Criminology (Policing and Investigations) at Middlesex University - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview Criminology in action Our criminology degree is one of the first in the world and we offer one of the most innovative programmes in the UK. The BA Criminology (Policing and Investigations) shares its core with the BA Criminology, while offering a series of modules with a focus on contemporary policing and investigations, together with options for relevant practice-based placements (online or face-to-face). Due to the evolving situation as regards COVID-19, some or all of the work placements and in-person visits we normally facilitate for our students may be suspended in the 2020/21 academic year. This new programme is aimed at this wider context of policing. It not only equips you with key skills that allow you to understand the causes of crime in the 21st century, it also equips you with key skills to build a career responding to crime. The BA Criminology (Policing and Investigations) is not a pre-join degree for the police service, however the degree will allow you to apply for the accelerated Degree Holders Entry Programme, if you are interested in joining a UK police service after graduation. Studying the intersection of criminology and policing BA Criminology (Policing and Investigations) offers an extensive knowledge of the discipline of criminology and practices of policing and investigation. You will be able to apply this knowledge for creative, critical, ethical thinking and action. You will develop the knowledge and awareness to be ethically informed, respectful of human rights, particularly in relation to the history and contemporary forms of policing and investigation in complex diverse societies. This course is open to many fields of work and further study. It is ideal if you are interested in policing, but also if you aren't sure if you’d like to go into the field directly or might be interested in exploring other related fields. Join a collaborative and international community Middlesex University has played a significant role in shaping criminology in the UK and internationally and has an extensive experience in policing education. One of the key strengths of our programmes is that we “team-teach” a number of our core and optional modules. This mode of teaching allows you to experience a diverse range of knowledge, experiences and pedagogical styles, assisting in the development of your knowledge and skills at all levels of the programmes. We encourage work between students through projects, workshops, and labs (either face-to-face or online). You’ll be able to work with a team(either face-to-face or online) and build on communication, organisation and analysis skills. You will gain industry experience though field trips and an optional volunteering module (either face-to-face or virtual presence in the organisation) that enables you to integrate your learning and development from that experience into your degree. This focus on industry engagement means in your final year you can choose whether to undertake a dissertation or a work-based project. Due to the evolving situation as regards COVID-19, some or all of the work placements and in-person visits we normally facilitate for our students may be suspended in the 2020/21 academic year. You will have the ability to choose a specialist module in Year 2. Additionally, in your final year, you will have the opportunity to undertake either term or year-long placement modules (involving either a virtual placement or being physically present in the organisation you are working with). Get the support you need to succeed Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. You will have the freedom to tailor your degree to a specialist area to suit your personal and career interests. There are also opportunities to undertake a volunteering module and a placement option in your third year.


Year 1 Skills and Debates in Criminology (15 Credits) - Compulsory Crime in Social Context (15 Credits) - Compulsory Explaining Crime (15 Credits) - Compulsory Researching Crime in the City (15 Credits) - Compulsory Institutions of Criminal Justice (15 Credits) - Compulsory Crime, Media, Culture (15 Credits) - Compulsory Law for Criminology (15 Credits) - Compulsory Quantitative Investigation of Crime (15 Credits) - Compulsory Year 2 Research Methods for Studying Contemporary Society (30 Credits) - Compulsory Transforming Justice: Human Rights and Power in Contemporary Criminological Policy and Practice (15 Credits) - Compulsory Race and Social Justice (15 Credits) - Compulsory Law Enforcement: Partnerships, Agencies, and Communities (15 Credits) - Compulsory Policing: Diversity and Inclusion (15 Credits) - Compulsory Policing (15 Credits) - Compulsory Year 2: Choose one optional module Criminal Law and Legal Processes (15 Credits) - Optional Victimology (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 Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory Option Learning at Work (30 Credits) - Compulsory Option Understanding Corruption (15 Credits) - Compulsory Investigations in Theory and Practice (15 Credits) - Compulsory Complex and Serious Crime Investigation (15 Credits) - Compulsory Year 3: Choose one optional module Comparative Criminal Justice: Criminal Courts, Sentencing and Prisons (15 Credits) - Optional Rehabilitation and Community Support (15 Credits) - Optional Investigations in Theory and Practice (15 Credits) - Optional Violent Crime (15 Credits) - Optional Crimes of the Powerful (15 Credits) - Optional ‘Learning Together’ Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (15 Credits) - Optional Year 3: Choose two optional modules Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (15 Credits) - Optional Forensic Mental Health and Offending (15 Credits) - Optional Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (15 Credits) - Optional Cyber-Security (15 Credits) - Optional Children as Victims and the Child Protection System (15 Credits) - Optional Gangs, Group Offending and Joint Enterprise (15 Credits) - Optional Transnational Crime (15 Credits) - Optional Learning at Work (15 Credits) - Optional

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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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

Additional fee information

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Criminology (Policing and Investigations) at Middlesex University - UCAS