Course overviewCriminology BSc (Hons) course overview
Studying alongside our research-active academics, you’ll learn about crime, policing, victims, media representations of crime, youth crime and more. You’ll also understand how criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to social issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy.
Our London location puts you at the heart of UK justice, with access to key criminal justice institutions such as the Central Criminal Court (the ‘old Bailey’), three police forces and numerous prisons.
- Develop methodological expertise to analyse crime and justice data, and engage with key criminal justice policy debates
- Build your studies around your interests, with our wide choice of elective modules
- Learn from academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field
- Boost your employability with an optional work placement year
- Develop highly sought-after data literacy and quantitative skills, thanks to our strong links with City’s Q-Step Centre
- Opt onto a Q-Step quantitative methods pathway: benefit from a heightened focus on data skills, a workplace Data Placement in Year 2, and an optional international work placement.
A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Criminology at City is that the degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists.
During your three year Criminology BSc degree, you will develop a nuanced understanding of crime and criminality, alongside strong data literacy skills. In year 2 you will have the option to take the Quantitative Method pathway.
Study core modules designed to provide a firm foundation in criminology, sociology and statistics, preparing you for future research activity.
Introduction to Criminology (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to key issues, perspectives, and debates in criminology, and focuses on ‘structural’ approaches to understanding crime and criminal justice.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (15 credits)
Numbers are everywhere: in the media, in political and policy debate, in advertising and in social research. This module helps you develop a critical approach to statistical claims and the analysis of quantitative data.
Producing Social Data (15 credits)
This module provides an introductory overview of the processes involved in the production and collation of large scale data sets. The focus will be mainly be on social surveys although other sources of large scale data will also be discussed.
Criminal Justice (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to key perspectives, policies and practices in criminal justice. You will examine different theories and models of criminal justice and explore how these theories shape the state’s reaction to criminal offending and victimisation.
Sociology in Action (15 credits)
The module provides an introduction to some of the main areas of research and debate in contemporary sociology. A wide range of contemporary topics are explored, including class, ethnicity, race and racism, crime, sexuality, identity, work, family, sport, education and social change.
Researching Society: Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
This module introduces you to qualitative research methods in the social sciences and is a core module designed to prepare you with the basic research skills to conduct research in sociology, criminology and media studies.
Contemporary Criminological Controversies (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to contemporary debates in criminology and their global, technological and personal implications. We will explore how these phenomena arise and are sustained as well the responses of those tasked with the administration of the Criminal Justice System.
Academic and Professional Practice (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the key skills required for a successful academic career and enables you to see how this will fit with your longer-term life-goals. The first term focuses on academic practice and the second on professional practice.
Deepen your understanding of the subject with core modules covering data analysis and topics relating to crime and justice. Complement this with three electives modules from a wide selection. In year 2 You will have the option to take the Quantitative Method pathway.
Violence (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of the key issues and current debates in criminology and criminal justice such as criminological perspectives on violence and criminal justice policy, violence control, politicisation crime and the future of violence, criminal justice and social control.
Gender and Crime (15 credits)
This module enables you to understand feminist and gendered perspectives on criminology and criminal justice. For example, women’s and men’s differential contact with the criminal justice system and the processes leading to, and the consequences of, discriminatory practices.
Key Issues in Criminology (15 credits)
This module covers a) key issues and debates in criminology and criminal justice b) criminological perspectives on crime, social order and the criminal justice system c) current thinking on criminal behaviour and crime control and d) alternative forms of crime and social control.
Penology (15 credits)
This module introduces key sociological perspectives on punishment in modern society. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the sociology of punishment, and some of the moral, economic, cultural, political and social factors that shape punishment in modern society.
Victimology (15 credits)
The aim of the course is to allow you to develop an in depth understanding of criminal victimisation, and some of the economic, cultural, psychological, political and social factors that shape both the phenomenon and the response to it.
