Taught course

Criminology (Contemporary Drug Issues)

Teesside University · Criminology

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good second-class honours degree in a relevant field. However, those who have relevant professional qualifications and/or relevant experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This academic programme has been designed to develop professional practice in complex contexts and promote advanced vocational capabilities based upon DANOS (Drugs and National Occupational Standards) criteria.

You explore a range of issues and debates arising from contemporary patterns of drug use in the UK (such as heroin use, the normalisation of recreational drugs and the relationship between drug use and crime). You also examine critically national and international drug strategies.

How you learn
The programme is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and within computer laboratories. It is student led and at times you conduct presentations within small groups. In addition to the formal contact time, there are opportunities to discuss your work in individual tutorials.

How you are assessed
The programme is primarily assessed through essays and coursework. There is also some case study work, SPSS exercises and presentations. The programme concludes with a 20,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities
Opportunities include working with drug agencies, such as Addictive Behaviour Services, and working in related fields such as the criminal justice system. This programme is also ideal if you're interested in an academic career in either research or teaching.

Information for international students

For further information please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For information on funding please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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