Taught by world-class tutors in a department driven by innovative research, you will develop a critical understanding of criminology in this all-encompassing degree.
BSc (single honours)
BSc (combined honours)
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
4 years (full-time) if opting for Foundation Year entry
M910 (if choosing Foundation Year)
Degree with Foundation Year
We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.
For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.
When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.
General entry requirements:
Ranked sixth in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Work with lecturers with vast experience of the criminal justice system, who have worked as expert advisers, policymakers, researchers and campaigners.
Develop your practical skills by conducting research, visiting criminal justice locations across London, and engaging in placements to help with your career.
We are ranked 3rd in London for criminology (Guardian University Guide 2021).
Course and Module Details
What is justice? Who defines criminal behaviour? And how can we reduce harm in society?
As a criminology student at the University of Roehampton, you will be able to explore these fascinating questions, drawing from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law.
Criminologists study crime, the criminal justice system and society’s response to the impact of criminal behaviour. On this exciting degree, you will study contemporary problems relating to crime prevention, criminalisation and social control.
During your time at Roehampton, you will develop a critical understanding of how the criminal justice system operates and the debates surrounding the relationship between punishment, rehabilitation and crime prevention.
Tackling both problems and solutions relating to harmful behaviours in society, we offer a wide range of stimulating modules that will build your knowledge over the three years you are with us. You will be introduced to the multitude of ways to think about and analyse crime, and be able to specialise in areas such as the regulation, control and punishment of young people in society, or mass incarceration, war crimes, terrorism and anti-terrorism.
Our BSc Criminology is all-encompassing, and further areas of study include punishment and prisons, gang culture, the criminal justice system and legislation, serial killers, and human trafficking. As a Roehampton graduate, you will become an independent, critical thinker, with the skills to analyse official and popular conceptions of crime.
You will build your knowledge by exploring the ways crime theory can be applied to the study of criminal justice and contemporary issues relating to crime control.
A range of diverse, optional modules will be available to you so that you can specialise in interests identified in your first year, including but not limited to the crimes of the powerful, media representations of crime, and criminal justice and domestic violence.
You will carry out an independent research project or dissertation based on your own interests and fieldwork, supervised by one of our expert teaching staff. You will also focus on the construction of social research and subsequent analysis of results, providing you with an excellent grasp of indispensable skills in criminology and the social sciences and the skills required to challenge current key ethical, political and moral questions about crime and justice.
You will be taught by world-class tutors in a department driven by innovative research. Our staff are experts in their field, with substantial experience of working with offenders and prisoners, including cases involving domestic violence, child abuse and youth crime. They are dedicated to providing you with the support and springboard you need to thrive as a graduate of criminology.
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.
Why take a placement?
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
How we support you
The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.
We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.
Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.
Here are some examples of modules that we are currently offering:
Becoming A Criminologist
Theories, Concepts and Ideas
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Professional Practice in Criminal Justice
Policing and Criminal Investigation
Adventures in Criminological Research
Youth Crime and Justice
Difference and Diversity
Policing and Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence
Media Representations of Crime
Crimes of the Powerful
Security and Terrorism
Drug Use and Policy
Prisons and Penal Policy
Transnational Crime and Policing
Victims of Crime
Placement Learning in Criminal Justice
Crime Culture and the City
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
This course is offered as a degree with foundation year - a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.
The following modules form the foundation year of this degree.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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January 2022 intake
Students on this course are normally in on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
The skills you develop will equip you for a successful career in many fields. Official figures show that Roehampton criminology students earn more on average than students from any other modern university in London (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2017 results; earnings one year after graduation).
Studying criminology opens the door to working in many different areas that shape society. You could secure work in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice or the wider criminal justice system, as well as being equipped to pursue a career in the legal profession.
Equally, many criminology graduates work in the charity sector or for campaigning organisations focusing on advocacy or criminal justice reform. As a social scientist, your ability to dissect, analyse and research crime, its causes and its potential solutions, will be highly valuable to employers.
Our dedicated careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews and meet and learn from successful Roehampton graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
We are still accepting applications for our courses for September 2022 and have vacancies. Contact us if you have any questions, or apply using the links above.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
I have been at Roehampton permanently since September 2018!Read More
Demetris HadjigeorgiouSenior Lecturer, Criminology
I have previously taught at the University of West London; Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU); London South Bank University; and City University. At Roehampton, I was previously programme convener of the BSc. Criminology, and MA Global Criminology. I was formerly the programme director of the Applied Criminology programme at CCCU. am currently the External Examiner for a number of Criminology programmes at Staffordshire University. I have been at Roehampton permanently since September 2018. I was also a Visiting Lecturer here in 2013-14. I am interested in all aspects of Criminology, but have a special interest at the intersection of popular culture, politics, and criminology.
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Diego CancianiSenior Lecturer, Criminology
Hi, my name is Diego and I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. I joined the Criminology team at the University of Roehampton in 2015, when I fell in love with the university’s campus. Seeing students grow academically and professionally is the most rewarding part of my job. I also enjoy participating in academic activities organised both by colleagues and students. The modules I enjoy teaching the most are Crimes of the Powerful, Professional Practice modules and Cybercrime. I developed an interest in crimes of the powerful during my PhD, which compared the policies used in England and Italy to police powerful criminals. My current research interests are policing regulatory crimes, such as health and safety and environmental, and have lately developed an interest in researching cybercrimes.
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Maayan GevaLecturer, Criminology
I’m Maayan and I convene “Criminological Imagination” and “International Criminal Justice”. I'm excited about both these modules as they allow us to critically explore a host of pressing issues, from the lasting impacts of colonialism to terrorism and the ongoing struggles for rights around the globe. I specialise in socio-legal studies and the laws of war. I am interested in the role of law in society and the relationship between law and justice. I have written, among other topics, about how armies work with law and about the pitfalls of human rights litigation.
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