Social Action Project (15 credits)
This module a) provides an introduction to principles of social action research, active citizenship and applied learning b) an understanding of the transferability of sociological learning c) enhances employability through supporting you to undertake practical activities and group work in the community.
Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (15 credits)
This module develops your understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis. It enables you to apply appropriate statistical methods to data analysis on a criminology topic of your choice and present your results in a meaningful way.
Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data (15 credits)
This module will equip you with the skills to employ qualitative methods in your dissertation. It allows you to deepen your understanding of various qualitative methods, how to apply these and their limitations to a substantive area of your choice.
Gender and Society (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of some of the main social processes that shape gender relations in contemporary societies. We describe and assess major accounts of the processes of becoming 'men' and 'women.'
Sociology of Race and Racism (15 credits)
This module introduces you to sociological research and scholarship on race and racism. We will outline and critically evaluate the emergence of modern ideas about race and racism, and explore processes that have shaped racism in Britain.
Work Placement (15 credits)
This module offers you a tailored opportunity to work towards future employment in a sector of your choice. It enables you to build on skills and knowledge gained on your degree course as well as transferable skills from past work or activities
Quantitative Data Placement (15 credits)
Visualising Society (15 credits)
This module helps you develop a visual approach to using data in social science. It makes sense of research in cognitive science, computer science and the geo-sciences and developing practice in design.
Draw on the research expertise in the department to study current issues at the cutting edge of current thinking. Complete a dissertation to showcase your skills and interests.
Sociology Project (45 credits)
This module is designed to expand and compound your knowledge of research methods and sociological theories and support you in the delivery of your third year project.
Crime, Culture and the City (15 credits)
This module introduces you to advances in research on urban crime and culture. We will consider 150 years of relevant scholarship as well as cutting-edge developments in research and theory that illuminate contemporary debates and controversies.
Property and Crime (15 credits)
The majority of crime results from the illegal acquisition of property. This module examines the various offence types that fall within this significant category, including: burglary, shoplifting, fraud, robbery, and vandalism as well as the varied motivations for these crimes.
Policing (15 credits)
This module explores the shifts that are taking place in policing and security. From role and function, to the socio- criminological context within which contemporary policing happens, to operational methodologies and the issues that will define the future of policing.
Criminal Behaviour (15 credits)
This module develops an understanding of a) why and how human behaviour is criminalised b) types of criminal behaviour and the processes through which people become defined as criminals c) different methods of controlling criminal behaviour and the future forms of such behaviour.
Youth Crime (15 credits)
This module introduces the origins and development of youth justice, enables you to discuss and analyse youth and childhood within a sociological and criminological context, develops your understanding of youth crime and introduces you to emergent and contemporary issues in youth crime.
Global Migration Processes (15 credits)
This module introduces you to a key sociological and global phenomenon. Its aim is to allow you to develop a global and in depth understanding of migration processes.
Applied Multivariate Analysis (15 credits)
This module introduces you to some commonly used techniques of multivariate data analysis from simple arithmetical procedures to more complex model-based approaches. We will discuss the choices that have to be taken at every step of data processing, and their implications.
Education, Skills and the Job Market (15 credits)
This module introduces the sociology of work and education and explores the relationship between higher education and work. It examines the role of education in society and how educational experiences, skills, knowledge and credentials relate to the labour market and the work process.
Poverty: What counts? (15 credits)
This module introduces the conceptualisation of poverty in the UK, how to critically evaluate different approaches to the quantitative measurement of poverty and the practical measurement of such approaches using SPSS, the social surveys most commonly used to measure poverty in the UK
Broken Britain? Culture, Employment and Society (15 credits)
This course reviews some key features of ‘social breakdown’ discussed in political and policy campaigns. Using current evidence from sociological research in both the UK and abroad it allows us to determine whether Britain is indeed broken.
