Criminology at City, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

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 the work undertaken by City’s Q-Step Centre to design and develop the degree
  • Opt onto a quantitative methods pathway: benefit from a heightened focus on data skills, a workplace Data Placement in Year 2, and an optional international work placement.


Year 1 Study core modules designed to provide a firm foundation in criminology, sociology and statistics, preparing you for future research activity. You can also take a language module as a non-credit bearing module. Core Modules: Introduction to Criminology Learning from Social Data Data and the Social World Criminal Justice Sociology in Action Social (Justice) Research: Qualitative Approaches Contemporary Criminological Controversies Academic and Professional Practice Year 2 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. Core Modules: Violence Gender and Crime Key Issues in Criminology Penology Victimology Social Action Project Core Elective Modules: Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data or Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data Sociology of Race and Racism Gender and Society Year 3 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. Core Module: Sociology Project Core Elective Modules: Crime, Culture and the City Policing Criminal Behaviour Urban Violence and Public Health Policy Criminal Justice in Crisis Elective Modules: Global Migration Processes Broken Britain? Culture, Employment and Society Work and Workers Emotions, Identity and Relationships Celebrity & Society Applied Multivariate Analysis Education, Skills and the Job Market Poverty: What counts? Culture, Racisms and Resistance Interrogating Digital Data Sport, the Body and Deviance Digital Cultures and Everyday Life The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace (requires either IP2024 or IP2025) Justice, Law and History Decision Making and Behavioural Economics Organisational Psychology Micro-Placements Industry Projects Mentoring & Coaching for Leadership Modules are subject to change.

Assessment method

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. Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments). For the third year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the Sociology Project (Dissertation) module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
EU £19330 Year 1
International £19330 Year 1

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Criminology at City, University of London - UCAS