Why study at Roehampton

  • You will be taught by lecturers with real world experience of the criminal justice system, and who have worked as expert advisors, policy makers, researchers and campaigners.
  • We are ranked best university in London for Criminology (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • 90% Roehampton Ciminology graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2017 results).
  • We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Roehampton Criminology students earn more on average than students from any other modern university in London (Earnings one year after graduation; Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2017 results).
  • Develop practical skills by conducting research, visiting criminal justice locations in the global city of London and engaging in a wide range of volunteer or work placements to help you pursue a successful career.
  • Roehampton is in the top 20 universities in the UK for graduate earning in Criminology (Earnings one year after graduation, Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2017 results).

Study Criminology at University of Roehampton to explore fascinating questions such as: What is justice? Who defines criminal behaviour? And, how can we reduce harm in society?

The BSc Criminology extended degree programme includes a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Criminology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

Criminology draws from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law. On this course you will study contemporary problems relating to the crime prevention, criminalization and social control.

Criminologists study crime, the criminal justice system and society’s response to the impact of criminal behaviour. You will develop a critical understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system and the relationship between punishments and crime prevention. Criminologists also analyse challenging problems relating to harmful behaviours in society and assess a range of solutions.

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. Areas of study include punishment and prisons, gang culture, the criminal justice system and legislations, serial killers and human trafficking.

We offer stimulating modules that will build your knowledge over three years of study. Recent examples have included ‘Becoming a Criminologist’ which will introduce you to the different ways to think about and analyse crime, ‘Youth Crime and Justice’ which will provide an insight into the regulation, control and punishment of young people in society, and ‘Contemporary Issues in Criminology’ which will examine issues in criminology and social control and touches on issues such as mass incarceration, war crimes, terrorism and anti-terrorism.

You will become an independent, critical thinker with the skills to analyse official and popular conceptions of crime. You will 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.

The skills you will develop on this course will equip you for a successful career in a wide range of occupations. 

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Social Sciences which is essential for success in your degree.

In year one, you will develop a strong foundation in Criminology. You will learn about the different theories relating to crime, examine the history of the criminal justice system, and undertake your own criminological study and research. You will develop your skills in research, writing, and presentation by drawing upon the expertise of our teaching community, who will provide constructive feedback on your progress throughout the year.

In year two, you will build your knowledge by exploring the ways crime theory 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.

In your final year, you will choose from a flexible range of module options 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.

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

English Academic Skills 1
English Academic Skills 2
Mathematical Functional Skills Essentials
Approaches in Sociology and Criminology

Year 1

Criminology: an Introduction
Becoming a Criminologist
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Understanding Criminology
Introduction to Criminological Research Methods
Understanding Social Change

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Research Methods in Criminology
Criminology Theory
Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Optional Modules
Victims of Crime
Crimes of the Powerful
Race and Criminal Justice
Youth Crime and Justice
Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence
Contemporary Debates in Policing
Placement Learning in Criminology
Crime and Punishment in England 1750-1900
Contemporary Urban Life
Sociological Research Methods
Media in Contemporary Society
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
Sociological Theory

Year 3

Optional Modules
Research Project
Criminology Dissertation
Punishment and Prisons
Gender, Violence & Human Rights
Placement Learning in Criminology
Drug Use and Policy
Family Criminology
Illegal Economies
Crime, Culture & the City
The Biology and Psychology of Alcohol Misuse
Criminal and Forensic Psychology
Sociology of Death
Understanding Globalisation
International Human Rights and Criminal Law
Problems in Social Theory
Global Justice, Security and Society
Organising Work
Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
Independant Study: Special Ethnographic Project


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

What our students say

"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

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.

*In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. 

UCAS code




BSc Single Honours

BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

64 points

General entry requirements »


Social Sciences


4 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2018; UK/EU)»

£13,520 (2018; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

Key Information Set

Key Information Set

Sociology Extended Degree »