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, multi-disciplinary and often controversial field of study. It is concerned with the causes, prevalence and consequences of crime, deviance and control. Criminologists explore crime trends over time and place and evaluate different societal and judicial responses to crime, criminals and victims. Criminologists also explore the criminal justice system (including prisons, victim support, courts, intervention and rehabilitation work and policing) and examine how historical and cultural contexts shape the meaning of crime and our responses to it.
Criminology at Roehampton draws on a range of academic disciplines: particularly sociology, psychology and law, but also history, cultural and media studies, politics and anthropology. The course is designed to create independent critical thinkers who have the skills and knowledge to analyse official and popular conceptions of what constitutes ‘crime’, and who constitute ‘criminals’ and ‘victims’.
Our programme is designed to help students become effective criminologists by developing knowledge and gaining transferable skills such as thinking critically, writing effectively using theory and evidence, managing time efficiently, solving problems and working effectively both independently and in groups. During the course, our students learn how to perform presentations, design and carry out research projects and reflect on contemporary key ethical, political and moral questions that concern crime and justice.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for motivated, hardworking, critical and creative 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.
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.
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 Criminology modules cover topics such as Race and Criminal Justice; Youth Crime and Justice; Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence.
Students are given the choice from a range of module options that helps them to tailor their degree to their own interests. There is an opportunity to carry out an independent research project in an area of particular interest. Criminology module options include Gender, Violence and Human Rights; Prisons and Punishment; Crime, Culture and the City; Children, Psychology and Criminal Justice; Crimes of the Powerful; Transnational Policing; Drug Use and Policy and Placement Learning in Criminology.
In years two and three, options are also available from Sociology and Psychology course teams, including Global Justice, Security and Society; Media in Contemporary Society; Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights; International Human Rights and Criminal Law and Criminal and Forensic Psychology.
All of the criminologists who teach 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. As part of the Criminal Justice Research Group, our criminologists are currently engaged in the following research activities:
- Dr. Natasha Du Rose – Research interests include crime and governance, drug misuse and policy. Natasha has recently completed a book titled Governance of Female Drug Users: Women Drug Users' Experiences of Policy (Policy Press, 2015).
- Dr. Finola Farrant – Research interests include penology, desistance, gender and identity, and life story methodologies. Finola is currently working on a book about the life stories of prisoners (Palgrave MacMillan).
- Dr. Aisha K. Gill – Research interests include health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Iraq Kurdistan and India. Aisha is currently working on sexual violence and exploitation in South Asian communities and finalizing a co-authored manuscript titled ‘Honour’-based violence: Experiences and Counter Strategies in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK Kurdish Diaspora (Ashgate, 2015).
- Dr. Amanda Holt – Research interests include youth justice, family violence and qualitative methodologies. Amanda is currently working on a research project about parricide and is editing a book about intervention work with adolescent violence (Routledge).
- Dr. John Kerr – Research interests include art crime, global policing, risk and cultural criminology. John is currently working on a book about the securitization and policing of art theft (Ashgate, 2015)
- Victims of crime.
- Youth Justice.
- Punishment and Prisons.
The study of Criminology will be of use to a wide range of careers, both within and outside the criminal justice system. Careers within the criminal justice system include crime analysis, prison and probation services, policing, work in the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, rehabilitation and community justice, the legal profession and victim and witness support.