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    1. 2017
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BSc (Hons) |
BSc (Hons) in Criminology explores the complex and interconnected issues of crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £14,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

The degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to understand why crime and criminal justice have become defining issues for contemporary society and attained such a prominent position in popular culture.

The course develops students' appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to socio-legal transformations, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis of London.


The BSc (Hons) Criminology degree draws on the expertise of academics experienced in investigating a variety of topics including: crime, policing, victims, media representations of crime and youth crime.

The course considers how:

  • Crime is defined
  • How criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to social issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy
  • Why crime and justice have become defining issues for contemporary society.

Why study Criminology at City?

  • This course is delivered by academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field
  • This course is part of the City Q-Step Centre programme
  • You will develop a range of technical, communication and interpersonal skills which increase graduate employability. These include: critical thinking, scientific data analysis, policy report writing, multi-media presentation skills and teamwork.
  • Our central London location and proximity to key criminal justice institutions - including the Central Criminal Court (the 'Old Bailey'), three police services (London Metropolitan, City of London and British Transport), and numerous prisons - facilitates our distinctive approach to the applied study of crime and criminal justice.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

UK entry

'A' Level
  • Typically 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ. This is equivalent to 128 UCAS tariff points. Other qualification combinations achieving 128 UCAS tariff points will be considered. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • 'A' Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.
  • A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics is required.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • 32 points (no specific subjects required)
Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade 5 (B) in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Other UK qualifications
  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)


We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make to you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved.

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry. Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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City is ranked 14th in the UK for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2017

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

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3rd year Sociology student Lucy talks about studying at City University London.


You have the opportunity to undertake a work placement between the second and third years.

If you opt onto a Q-Step pathway you will do a workplace Data Placement in Year 2 and have the opportunity to do an international placement between Year 2 and 3.

Study abroad

A wide range of international study exchange opportunities are available and students who choose to study abroad enjoy many added benefits. Exchanges vary in duration from 3 to 12 months. In particular, the Erasmus programme enables you to study in Europe for a semester or a full year:

Academic facilities

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The degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of national excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists.

All students on this course have the opportunity to apply to a specialist pathway (BSc (Hons) Criminology with Quantitative Methods) at the end of their first year.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

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Teaching and learning

We teach Criminology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical computer lab workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system. Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small-group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.

For the third year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


Year 1

In the first year you will develop a 'criminological imagination', as you are introduced to the different theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.

Core modules include:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Research@City Sociology
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Producing social data
  • Researching society.

Elective modules include:

  • History and theory of psychology
  • Media, history and politics
  • Contemporary issues in media studies
  • Language module, available languages: Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish.

Year 2

In the second year you will develop your 'criminological expertise'.

Core modules include:

  • Violence
  • Key issues in criminology
  • Penology.

Elective modules include:

  • Visualising society
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Culture and society
  • Understanding social change
  • Qualiatative social research
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Security studies: conceptual approaches
  • Religion and politics in the age of global change
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology.

Year 3

Year 3 modules will allow you to study current issues that draw upon the research excellence of our department. The availability of modules is subject to some change in line with changing staff research profiles. Year 3 modules currently include:

Core modules:

  • Criminology dissertation
  • Crime and media
  • Policing
  • Victimology
  • Youth crime

Elective modules:

  • Celebrity and society
  • Applied multivariate data analysis
  • Topics in advanced quantitative social research
  • Media laws and ethics
  • Islamic law
  • Violence in global politics
  • Broken Britain
  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Emotions, identities and relationships
  • Abnormal and clinical psychology.

Career prospects

This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse crime and justice data, and the analytical capability to identify and engage with key criminal justice policy debates.

You will develop specific skills relevant to a variety of professions concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction, including:

  • The police
  • Prisons
  • Offender management
  • Youth justice
  • Community safety.

A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Criminology is that the degree includes options from other departments that focus on law, psychology, politics, media, culture and society which increase employability in a range of fields upon graduation.

The BSc (Hons) Criminology is part of City Q-Step, a centre of excellence devoted to developing your data literacy and quantatitive methods skills - something increasingly prized across workplaces.

90% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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