BSc Criminology & Security Studies

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What are the causes of crime? How can crime be prevented? Do prisons work? What are the alternatives? Is sentencing fair? These are some of the cutting-edge questions we consider on our course.

Start Date

September entry


4 years

Entry requirements

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This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the criminal justice sector, in professions such as policing, community safety.

Our degree programme aims to equip you with a critical perspective on a wide variety of phenomena associated with crime, victimisation, punishment and criminal justice, with a focus on its causes and the various means by which society and social groups attempt to deal with it.

The practical focus of the course is designed to enhance your job prospects. The Law element aims to provide you with an understanding of practical legal skills and knowledge, such as of dispute resolution, written and oral advocacy, negotiation and client interviewing and counselling, useful in most careers.


You will study the following modules:

Year 1 Units

First Semester


Language Studies I (French)

Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Law Enforcement

Introduction to Criminology I

People and Culture of Nigeria

Use of English I

Second Semester

Health Awareness Education

Introduction to Criminalities

Computer Applications I

Use of English II

Logic, Philosophy and Human Existence

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Year 2 Units

First Semester

Case Studies in Police Service I

Entrepreneurial Studies I


Police/ Community Relations

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Nigerian Criminal Procedure and Evidence I

Second Semester

Law Enforcement Administration

Case Studies in Police Service II

Introduction to Counselling and Corrections

Nigerian Criminal Procedure and Evidence II

Citizenship Education

Year 3 Units

First Semester

Sociology of Crime and Delinquency

Entrepreneurial Studies II

Internship in Criminology

Research Method in Criminal Justice

Media and the Courts

Community-Based Corrections

Second Semester

Police Organization and Administration

Contemporary Legal Policy Issues II

Individual Directed Study

Criminal Investigation

Year 4 Units

First Semester

The Role of the Public Defender in Criminal Justice


Institutional, Industrial and Commercial Security

Traffic and Road Safety and Security

Traditional and Informal Mechanisms of Crime Control

Emergency, Riot and Disaster Control & Management

Contemporary Criminology Issues

The Law of Evidence

Second Semester

Management of a Private Security Organization

Research Project

Remote Sensing and GIS

Crime Prevention

Studying Criminology at Nile University provides the opportunity to examine many aspects of a diverse subject, in a way that is engaging and creates a hunger to know more.


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:


* Must have at least 5 O’level credits, including English, in no more than 2 sittings.

** For complete requirements, please check the 2019/2020 Jamb Brochure.

  • Direct Entry: Available

  • UTME Subjects: any three Arts or Social Science subjects

  • O’ Level Subjects: any four Arts or Social Science subjects

How will I be taught?

The course is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth.

Career support

A Criminology and Security Studies degree can provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and security and crime prevention.

Further Study

  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Management
  • MBA Executive Master of Business Admin
  • MPhil Management
  • PGD Management
  • PhD Management
  • PGD Economics
  • MSc Economics
  • PhD Economics

Fees and Finance

In 2019/20 the full-time tuition fee undergraduate students on this course will be N2,400,000 (this is the total fee for the programme).  

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance please see link Fees and Finance

Sectoral Advisory Board

The Sectoral Advisory Board (SAB) was formed with the goal of creating a bridge between industry (private/public and national/international institutions) and academics considering the latest requirements of the industry and incorporating necessary components in the curriculum regarding overall development of the department.

Main Objectives of the SAB:

1- Development of 

a) Curriculum of the department 
b) Syllabus of the courses in the department
c) Institutional relationships

2- Increase the potential of

a) Internship
b) Scholarship 
c) Sponsorship

Roles and Responsibilities of the SAB:  
The roles and responsibilities of SAB are as follows:
The SAB develops and recommends new or revised programme goals and objectives.
The Sectoral of "X" Advisory Board advises the department head on matters related to undergraduate, postgraduate, research and outreach programs, including but not limited to curricula, accreditation, new programs, recruitment of students and faculty, and investment of resources. 


Structure of the SAB:

The SAB is composed of members from eminent institutions as well as members from industry and members of faculty of the department. The chairman of the Board is the head of the department.
The Board meets twice per academic year.

Members of the SAB:
The current members of the Sectoral Advisory Board are:

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