Celebrity and Society (15 credits)
The module will provide you with a discussion of the historical roots of celebrity. It will situate the position of celebrities in relation to the socio-economic conditions in society.
Culture, Racisms and Resistance (15 credits)
This module will explore contemporary debates on racisms and resistance with a particular focus on how their dynamics are played out through the realm of culture. You will learn about and be encouraged to critically evaluate key theoretical and policy debates around race, racisms, resistance and culture.
Changing Ideas about Society in the 21st Century (15 credits)
This module aims to deepen your understanding of the role of sociology in the contemporary era, notably with regard to its capacity to generate crucial insights into both the constitution and the development of society in the current age.
Political Communication (15 credits)
The course introduces you to the role of political communication in the political process, examining various aspects of government information policy and the relation between government, the media and the public.
Interrogating Consumer Culture (15 credits)
This module explores how consumer culture shapes the character of contemporary life. It examines a variety of ways of comprehending the significance of consumer culture: for example, as ritualised exchange, commodity fetish, identity performance and/or environmental problem.
Global Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
In relation to displacement and forced migration this module enables you to a) think critically about policy and operational practice b) analyse different conceptual approaches c) understand responses such as humanitarian assistance, repatriation and resettlement d) appreciate the role of the international community.
The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace (requires either IP2024 or IP2025) (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to how national decision-makers and diplomats have pursued war and peace since the early twentieth century with the aim of applying theory to illuminate key historical cases.
Justice, Law and History (30 credits)
Justice, Law and History
Criminal Justice (15 credits)
This module aims to a) help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice process b) examine the application of criminal justice policy and c) provide you with an understanding of what the human sciences can tell us about the law.
Judgement and Decision-Making (15 credits)
This module a) provides you with an understanding of psychological research in the field of judgment and decision making b) develops your ability to reflect critically upon different psychological theories c) introduces you to approaches to judgment and decision making from other areas of cognitive science
Organisational Psychology (15 credits)
This module explores ways in which managers and employees manage motivation, behaviour and development and places individual and organisational behaviour in the broader context of social, economic and political forces.
Introduction to Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides you with an overview of the field of clinical psychology, therapy, and the different specialities in which Clinical Psychologists work.
International Marketing of Culture (15 credits)
In this module you will examine established and developing global and digital markets for culture as a means of learning about how cultural products, cultural workers, cultural artefacts and cultural brands are marketed in physical and digital forms.
Work and Workers (15 credits)
This module considers the ways in which work and our understandings of it are changing. It will allow you to reflect on your own experiences of work, while introducing you to key sociological arguments and theoretical developments.
Criminal Justice in Crisis (15 credits)
This module focuses on emerging developments and key areas of ‘crises’ in the criminal justice policy field. It will enable you to evaluate research on, and critically discuss, key issues in the politics of crime control in both their historical and contemporary contexts.
Leisure, the Body and Deviance (15 credits)
The aims of the module are to address knowledge and seek an understanding of the body in the contexts of leisure and deviance with particular reference to violence, drugs, risk, pain and injury.
Global Media Industries (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the discipline of international communication and aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the global media industries.
Digital cultures (15 credits)
This module explores the roles new communication technologies— in particular digital media, social media, and the Internet—play in the transformation of cultural, economic, political, and social structures and practices.
Micro-Placement (15 credits)
The micro-placement module is an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of London-based employers. The programme aims to give you real-life exposure to the business environment and enhance your employability skills.
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.
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Teaching and assessment
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.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/ 23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
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You will develop expertise in crime and criminality that is relevant to a variety of professions concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction, including:
- the police
- the prison service
- offender management
- youth justice
- community safety.
This degree is part of City Q-Step, a centre of excellence devoted to developing your data literacy and quantitative methods skills. These skills are highly sought-after in a range of careers.
Your degree also includes options from other departments, including law, psychology, politics, media, culture and society, which increase employability in a range of fields upon graduation.
How to apply
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You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
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When to apply
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