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Why study at Roehampton

  • You will work and collaborate with a community of lecturers at Roehampton with real world experience in the criminal justice system, who have experience working as expert advisors, policy makers, researchers and campaigners.
  • Tailor your degree by choosing from our range of engaging modules specialising in areas that interest you.
  • Develop practical skills to help you pursue a successful career.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Guardian University Guide 2016).

Criminology is the study of the science behind criminal behaviour. In this course, you will study exciting, controversial and topical issues in society. You’ll understand the different ways in which we can counteract crime, including prevention and punishment, and how to measure the effectiveness of these responses. You will be exposed to new concepts that will challenge your perceptions about people’s motivations for committing crime.

More details

Drawing from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and law, you will become an independent, critical thinker with the skills to analyse official and popular conceptions of crime. You’ll discover how to effectively use theory and evidence to solve problems and design and produce research projects that reflect on current key ethical, political, and moral questions about crime and justice.

The skills you will develop on this course will equip you for a successful career in a wide range of occupations. The official survey of our graduates shows that nine out of ten of our students are in work or further study six months after completing their studies (DLHE 2013/14).

Year-by-year summary

First year

You’ll gain a strong foundation to the subject by taking modules on the theories of crime, the historical and contemporary study of the criminal justice system, and criminological study and research. You will develop your skills in research, writing, and presentation by drawing upon the expertise of our leading academic staff, who will provide you with constructive feedback on your progress  throughout the year.

Second year

Build upon your knowledge by exploring the ways that theories of crime can be applied in the study of criminal justice and contemporary issues in crime control. Specialist Criminology modules have recently covered topics as varied as Race and Criminal Justice; Youth Crime and Justice; Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence.

Third year

Choose from a flexible range of module options that enables you to tailor your degree to your own interests. There is an opportunity to carry out an independent research project in a diverse range of areas. Criminology module options have recently included 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. Recent examples have included 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.

What our students say

Felicity Last - Criminology

"My course has allowed me to research my areas of interest such as criminology, crime and justice. This helped me to decide my future career path - Law."

Felicity Last, BA combined honors Criminology and Psychology

Example modules

  • Victims of crime
  • Punishment and Prisons.
  • Children, Psychology and Criminal Justice

Career options

Graduates from this course are equipped to pursue a career in the legal profession. It opens up a range of opportunities to work in areas that shape society such as in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and in the wider criminal justice system, such as in crime analysis.

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 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Psychology [MC98] »

Sociology [ML93] »

Related courses

Sociology »

MA PGDip PGCert Human Rights »

MA or PGDip or PGCert Human Rights and International Relations »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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