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Frequently asked questions

Why should I choose the BSc Criminology course at the University of Leicester over others?

Every module on our degree is completely different and you get a taste of many areas of criminology in your first year as well as going on to pick option modules that are unique from each other.

What societies or student groups can I join?

There are a plethora of student societies and groups that you can join! A stand-out group is the Pro Bono Miscarriages of Justice Project which is made up of a diverse group of students from various years and courses. They study the case files of offenders who are currently in custody to see if there is anything that has been missed throughout the criminal justice process which could lead to them being released.

What support will I get for assignments?

You can schedule regular meetings with your supervisor and will always be able to email them.

When do I get access to assessment materials and questions?

All of the materials and information for each assessment are put up on Blackboard – the University’s virtual learning environment – way in advance of the due date. This means that the assessment brief is available for you to view and start planning whenever you feel ready, providing you with plenty of time to query what question to do.

What is the University accommodation like?

Most first year students live in The Village: eight halls of residence, each with its own distinctive features and range of room types/prices. We also offer a range of fantastic converted properties - mostly Edwardian villas and lodges, built before the First World War. Each house is unique and each room is different, with amazing features that include wood-panelled walls and secret gardens.

The appeal of The Village halls is not just the buildings, but also the amazing amount of green space around them – including the University’s own beautiful Botanic Garden.

Our other accommodation is The City: purpose-built blocks within ten minutes’ walk of campus. These are convenient for the city centre and railway station too, as well as for facilities such as the Library and the Danielle Brown Sports Centre.

Can I study abroad?

Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.

There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.

Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.

We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.