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Course summary

Explore how societies are organised, and how people are united and divided. Within the context of modern forms of power, examine the nature of crime and criminality from a critical, sociological perspective. This degree is for anyone who wants to understand how modern societies are structured, but also for those with an interest in crime and criminality. This interdisciplinary degree will give you the skills and experience to pursue a wide range of careers. Why study BA Criminology at Goldsmiths

  • You'll be taught by researchers at the cutting edge of criminological and sociological research on urban crime, control and security, and globalisation and crime. And, as part of a tight-knit group of students, you'll benefit from the support and expertise of your teachers throughout your degree.
  • Reflecting on contemporary society, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the problems of crime and control and how this affects people’s lives today.
  • You’ll learn to discuss crime and control in a sophisticated way, drawing on a wide range of sociological and criminological concepts and theories.
  • You’ll learn essential analytical and methodological tools that will help you analyse and understand criminological problems.
  • This Sociology with Criminology degree brings issues of social inequality and social justice to the foreground. You will learn how ‘race’, gender, class and nationality connect to crime and control.
  • We’re international in our outlook: students learn about crime and control in the UK and beyond. You’ll explore themes such as genocide, environmental harm, state crime, and crimes by corporations to get you to think about the idea of criminology in broader terms.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take on a work placement that matches your interests and aspirations. You could find yourself supporting a victim of crime, attending court, or mentoring young people.
  • You’ll learn from leading experts in the Department of Sociology, and benefit from their research in the areas of crime and justice, culture, human rights, socio-legal studies, urban sociology, science and technology studies, and more.
  • Your studies will be further enriched by guest speakers, visiting lectures and industry professionals who offer first-hand knowledge and experience, including criminal justice professionals and those working in non-governmental or community organisations.
  • Based in New Cross, a changing area of south London, we’ll take you on walking tours of the local area so you’ll be able to see how theories learnt in lectures apply to the local community.
  • By studying at Goldsmiths, you’ll join one of the world’s leading departments of Sociology. We're ranked Top 10 in the UK for sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).


This programme will allow you to consider crime and control from a sociological perspective. You will study: How our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order Explanations for why people commit ‘crime’ How governments respond to ‘crime’, and how they might respond differently The history and development of criminology as a discipline Social control, policing, surveillance and security Crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence Practical cases and stories from people working in and with experience of the criminal justice system Research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics Year 1 (credit level 4) In your first year you will take the following compulsory modules: Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Methods of Worldmaking 1 Crime, Control and the State 1a Crime, Control and the State 1b Culture and Society Imaginative Criminology Year 2 (credit level 5) In your second year you'll take the following compulsory modules: Methods of Worldmaking 2 Criminal Justice in Context Gender, ‘Race’ and Crime Explaining Crime You'll then take up to 45 credits of recommended second-year modules, one of which must be The Goldsmiths Elective. The Goldsmiths Elective allows you to choose a relevant interdisciplinary module from another academic department. Crimes Against Humanity Law and Contemporary Society Governing Everyday Life Religion, Crime, and Law The Goldsmiths Elective With any remaining credits, you can then choose from the full list of optional modules across the Department of Sociology. This list is updated annually and may include: Sociology Work Placement Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module Law and Contemporary Society The Making of the Modern World Knowledge and Subjectivity Social Change and Political Action Leisure, Culture and Society London Sociology of Culture and Communication Central Issues in Sociological Analysis Migration in Context Food and Taste Year 3 (credit level 6) In your final year you take the following compulsory modules: Confronting climate crisis Dissertation Police, Prisons and Power You'll also choose two option modules, including the possibility of a work placement. The list of optional modules will be produced annually by the Department of Sociology, and recent modules have included: Citizenship and Human Rights Race, Racism and Social Theory Law, Identity and Ethics Globalisation, Crime and Justice Crime, Control and the City Crimes of the Powerful Privacy, Surveillance and Security Social Theory Through Film Identity and Contemporary Social Theory Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life Visual Explorations of The Social World Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture Thinking Animals Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction Subjectivity, Health and Medicine Thinking with Others, Philosophy and Cultural Difference Experiment Earth Sciences Politics Disasters Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for Year 1 of the programme.

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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Criminology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS