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  • You will be taught by lecturers with real-world experience of the criminal justice system and who have worked as expert advisers, policymakers, researchers and campaigners.
  • You will 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.
  • We are ranked best university in London for Criminology (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • 90% of Roehampton Criminology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2017 results).
  • We are ranked 6th 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? How can we reduce harm in society?

Criminology draws from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law. On this Criminology 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 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 legislation; 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, and 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. 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).

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:

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 Imprisonment
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 Security, Justice 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 up a range of opportunities to work in areas that shape society, such as the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and in the wider criminal justice system. Graduates from this course are also equipped to pursue a career in the legal profession.

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.