Study Criminology at Roehampton

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On our BSc in Criminology, you can be part of an exciting degree where you will explore fascinating questions such as: What is justice? Who defines criminal behaviour? And, how can we reduce harm in society? We are ranked in the top six universities in London for Criminology. (Guardian University Guide 2018).

We also offer a LLB (Hons) in Law and Criminology where you will learn about law in the context of everyday life and apply your learning to criminological issues. 

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Study modern problems in Criminology Learn from world-class tutors Prepare for your career
  • Study modern problems relating to crime prevention, criminalisation, and social control.
  • You will be taught by world-class tutors who have substantial experience working with offenders and prisoners and cases involving domestic violence, child abuse and youth crime.
  • Visit criminal justice locations in the global city of London.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system and the relationship between punishments and crime prevention.
  • We are ranked best university in London for Criminology. (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • You will undertake your own criminological study and research. Students have the opportunity to take a module called ‘Understanding Justice’ to visit a London prison for lectures gaining invaluable experience in the field.
  • Learn how to effectively use theory and evidence to solve problems, how to design research projects and ways to challenge current key ethical, political, and moral questions about crime and justice.
  • This course can be combined with BSc Psychology or BSc Sociology.
  • 90% of Roehampton Criminology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2017 results).


'I came to the University of Roehampton to gain a better understanding of how the criminal justice system worked. When I was working as prisoner custody officer I had questions that I wanted to find answers to and by setting up the Criminology Society, it enables all of us to ask questions and possibly find better solutions'


How our tutors are making a big impact in drama

Our enthusiastic and academic staff are at the forefront of new developments in the field of Social Sciences. Passion for social justice and real life experience informs their teaching. Examples of some of their research:

  • Professor John Lea, world leading criminologist, joins Department of Social Sciences
  • Dr John Kerr interviewed by the BBC about a 1950’s art crime
  • Dr Amanda Holt interviewed by the BBC in a debate about criminal responsibility of children
  • Professor Aisha K. Gill awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 

Career Options:

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. Graduates from this course are also equipped to pursue a career in the legal profession.



Our Department of Social Sciences is based at Digby Stuart College and you will have access to modern teaching spaces and computer laboratories. You will have the opportunity to study in Roehampton’s new £35 million library which has specially designed study spaces and extensive resources and research materials.

Our Campus

University of Roehampton is a collegiate university, where a group of historic colleges have been brought together to create a beautiful 54-acre parkland campus, with classic listed buildings alongside modern, cutting-edge facilities. Located in south west London, you will be based just thirty minutes from Central London giving you the best of both worlds. Our campus helps us provide a close-knit community feel for our students, who each belong to one of the four colleges. By being part of a college, whether you live on campus or not, you’ll experience a real sense of community and benefit from the support available.

Roehampton Students' Union

When you come to the University of Roehampton, you’ll automatically become a member of Roehampton Students' Union (RSU), one of the best and most active students’ unions in the country. We aim to ensure you make the very best of your time at Roehampton; to ensure you have an unforgettable experience we provide a range of help, advice, support, events, activities and entertainment.

Sport at Roehampton

Sport Roehampton provides a range of social and competitive sport and physical activity opportunities for our students. Whether you are experienced in a particular sport or want to try something new, we offer everything from badminton to yoga, athletics to martial arts and cheerleading to volleyball.

We will guarantee you on-campus accommodation for your first year, if you make Roehampton your firm choice on your UCAS form, satisfy the eligibility criteria and meet the deadline.

The University offers a range of on-campus accommodation; all rooms are ensuite, semi ensuite or furnished with a wash basin. Fees include internet access, utility bills and contents insurance.

For more information, or to view the accommodation options please click here.