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Course summary

Explore some of the most important debates society faces today and learn how to put them into practice in the real world. What factors can explain the recent rise in knife crime? How is climate change linked to crimes of the powerful? Are prisons the appropriate response to criminal acts? Are we all treated equally before the law? These are just some of the questions that a BSc in Criminology explores, with the option to specialise in Psychology or Law pathways too. By looking at the complex interactions between the state, the offender, the victim and society, you will think critically about how laws are made and how social structures shape both crime and crime control. You’ll engage in theoretical debates about crime and in practical problem solving and research activities, as well as have the opportunity to choose a work placement module to gain experience in situ. Set yourself up for success in a career where you’ll make a real difference everyday: including including probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work and administration. The course is also linked to the LSBU Crime and Justice Research Group that organizes a series of research seminars and public events throughout the year. You will be encouraged to attend and participate in these events to enhance your learning experience and meet with researchers, practitioners and campaigners.


Modules are Subject to Change Year 1 Semester 1 Deconstructing the Crime problem (core) Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core) Social Science in the Contemporary World: Themes, Concepts and Higher Education Skills (core) Semester 2 Issues in Crime (core) Understanding Crime: criminological theory in context (core) Social Justice in Action (core) Year 2 Semester 1 Understanding Punishment: penal theory in practice (core) Social Research Methods (core) Decolonisation and Legacies of Empire (core) Semester 2 Youth Crime and Delinquency (core) Working in the Social Sciences (core) Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Climate Crisis (optional) London: Crime and Social Exclusion (optional) Policing and Society (optional) Year 3 Research Project (core) Semester 1 Gender, Crime and Justice (core) Black Political Thought and Activism (core) Semester 2 Contemporary Criminology (core) Race, Culture, and Identity (core)

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants: IELTS 6.0 (the minimum score required in each skill area is 5.5) or TOEFL IBT 80 ( the minimum score required in each skills areas are: Reading 18, Listening 17, Writing 17, Speaking 20) or Pearson Test of English Academic 52 (the minimum score required in each skill area is 51)

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Criminology (Black Studies) at London South Bank University - UCAS