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Criminology - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

London has played a leading role in shaping the modern world's understanding of the origins of and responses to criminal behaviour. Our criminology degree will allow you to gain a wider understanding of this hotly debated political issue. Specialist areas include youth violence and gangs, organised crime, and terrorism and security.

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The Criminology BSc (Hons) course will delve into the causes and effects of crime and criminal behaviour. It covers specialist areas including youth violence and gangs, organised crime, and terrorism and security, as well as developing your understanding of criminological theories including the assumptions that underlie intervention and control. You’ll look in-depth at the Criminal Justice System, including the police, judiciary and prisons, examining the concept of justice and sentencing.

The degree will give you a strong grasp of research methods used in criminal investigations and expose you to social, political, ethical and historical aspects of criminology. Through optional modules in your second and third year, you'll begin to specialise in areas in criminology including technology and media, victims of crime, terrorism and counterterrorism, and gender and sexuality. There's also the opportunity to undertake a placement module that will give you the opportunity to enhance your learning experience and apply knowledge learned throughout the degree to real-life situations.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of policing and probation, receive the most up-to-date advice on careers and gain the qualification needed to take on roles in policing, probation, the prison service, or academic research or policy development.

We offer the following joint honours programmes:

Visit our criminology subject hub for news and events from the University.


You're assessed via essays, seen and unseen examinations, research projects and a final dissertation.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades of BBC in A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BSc (Hons).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Researching Crime and Deviance

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Crime in Context
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime
  • Perspectives on Policing
  • Crime, Media and Technology (optional)
  • Youth, Crime and Violence (optional)
  • Extension of Knowledge module (optional)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Criminology Project
  • Crime Control and Penology
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime
  • Justice, Punishment and Social Control (optional)
  • Serious and Serial Offenders (optional)
  • Victims and Crime (optional)
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (optional)
  • Criminology Work Placement (optional)

"After I graduate I would like to be a police inspector for the Met. I chose this course because it is specifically related to crime and criminal investigation. I have found it really interesting so far it is giving us a wide perspective on criminology and a good understanding of what I can expect from a career in this field. The lecturers have been friendly, helpful and approachable. In the first year, we visited Marylebone Road Magistrates Court to observe how hearings are presented and what goes on that was a really interesting assignment. I also did some mentoring at HM Prison Holloway (the women's prison), where I was finding ways to help women integrate back into society."

Mafalda Guerra.

Successful completion of this degree offers improved career opportunities within the Criminal Justice System, in particular, the police service, probation service and areas of victim support. Our graduates have become police officers, criminal lawyers and teachers.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Visit UCAS for more details.

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