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:
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 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.
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 of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.
City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.
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:
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 of 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is:
Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
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 or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City’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.
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.
* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £9,250 for each year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed.
** In 2020/21 the fee was £15,390 for the first year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.
Criminology at City, University of London
3rd year Criminology student Robyn talks about studying at City, University of 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.
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: www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.
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.
We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.
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.
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:
Students on a Quantitative Methods pathway will, alongside their substantive modules, study quantitative analysis of social research data, data visualisation, comparative survey analysis and advanced quantitative methods. All pathway students will undertake a graded research placement in a partner institution and will have the opportunity to apply for an international placement in the summer between their second and third years of study. Find out more about Q-Step here.
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.
In the second year you will develop your 'criminological expertise'.
You can then choose up to three from the following:
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:
You can then choose one from the following:
*Please note: To take "The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace" you need to have passed either "Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches" or "Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues" in Year 2.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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:
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:
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.