Criminology and policing

Here at London Met, our criminology and policing courses have developed an international reputation for innovative and critical thinking. Our criminology and policing courses focus on three major strands: teaching and supporting student learning, research, publication and the application of criminology and policing to real-world issues.

You will be taught by engaged academics as well as experienced practitioners with extensive experience in policing and probation. 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.

Our expert staff have worked with the City of London Police to evaluate the police force's use of body-worn cameras, the changing nature of probation and police response to domestic violence.

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What our students say

"The lecturers have been friendly and helpful, and the boundaries between student and teacher are just not there – the lecturers are really approachable and we have great working relationships."
Mafalda Guerra

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More about our criminology and policing courses

Criminology comes from the Latin crīmen, meaning "accusation". Despite its name originating in the ancient world, criminology is very much a modern career choice. Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behaviour and works in parallel with policing. Both areas look at the individual, social and wider levels of how crime can be managed, controlled and prevented. 

At London Met we offer a range of criminology and policing courses that can be studied in tandem with other subjects such as psychology, international security, law and sociology. This highly topical and vital field of study is taught by former police officers, police staff and internationally renowned academics. 

In choosing to study criminology and policing at London Met, you will get to choose from an array of exciting modules ranging from measuring and interpreting crime, youth, crime and violence to terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Be part of a diverse student community

The diversity of our students is one of London Met's strengths, enhancing the knowledge and experience of our students and staff. Our student community is broad and ranges from serving police officers to reformed criminals, demonstrating how the University is succeeding in its mission to transform lives through excellent education.

We have worked overseas on special projects, in places such as Abu Dhabi, China and Turkey. Our teaching centres on providing you with core criminological and study skills, which will enable you to progress both in employment and in 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.

Industry and workplace links

We maintain strong relationships with industrial and workplace partner organisations as well as professional bodies and public service organisations that make the most of our location in London. Many of our courses are also endorsed and accredited by professional bodies like the College of Policing.  

Many career paths to choose from

Our graduates have gone on to work in the police and probation service and within the criminal justice system more generally, including careers as police analysts and those required for policing in schools and local neighbourhoods. Our graduates have become police officers, criminal lawyers and teachers. Others have gone on to successful careers in the diplomatic service, working in organisations such as the European Union and United Nations.

Our employability record

Employability is at the heart of what we do. Here at London Met we are immensely proud of our employability record, with 96.7% of our graduates either in work or engaged in further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016–17, released July 2018).