Criminology (extended degree)

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  • We are ranked best university in London for criminology (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • Work with lecturers with vast experience of the criminal justice system, who have worked as expert advisers, policymakers, researchers and campaigners.
  • Gain a strong foundation in key elements required for studying Criminology BSc at degree level.
  • Develop your practical skills by conducting research, visiting criminal justice locations across London, and engaging in placements to help with your career.
  • 90% of Roehampton criminology graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2017 results).
  • Ranked sixth in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Roehampton is in the top 20 universities in the UK for graduate earnings in criminology (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2017 results; earnings one year after graduation).


Study criminology at the 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 Criminology extended degree programmes include 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 your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with subject specific knowledge as a basis for success in your following three years.

Criminology draws from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law. On this exciting degree, you will study contemporary problems relating to crime prevention, criminalisation 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 how the criminal justice system operates, 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. 

We offer stimulating modules that will build your knowledge over the three years you are with us. Recent examples include Becoming a Criminologist, which introduces you to the different ways to think about and analyse crime; Youth Crime and Justice, which provides an insight into the regulation, control and punishment of young people in society; and Contemporary Issues in Criminology, which examines issues in criminology and social control, including mass incarceration, war crimes, and terrorism and anti-terrorism. 

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).

How you will learn 

You will be taught by world-class tutors, with substantial experience of working with offenders and prisoners, including cases involving domestic violence, child abuse and youth crime.  

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

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

You will learn how to use theory and evidence to solve problems, design your own research projects, and come up with ways to challenge current key ethical, political and moral questions about crime and justice.

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.

Year one 

  • Develop a strong foundation in criminology.  
  • Learn about the different theories relating to crime, examine the history of the criminal justice system and undertake your own criminological study and research.  
  • Develop your skills in research, writing and presentation by drawing on the expertise of our teaching community, who will provide constructive feedback on your progress. 

 Year two 

  • 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.  
  • Specialist 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. 

 Year three 

  • Choose from flexible module options to tailor your degree to your own interests. 
  • Carry out an independent research project in a diverse range of areas.  
  • 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 some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
An Invitation to Sociology
Approaches in Sociology and Criminology
An Invitation to the Social Sciences

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Becoming a Criminologist
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Understanding Criminology
Criminology: Theories, Concepts and Ideas

Required modules
Investigating Criminology
Society and Justice

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Adventures in Criminological Research
Criminological Imagination
Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Optional Modules
Crimes of the Powerful
Difference and Diversity
Media Representations of Crime
Policing and Criminal Justice
Professional Practice in Criminal Justice
Youth Crime and Deviance
Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence
Contemporary Urban Life
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
Living in a Mobile World: Migration, Diversity and Transnationalism

Year 3

Optional Modules
Gender, Violence and Human Rights
Placement Learning in Criminology
Drug Use and Policy
Illegal Economies
Punishment and Prisons
Family Criminology
Understanding Justice
Victims of Crime
Crime, Culture and the City
International Human Rights and Criminal Law
Global Disorder

Research modules
Doing Social Research
Independent Study: Special Ethnographic Project
Independent Study: Dissertation

Cross-listed modules
Criminal and Forensic Psychology
Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
Global Justice, Security and Society


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.

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. You will also be equipped to pursue a career in the legal profession. 

Our 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 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. 

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.