York St John University Student Ambassador
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