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Course summary

Overview Why study criminology with us Our criminal justice degree approaches the subject from a theoretical, research-informed, and practice-based perspective. This means that during your time studying you’ll gain an understanding of the criminal justice system, including an introduction to law and legal justice and the different career paths you might want to pursue after graduation. This could be joining the police or opting to work for support services and charities that focus on policy and reform. As you progress into the second and third year, there is a choice of lots of option modules and you can shape your own degree. During your studies, you’ll explore the problem of crime, its causes and consequences and to examine in-depth the workings and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. We'll provide an inclusive learning experience that is intellectually engaging, challenging, supportive and respectful of students from all backgrounds. We frequently undertake student fieldtrips, including trips to visit courts and prisons, to enable students to experience the criminal justice system for themselves. The programme introduces several social scientific approaches to crime and criminal justice by focusing upon conceptions of danger and risk as experienced and represented particularly with reference to London but urban society more generally. Beyond the course itself, you’ll get access to some of the leading experts in the field as we have been at the forefront of criminological teaching and research since the 1970s. All our lecturers are involved in undertaking research and these experiences often inform their teaching. Studying here will provide you with links to several areas of professional employment, both nationally and internationally, in the criminal justice sector and regulatory bodies, as well as voluntary, health, education, and housing sectors. Gain the skills you need to start your career Our course will help you to develop your analytical and communication skills while you research and understand policy. You’ll do so through a series of presentations on criminology and its practices within the UK and internationally, building confidence. Online or face to face classes will combine criminal theory and detailed examination of real-life case studies from criminal justice settings so you can always see how theory can be applied practically. The course is shaped by leading criminology research, ensuring that you graduate with knowledge of the latest policy developments in criminology and criminal justice. You'll focus on how the policies are created and implemented, evaluating its influence on society. We frequently host guest lectures from academics, activists, and criminal justice practitioners who bring their specialist knowledge and passion to help inform and inspire you. Depending upon what's possible, these will be face to face or online. Previous graduates from this course have gone on to work for the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime, the National Offender Management Service and victim support services. Networking and support We know that sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help then we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.


Year 1 Crime in Social Context (15 credits) - Compulsory Skills and Debates in Criminology (15 credits) - Compulsory Explaining Crime (15 credits) - Compulsory Researching Crime in the City (15 credits) - Compulsory Crime, Media and Culture (15 credits) - Compulsory Institutions of Criminal Justice (15 credits) - Compulsory Law for Criminology (15 credits) - Compulsory Quantitative Investigation of Crime (15 credits) - Compulsory Year 2: Core modules Research Methods for Studying Contemporary Society (30 credits) - Compulsory Criminology and Practice: Working in Criminology (15 credits) - Compulsory Transforming Justice: Human Rights and Power in Contemporary Policy and Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory Race and Social Justice (15 credits) - Compulsory Policing (15 credits) - Compulsory Option Prisons and Penology (15 credits) - Compulsory Option Year 2: Choose one optional module Contemporary Criminological Theory (15 credits) - Optional Sociology of Intimate and Personal Lives: Family, Friendship and Self (15 credits) - Optional Digital Media and the Social World (15 credits) - Optional Volunteering for Engagement and Professional Development (15 credits) - Optional Criminal Law and Legal Processes (15 credits) - Optional Policing (15 credits) - Optional Prisons and Penology (15 credits) - Optional Year 2: Choose one optional module Victimology (15 credits) - Optional Our Social World: Welfare, Care, Education and Housing in Contemporary Britain (15 credits) - Optional Gender and Crime (15 credits) - Optional Youth, Crime and Justice (15 credits) - Optional Cybercrime in Contemporary Criminology (15 credits) - Optional Cities and Communities (15 credits) - Optional Year 3: Core modules Dissertation in Criminal Justice (30 credits) - Compulsory option Learning at Work in Criminal Justice (30 credits) - Compulsory option Comparative Criminal Justice: Criminal Courts, Sentencing and Prisons (15 credits) - Compulsory option Rehabilitation and Community Support (15 credits) - Compulsory option Year 3: Choose two optional modules ‘Learning Together’ Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (15 credits) - Optional Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Policy Processes (15 credits) - Optional Digital and Visual Methods (15 credits) - Optional Gender, Sexuality and Society (15 credits) - Optional Organised Violence: War, Genocide and Terrorism (15 credits) - Optional Violent Crime (15 credits) - Optional Investigations in Theory and Practice (15 credits) - Optional Crimes of the Powerful (15 credits) - Optional Comparative Criminal Justice: Criminal Courts, Sentencing and Prisons (15 credits) - Optional Rehabilitation and Community Support (15 credits) - Optional Year 3: Choose three optional modules Home, Housing the Society (15 credits) - Optional Life Course, Health and Disability (15 credits) - Optional Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (15 credits) - Optional Social Movements and Protest (15 credits) - Optional Learning at Work (15 credits) - Optional Forensic Mental Health and Offending (15 credits) - Optional Children as Victims and the Child Protection System (15 credits) - Optional Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (15 credits) - Optional Cyber-Security (15 credits) - Optional Gangs, Group Offending and Joint Enterprise (15 credits) - Optional Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (15 credits) - Optional Transnational Crime (15 credits) - Optional

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements listed are accurate at the time of publishing and vary between programmes. Please check your chosen course page for specific entry requirements. Depending on your chosen course, we also consider a combination of qualifications. The latest entry requirements can be found on the course page at: We have a personalised admissions approach in which we make fair, but aspirational offers to our applicants. We feel it’s important that you continue to aim high and achieve great results. If you don’t quite make the grades you hoped to, we’ll look at more than your qualifications when making our final decision. We’ll take into consideration any barriers you may have faced in your learning, especially with potential disruption due to the coronavirus, your achievements in other areas and your personal statement. At Middlesex, we’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible. We pride ourselves on how we recognise potential in our applicants, and support them to succeed in the future.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum of 5.5 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)72With at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading
PTE Academic51With at least 51 in all components

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15100 Year 1
International £15100 Year 1

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At Middlesex, we have a range of funding and loan options available to ensure you are able to attend university, whatever your financial background. Tuition fees vary for UK, EU and International students. More information about fees for the course you are interested in studying can be found at:
Criminology and Criminal Justice at Middlesex University - UCAS