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Criminology, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance and cover current concerns within the discipline
  • Cover key trans-national issues, including security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war
  • Designed to enhance your academic knowledge, develop your key skills and provide transferable skills to aid your future employment
  • Opportunity to apply for two placement-based courses



Why study this programme?

Our BA Hons Criminology degree is contemporary, global and critical. By studying criminology at the extremes - comparing street crime with large-scale state crimes - this programme demonstrates that the causes, consequences and prevention of crime operate at local, national and international levels. Core subjects explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance and cover current concerns within the discipline, including:

  • Representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film
  • Imprisonment, prisoners and human rights
  • Gender, race and discrimination
  • Policing and organised crime.

Our courses cover key trans-national issues, including security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. Over the three years of the full-time degree, you will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, criminal profiling and the Criminal Justice System in the UK. In your second year of the full-time programme, you will learn how to carry out research on crime and criminals which will equip you for a final-year dissertation research project on a criminological topic of your choice.

The degree has been designed to enhance your academic knowledge, develop your key skills and provide transferable skills to aid your future employment. Ultimately, the programme aims to provide you with a range of potential career paths. You will be encouraged to volunteer with various criminal justice agencies during your time at Greenwich.

We currently offer two placement-based modules that you might decide to study; one based in prison (which runs in the second year of the programme) and a work placement (which runs in the final year of the programme). If you are selected for the prison course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences in prison at the prison itself. If you are selected for the work placement you will work in an agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the Criminal Justice System. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

What will you study?

Full-time programme starting in September 2017:

Year 1

  • Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)
  • Understanding Deviance (30 credits)
  • Forensic Criminology (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Criminal Justice (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice Process (15 credits).

Year 2

  • Criminological Perspectives (30 credits)
  • Criminological Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Plus a total of 60 credits from:
    • Crime, Discrimination and Society (30 credits)
    • Crime and the Media (15 credits)
    • Penology (15 credits)
    • Delinquency, Psychopathy and Forensic Mental Health (15 credits)
    • The Criminologies of Disobedience (15 credits)
    • Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 credits).

Year 3

  • Crime in the City, Crime and the State (30 credits)
  • Plus a total of 90 credits from:
    • Criminology Undergraduate Dissertation Project (30 credits)
    • Policing (30 credits)
    • Perspectives on Violence (30 credits)
    • Women, Crime, Power and Justice (30 credits)
    • Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice (30 credits).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For September 2017 entry, you will need 120 UCAS points overall which should include 104 UCAS points from A2 A-Level. (Please note that A2/AS General Studies is not accepted). In terms of the A2 A-Level points, we are happy to consider points from appropriate qualifications that are equivalent to A2 A-Levels including BTECs, the International Baccalaureate, Access to Higher Education Diplomas (in a relevant subject) and Scottish and Irish Highers.

You will also require GCSEs at grade C or above in both English language and mathematics.

Please note that if you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score MUST be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

  • We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds.
  • Applications are considered based on potential.
  • You may be invited to interview.

Extra information


Assessment of learning is based on a mixture of examinations and coursework and can include presentations/group work, the submission of essays and the sitting of examinations.


Studying this programme will open up a wide range of potential career paths. Career opportunities related to criminology include the police and prison and security services, as well as the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue & Customs. Alternative career paths include social work, child protection, mental health, community safety and crime reduction, and working for the Youth Justice Board. In addition, since it develops easily transferable problem-solving, research and communication skills, the BA Hons Criminology programme provides a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.

From time to time we update our programmes, so the programme structure, mode, the courses and course structure and content can be subject to change from what is listed. The availability of option courses also varies from year to year according to student preference, staff availability and may, for some courses, also depend on a student's academic performance and/or educational background.

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Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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