Department of Criminology and Security Studies

Faculty of Arts, Social & Management Sciences

The Department offers one (1) Academic Programme viz:


The philosophy underlying the B.Sc. Criminology and Security Studies programme is to produce a crop of graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge to make their contribution to the growth and development of Nigeria, Africa and the global community having been exposed to knowledge in the field of Social sciences in general, and in the various sub-fields of Criminology and Security Studies in particular.

Aims and Objectives of the Department

The aims and objectives of a degree in Criminology and Security Studies is to:

  • Instil in students a sound knowledge of Criminology and Security Studies, an appreciation of its applications in different socio-cultural contexts and to involve the students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experiences of learning and studying.
  • Provide students with broad and well-balanced theories and methods of the discipline.
  • Cultivate in students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills of the course to the understanding and solution of societal problems in Nigeria and elsewhere.
  • Provide students with relevant knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in special areas of Criminology and Security Studies or multi-disciplinary areas involving Criminology and Security Studies.
  • Producing students with the requisite skills to compare the crime situation in various contexts such as urban and rural settings as well as between various countries.
  • Instil in students an appreciation of the importance of Criminology and Security Studies in contemporary world affairs.
  • Develop in students a range of useful competencies for employment whether public, private or self-employment.

The University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Entry Mode

Candidates who wish to study Criminology and Security Studies must have obtained a credit in Mathematics and English language plus credit pass in either economics, geography or science and other two subjects at the SSCE, NECO, GCE or their equivalent in not more than two sittings.

Direct Entry Mode

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the SSCE, NECO, GCE or equivalents of which at least two shall be at advanced level, or four credit passes of which at least three shall be at advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. For emphasis, credit passes in English, Mathematics and any of Economics, Geography or Government is compulsory.

Job Opportunities

As a criminology graduate with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills, would be attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. Criminology is a dynamic field of study that prepares students for a variety of jobs at all levels of government and in the private sector.

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