Learn from an experienced team with extensive criminal justice experience and equip yourself for a career analysing and responding to crime.
BSc (single 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
M915 (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 our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Work with lecturers with vast experience of the criminal justice system, who have worked as expert advisors, policymakers, researchers and campaigners.
We are ranked 3rd in London for criminology (Guardian University Guide 2021).
Through close links with local, national and international criminal justice agencies, you will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the sector.
Course and Module Details
New for the 2022 academic year, our BSc Criminology and Policing degree will allow you to explore the criminal justice system and the wider context of policing, while developing a strong understanding of how the justice system operates.
You will be taught by leading scholars in a Faculty driven by innovative research. Our team has extensive criminal justice experience, and what you will be taught is directly informed by research and consultancy work acting as advisors to the Government, Home Office, Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service. This degree will focus on developing you as a professional, equipping you with the skills and qualities you need for a career in the field of criminology.
You will first be introduced to the key perspectives in criminology and supported to question and debate challenges within the criminal justice system through shared modules with our BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice course. As you progress, you will develop your ability to apply your knowledge through a range of authentic assessments – which could include digital campaigns and community engagement projects.
In your second and third years, you will be able to choose from a range of diverse, optional modules so that you can specialise in interests identified in your first year, including victim support, manging conflict situations, the handling of intelligence, interviewing victims and conducting investigations.
You will be introduced to historical and contemporary theories of race, gender, ethnicity, religion and immigration, as well as the ongoing criminological debates surrounding the experiences of discriminated individuals within the justice system, and how over criminalisation amplifies social inequalities.
The course is designed to mould you into a well-rounded criminologist, meaning that you will also be able to develop your knowledge in areas such as the crimes of the powerful, media representations of crime, cybercrime, drug policy and family criminology.
A central feature of this programme is real-world engagement. Through connections with criminal justice agencies, you could study within a prison in the module ‘Prisons and Penal Policy’ alongside serving prisoners while engaging with community agencies, prisons and the police service. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with experts in the sector and gain valuable work experience in an optional placement year between second and third year.
You will graduate 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, justice and policing.
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 the modules we are currently offering:
Becoming A Criminologist
Theories, Concepts and Ideas
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Professional Practice in Criminal Justice
Adventures in Criminological Research
Evidence Based Policing
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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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 or Ministry of Justice.
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.
Please note that this programme is not a pre-join degree for the police service, however, the degree will allow students to apply for the accelerated Degree Holders Entry Programme.
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.
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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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