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BSc (Hons)

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About Criminology at City, University of London

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

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 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 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 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

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

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.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City 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 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 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 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.

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.

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 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

13% written, 0% practical, 87% coursework

Year 2

13% written, 0% practical, 87% coursework

Year 3

34% written, 0% practical, 66% coursework.

Assessment weightings by year

Type%Year 110Year 230Year 360Year 3

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


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:

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

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
  • Classical social theory
  • Exploring London
  • Myths and mysteries in world politics
  • International relations theories
  • The making of the modern world economy
  • Introduction to political economy
  • Politics and power in world history
  • Emerging powers/emerging issues
  • Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Lifespan psychology.

Year 2

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

Core modules include:

  • Violence
  • Key issues in Criminology
  • Penology
  • Doing sociology: quantitative methods
  • Gender, crime and justice.

Elective modules include:

You can then choose up to three from the following:

  • Understanding social change
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Culture and society
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Visualising society
  • Transnational social movements
  • Religion and politics in the age of global change
  • Security studies: contemporary and emerging Issues
  • Political scandals and the British media
  • Reporting conflict
  • Social psychology
  • 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 (Sociology Project)
  • Policing
  • Youth crime.

Elective modules:

You can then choose one from the following:

  • Media, law and ethics
  • Criminal justice
  • Islamic law
  • Justice, law and history
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Organisational psychology
  • Abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Emotions, identities and relationships
  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Celebrity and society
  • Food, culture and sport
  • Forced displacement
  • The theory and practice of conflict and peace.

Download the relevant programme specification

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 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning, 0% placement

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesGBP 2000 per year
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14790 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £14,790 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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.

Student views

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.

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

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.

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