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Course summary

Are you interested in crime, those who commit crime, and how we respond to crime and social disorder? The BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice at Birkbeck aims to provide education that is critical, questioning and creative. This research-led criminology and criminal justice degree is taught by internationally recognised academics. Their expertise will give you an in-depth understanding of the social, political, economic, theoretical and cultural contexts of all aspects of crime. Led by principles of social and racial justice, the course focuses on contemporary social problems, from prison abolition, policing and racism, migration and deportation and social welfare, to gendered violence, terrorism and drugs. Themes you will engage with range from punishment, policing, security and surveillance to organised, corporate and state crime. You will analyse real-world events through a focus on national and international criminal justice policy, institutions and practices. You will also think about the people who make, and those who are subjected to, these systems and processes. This course gives you the opportunity to develop:

  • your capacity to apply knowledge gained to complex, abstract and practical situations
  • your ability to recognise alternative and creative solutions to particular problems and the ability to produce well-supported conclusions in relation to them
  • your capacity to apply knowledge to situations that engage with academic and policy debates.
Highlights
  • Dedicated academic skills workshops are run by our Learning Development Tutors, who can advise on a range of study skills.
  • We understand that our students want to make a change through higher education. You can participate in our year-round Criminology Careers Events: Work for Social Justice, Work for Criminal Justice. You can achieve support from Birkbeck alumni through our Mentoring Pathways scheme.
  • You can hear from scholars within and beyond Birkbeck including the esteemed Annual Criminology Lecture, Law on Trial events week and our Criminology Research Seminars. These showcase prominent academics carrying out path-breaking research on crime, criminal justice and related themes.
  • You may be eligible for the Birkbeck cash bursary scheme to assist with the costs of study, such as purchasing books, printing and travelling to classes. Cash bursaries do not have to be paid back.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in criminal justice, public safety or social welfare. Possible professions include:
  • community development worker
  • prison or probation officer
  • social worker
  • adult guidance worker.
We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

We employ a range of assessment tools, including independent research essays, seen and unseen examinations, group work, oral presentations, reflective journals, and creative and critical thinking exercises.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Successful completion of our Certificate of Higher Education in Criminology allows you to apply for entry onto Year 2 of this degree.


Unistats information

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73%
Student satisfaction
55%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
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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
International £16020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Criminology and Criminal Justice at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS