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Criminology and Sociology - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Leading academics and current probation workers will help you gain the knowledge you need to understand the social challenges of crime and its effect on the lives of victims and perpetrators. Work placement opportunities are available to you throughout your three-year degree to give you the real life experience of working in the field. Once complete, you'll be ready for a career in the criminal justice system, the police, third sector organisations and more. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

In the National Student Survey 2017 this course scored an impressive 100% overall student satisfaction.

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With the London Met Criminology and Sociology BSc course, you’ll be ready to question the social meaning of crime and help the individuals affected by it.

Explore the relationship between crime, race, gender, wealth and society to build the skills you need to undertake effective social and criminological research. Contemporary examples and case studies make you aware of the latest challenges faced by society and the innovative ways to deal with them.

London Metropolitan University’s criminology and sociology lecturers have the professional experience, expert insight and leading published works to help you progress through your course. Substantial student support and access to staff is guaranteed so that you can focus on your studies and get all your academic questions answered.

Course highlights include field work opportunities in mentoring, charity and third sector placements as well as a final year dissertation where you can create a unique piece of research in the field that interests you most, helping you to stand out when awarded your degree.


You're assessed by essays, seen and unseen examinations, research projects and a final dissertation, all designed to ensure you have the thorough academic background for the criminology and sociology career of your choice.

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

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or 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.

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
  • Researching Crime and Deviance
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Social Problems and Social Issues

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Self and Society
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime
  • Crime in Context
  • Racism and Ethnicity
  • Perspectives on Policing
  • Global Social Divisions
  • Crime, Media and Technology
  • Environmental Policy
  • Youth, Crime and Violence
  • Extension of Knowledge

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Criminology and Sociology Project
  • Sociology Project
  • Crime Control and Penology
  • Living Theory
  • Justice, Punishment and Social Control
  • Serious and Serial Offenders
  • The Criminology of Pleasure
  • Criminological Research Practice
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Human Rights and Conflict
  • Political Sociology

“Lecturers are always willing to talk and give advice about work, even out of office hours. They are so passionate about their subject, it helps me to learn and write essays confidently. Overall, the support I received from the lecturers has made me confident in my subject and hopeful for a bright future in my chosen career. I feel equipped to leave this year and go out in the real world.”

National Student Survey

"The lecturers are always there to help. I love the fact that the lecturers have practical and professional experience in the field that they are teaching us."

National Student Survey

Successful completion of this course offers you improved career opportunities in the criminal justice system, the National Probation Service, the police and the fields of social work and research. Our graduates have secured roles as probation officers, senior detective constables and assistant researcher criminologists, working for organisations like the the Finnish Police, the London Community Rehabilitation Company and the University of Edinburgh.

The programme is also excellent preparation if you want to pursue further study or research, at university or with a specialist body. Through postgraduate study at London Met you can gain further links with police forces, benefiting from the strong culture of research in units like our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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