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 transnational 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 a placement-based course



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 transnational 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.

Among the range of courses offered, the programme includes the opportunity to be selected, separately, for the:

  • 'Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice' course in which students study a criminology course in a prison, alongside serving prisoners;

and the:

  • 'Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice' - a work-placement course which involves students volunteering in an agency that is either part of or complementary to the Criminal Justice System (typically, full-time, students on this course attend their work placement one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks the course runs in).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For September 2018 entry, 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 subject related closely to criminology) and Scottish and Irish Highers.

You will also require GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). We will NOT accept other UK qualifications in place of GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths.

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.

Direct Entry: We will consider applications for direct entry to Year 2 of our BA Hons Criminology programme from those currently studying on Year 1 (i.e. Level 4) of a criminology undergraduate degree programme at a UK or EU university (or at an equivalent level at a recognised overseas university) PROVIDED the Level 4 content of the programme being studied is the same as the Level 4 content of our BA Hons Criminology programme. 

Where we consider a suitable match between an applicant's current degree programme and our BA Hons Criminology programme AND where we are then able to offer, we require applicants to complete and pass, at their first attempt, 120 CATS credits at Level 4 with an overall year grade of an upper second class (i.e. 2:1) classification (i.e. a minimum of 60%).

Please note that we do NOT take any direct entrants into Year 3 of any of our criminology programmes.

Extra information


The programme employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and seminars are dynamic and interactive. Activities may include role play, real-world problem solving, speed debates, presentations, project supervision, work-based placements and tutorials and, where possible and depending on the courses studied, one field trip or more (please note that any field trip will be a daytime trip only, not an overnight or multi-day trip).

Assessment of learning is usually based on a mixture of examination 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.

To ensure we deliver the best learning experience for our students, the structure and delivery of courses may change to reflect knowledge and industry standards. Course options illustrated here may not be available to all students and may not run every year.

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