There are three major academic themes within London Metropolitan’s criminology department:

  • critical criminology
  • policing
  • risk/security

The criminology team has developed an international reputation for innovative and critical thinking in all three disciplines. The staff team are a mixture of criminal justice practitioners and traditional academics offering a critical but grounded approach to the subject. Within all three themes, there are three major strands: teaching and supporting student learning, research and publication and the application of criminology to ‘real world' issues. We aim to excel at all three. We are confident that the contemporary nature of the course and the experienced staff base will help to provide you with a route into a wide variety of criminal justice professions, whilst studying in one of the most exciting and dynamic parts of central London.

Our students:

The diversity of our students is one of our strengths, enhancing the experience and range of knowledge of students and staff in the subject area and in the University as a whole. We offer flexible and responsive programmes to serve this student body. Our student profile is broad and ranges from serving police officers to reformed criminals. We often work overseas, in places such as Abu Dhabi, China and Turkey. Our teaching is very much centred on providing you with core criminological and study skills which will enable you to progress both in employment and further academic study. We achieve this by using a wide range of teaching methods and modes of assessment and providing pastoral as well as academic support during your degree.

Our staff:

The criminology staff base consists of engaged academics as well as experienced practitioners with long and often senior practice experience in policing and probation, who are also intimately involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Our staff are interdisciplinary researchers and have recently completed research projects on street crime, gangs in Brent, Vietnamese cannabis cultivation and high profile public protection cases. Their interests range from the theoretical, the securitisation of the state and the technologies of security to the practical, the financing of terrorism and the policing multi-ethnic communities. Current research includes the evaluation of the use of the police of body-worn cameras, the changing nature of probation, and police response to domestic violence. Our research is able to connect with many aspects of the lives and experiences of our students.

Our ultimate aim

Our ultimate aim is to provide a critical and informed criminological voice to challenge those with power. We aim to reach out to a new audience for our teaching and research and to shape the public agenda to be less punitive to those labelled criminals. On the one hand, we aim to do this by publishing world-leading research and completing locally engaged projects. On the other, we aim to educate graduates and provide them with the critical skills to challenge conventional opinion and enhance their own lives and the criminal justice systems they work and live within. At whatever level you are planning to study, the challenge starts with you, our students. We invite you to come and join us in this vital and enjoyable project.

Our courses

We have a strong undergraduate and postgraduate programme of courses and in addition, our senior researchers have considerable expertise and experience in successful supervision and external examination of PhDs here and at other universities. We also run a large Professional Doctorate programme in Policing Security and Community Safety for senior practitioners.




Centres of research associated with criminology


Short courses related to criminology