The Department offers both undergraduate (BSS in Criminology) and post-graduate programs (Masters in Criminology, MPhil and PhD) designed to equip candidates for careers in areas including criminology and criminal justice. Our programs will enable you to develop and acquire sophisticated skills in academic research and analysis in criminology that expands one’s thinking and understanding.
Bachelor of Social Science in Criminology:
The BSS (Hons.) Program shall be of four years duration including 8 (eight) semesters. Each semester shall be of 19 weeks, of which
• 15 weeks will be for class teaching
• 1 week break for preparation, and
• 3 weeks for holding the semester final examinations.
The program shall include teaching of 43 course units for a total of 4150 marks, which will be translated into 161 credit hours. The total credit hours shall be evaluated on the basis of 4150 total marks, of which 3800 marks shall be for 38 taught course units, 100 marks for field research/project/internship, and 250 marks for written and oral comprehensive examination. Department may be allowed a choice in respect of distributing marks between written and oral comprehensive examination.
Each full unit course shall be of 100 marks and half unit course shall be of 50 marks.
Since the credit hours are counted on the basis of lecture class/contact hours per week, number of lecture classes /contact hours shall be determined according to the credits assigned to each course unit.
• For a 4 credit course unit, there shall be two lecture classes of 90 minutes each and one 60 minutes discussion class/tutorial class/lab work/group presentation/class test every week.
• For a 2 credit course unit, there shall be one lecture class of 60 minutes each and 60 minutes discussion class/tutorial class/lab work/group presentation/class test every week.
In the course structure for the BSS (Hon.s) degree program , in each semester, there shall be
• A total of 4150 marks for full 43 unit courses, of which 3800 marks shall be for 38 full unit taught courses, 100 marks for field research /project work/ internship, and 250 marks for written and oral comprehensive examination.
• 5 courses with 100 marks each, resulting in 20 (Sixteen) earned credits per semester, i.e., there shall be 5 courses with 4 credits assigned to each course. There could also be courses with 2 credit hours for 50 marks, but altogether there must be earned 20 credits per semester. The credit hours to be assigned to the courses shall be the choice of the individual department, depending on the course objectives, content and activities related to a course.
3 taught courses for 300 marks (4 credit hours assigned to each course), 100 marks for field research/ project work/ internship (4 credit hours) and 100 marks for written and oral examinations with 2 credit hours against it, in the 8th (eighth) semester.
Masters in Criminology:
The Masters program in Criminology is one year which is divided into three trimesters offering 52 credits translated into 12 course units for a total of 1200 marks. Non-thesis students are required to take 1200 marks for 12 full units taught courses while the thesis students are required to take 10 courses for 1000 marks and a mandatory thesis of 200 marks.
Each trimester consists of 14 weeks of which 12 weeks for class teaching, 1 week for preparatory break and one for holding the trimester final examination. The total number of class lectures per week depends on basis of credit hours assigned to each course. A 4 credit course unit includes two lecture classes of 2 hours each per week.