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Undergraduate courses


Why study at Roehampton

  • Lecturers have practical knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system as expert advisors, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and campaigners.
  • You are provided with an excellent foundation for your learning in the first year of studies and can pursue more specialist study as your degree progresses.
  • This course combines academic rigour with practical application. A degree in Criminology develops a range of skills that are beneficial for future employment prospects.

Criminology is an exciting and often controversial discipline, which explores the causes, prevalence and consequences of crime, deviance and control. Explore current trends and the different responses to crime, such as prevention and punishment and their effectiveness. Criminology at Roehampton draws on a range of other disciplines, particularly sociology, psychology and law. We create independent critical thinkers who have the skills and knowledge to analyse official and popular conceptions of what constitutes crime.

Criminology can be seen as the way in which common sense notions about crime and disorder are challenged and a broader understanding of these issues developed. The criminology programme at the University is designed around you ‘becoming a Criminologist’ which means developing knowledge and gaining transferable skills. These include; how to think critically, write well, organise your time, solve problems, and work in a group. You will also learn to do presentations, design and carry out a research project and reflect on contemporary ethical, political and moral issues.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated, hardworking, critical and creative undergraduate students who want to do an inspiring degree which we hope will lead you into meaningful and satisfying careers that will enable you to make a real impact on the world.

The Criminology team seek to ensure that the student experience is at the centre of what we do. The students that come to us are lively and interested. They engage with the world around them and they care about social inequalities. They question themselves about their own attitudes and assumptions, and are keen to learn from the experiences of a diverse body of students.

Year-by-year summary

First year

Modules provide an introduction to theories of crime, the historical and contemporary study of the criminal justice system, and criminological study and research. To help you develop your skills in research and writing, we provide continuous assessment and sustained feedback throughout this year.

Second year

Core modules build on themes from the first year, exploring the ways that theories of crime can be applied in the study of crime and criminal justice and contemporary issues in crime control. Specialist modules cover topics such as race and criminal justice, youth crime and justice, victims of crime and drug use and policy.

Third year

You can choose from a range of module options and there is an opportunity to carry out an independent research dissertation in an area that interests you. Options include Gender, Violence and Human Rights; Prisons and Punishment; Crime, Culture and the City; Service Learning (includes placements).


All of the criminologists at the University are actively engaged in research. This is embedded within our teaching and our expertise reflected in the modules that we offer. At the last research assessment exercise in 2008, 95% of research publications in the department were rated of national or international standing. Recent examples of staff research activity:

  • Natasha Du Rose – The Governance of Female Drug Users, Policy Press (forthcoming book)
  • Finola Farrant - Currently researching life stories of prisoners.
  • Aisha Gill – Forced Marriage: Introducing a Social Justice and Human Rights Perspective (2011), co-edited with S. Anitha, Zed Books.

Example modules

  • Victims of crime.
  • Youth Justice.
  • Punishment and Prisons.

Career options

Careers can include; crime analyst, prison and probation services, the police, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the legal profession.

UCAS code




BSc Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

280 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Social Sciences »


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Sociology [ML93] »

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MA/PGDip/PGCert Human Rights and International Relations »

Further information

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