Study at City
  1. Courses
  2. Applying
  3. Fees and funding
  4. Living in London
  5. Visit us
  6. Student support
  7. International students
  8. Order a prospectus
  9. Ask a student
  1. Undergraduate and foundation
  2. 2020
Study at City

BSc (Hons) Criminology

|
Entry Year:
The BSc (Hons) Criminology explores the complex and interconnected issues of crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates

Duration

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

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 *

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,390 **

UCAS code

4T82

Application period

From September 2019

Until 15th January 2020

Campus

Northampton Square

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.

Objectives

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 meaning you can undertake a Quantitative Methods pathway in your final two years of study
  • 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 BBB. This is equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points. Other qualification combinations achieving 120 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 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.

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

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

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

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.

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 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:

  • 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 international@city.ac.uk.

International Qualification

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information, please contact ugadmissions@city.ac.uk.

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 51 in each component.

English language programmes

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.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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.

www.ucas.com

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.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2020 should arrive at UCAS between September 2019 and 15th January 2020. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2020 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.

Enquiries

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

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
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

Website: www.ucas.com
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.

City Q-Step Centre
“developing students' research techniques and employability”
Choice
Large range of elective modules
Focus
on applied study of Crime and Criminal justice
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.

** In 2020/21 the fee is £15,390 for the first year of study. 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.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

Criminology at City, University of London

3rd year Criminology student Robyn talks about studying at City, University of London.

Placements

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: www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.

Academic facilities

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

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.

Accommodation

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.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

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

Find out how to apply

Timetables

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.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

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.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

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.

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:

Year 1

Written examination: 13% Coursework: 87%

Year 2

Written examination: 13% Coursework: 87%

Year 3

Written examination: 34% Coursework: 66%

Assessment weightings by year

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

Modules

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.

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:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Contemporary Criminological Controversies
  • Producing Social Data
  • Research@City Sociology
  • Sociology in Action
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Researching society: qualitative methods.

Year 2

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

Core modules include:

  • Violence
  • Key issues in Criminology
  • Penology
  • Gender and crime
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (core elective)
  • Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data (core elective)

Elective modules include:

You can then choose up to three from the following:

  • Understanding social change
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Gender and Society
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Visualising society
  • Transnational social movements
  • Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
  • Humanitarian Communication
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology
  • Work Placement.

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 (Sociology Project)
  • Crime, Culture and the City (core elective)
  • Property and Crime (core elective)
  • Policing (core elective)
  • Criminal Behaviour (core elective)
  • Youth crime (core elective)

Elective modules:

You can then choose one from the following:

  • Global Migration Process
  • Celebrity and Society
  • Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • Education, Skills and the Job Market
  • Poverty: What counts?
  • Culture, Race, Difference
  • Changing Ideas about Society in the 21st Century
  • Political Communication
  • Interrogating Consumer Culture
  • Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace*
  • Justice, Law and History
  • Criminal Justice
  • Judgement and Decision-Making
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • International Marketing of Culture

*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.

Overall workload

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:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 15% Independent learning: 85%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 13% Independent learning: 87%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 10% Independent learning: 90%
  • Academic profile
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Academic profile
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology
  • Academic profile
    Portrait of Christopher Greer
    Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Criminology
  • Student profile
    The course is taught by leading researchers in the field and delves into various other subjects, including Psychology, Sociology and Politics.
    Criminology BSc (Hons)
After you graduate

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.

Criminology

UCAS code: 4T82

Application Deadline

15th January 2020


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.

www.ucas.com

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.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2020 should arrive at UCAS between September 2019 and 15th January 2020. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2020 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.

Enquiries

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

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
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

Website: www.ucas.com
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.

Contact details

Request a prospectus

Find out more about City and all our undergraduate degree programmes.

Get your prospectus