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  • We are ranked 3rd in London for criminology (Guardian University Guide 2021).
  • 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.
  • 90% of Roehampton criminology graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2018 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, 2018 results; earnings one year after graduation).

Summary

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 not only learn about criminology, but also yourself as a criminologist. You will be able to use theory and evidence to solve problems, design your own research projects, and build 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.  

VIDEO: Listen to some of our students talking about why they chose Roehampton and what they're enjoying about studying criminology.

Year one 

  • In your first year, you will develop a strong foundation in criminology by learning about the different theories relating to crime and examining the history of the criminal justice system.
  • By undertaking your own criminological study and research, you will develop your skills in writing and presentation while being guided by our world-class academics, who will provide constructive feedback on your progress.
  • You will begin to understand how the quest for a more just society is pursued from different perspectives, and begin to identify key areas of interest for your later studies.

 Year two 

  • 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.
  • Throughout your second year, you will develop your confidence in undertaking social scientific research, recognising different methodologies employed by criminologists and being able to critically analyse varying approaches.

 Year three 

  • 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.
  • There is further scope to choose flexible module options, which have recently included Drug Use and Policy, Family Criminology and Global Disorder, meaning that you can individualise your degree based on not only your interests, but your career ambitions after graduating.

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Single Honours

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

Required modules
Investigating Criminology
Society and Justice

Combined Honours

Compulsory modules

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

If you are combining Criminology with Sociology, you are required to take the following modules:

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminology: Theories, Concepts and Ideas
Becoming a Sociologist 
Making Sense of Society 
Understanding Social Change
Society and Justice

Year 2

Single Honours

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

Cross-listed modules
Contemporary Urban Life
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
Living in a Mobile World: Migration, Diversity and Transnationalism

Combined Honours

Compuslory modules

Criminological Imagination
Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Optional modules

Crimes of the Powerful
Adventures in Criminological Research
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

Cross-listed modules

Contemporary Urban Life
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
Living in a Mobile World: Migration, Diversity and Transnationalism

Year 3

Single Honours

Optional Modules
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
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

Combined Honours

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.

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.

Nicola O’Keefe

I’m Nicola O'Keefe, and I am the Programme Convenor for the criminology programme. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Roehampton and remained here, working in various roles including academic support, lecturer in Social Sciences and the Business School and Head of Extended Degree Programmes. I teach across Sociology and Criminology undergraduate programmes on modules as such Becoming A Criminologist and Understanding Criminology. My research interests include sociology of education, race equality in UK education policy, Black/White attainment gaps, and widening participation in Higher Education. Currently, I am researching how an inclusive curriculum can promote identity and belonging in universities and reduce the award gap. We work alongside students as partners which has led to many university wide initiatives originating from the department including our continued commitment to decolonising the curriculum.

Dr Diego Cancian

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.

Dr Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Hi I’m Demetris and I’m a senior lecturer in criminology. I’ve been at Roehampton full time since 2018, and prior to that I’ve worked at the University of West London, Canterbury Christ Church University, London South Bank University and City University. At Roehampton, I have been programme convener of both the BSc Criminology, and MA Global Criminology. I am interested in all aspects of criminology, but have a special interest at the intersection of popular culture, politics, and criminology.

Dr Maayan Geva

Maayan Geva

Hi, I’m Maayan and I convene the Criminological Imagination and International Criminal Justice modules. I'm excited about both of them 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.

Dr Caterina Nirta

Caterina Nirta

I’m Caterina and I’m interested in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, critical theory, philosophy/sociology of time, feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, humanism, posthumanism, antihumanism, materialisms, narratives of disobedience and deviance. My research looks into the many relations between normativity and various forms of individual, social, legal, corporeal disobedience. I am currently working on a new project around time, hope and crisis

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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

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