Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology (4 years full time including sandwich year)

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Course summary

Reasons to choose Kingston – Through a work placement or volunteering option, you’ll be able to practise your skills and gain valuable experience for your future career. – Fieldwork may include court observations, empirical research, and case study analysis, allowing you to apply theory to real-life situations. – Kingston has good connections with criminal justice organisations, international NGOs, charities, and governmental organisations. About this course

  • Criminology is the study of crime, its control and its consequences. It combines the study of politics, law, psychology, society and culture to understand processes of criminalisation, practices of crime control and prevention.
  • You’ll study patterns and perceptions of crime, both nationally and globally, the impact of different practices of punishment on offenders, issues of diversity and discrimination in criminal justice, and police power and culture. You can also explore youth justice, new technologies of risk management, crime prevention, terrorism and security.
  • You’ll be introduced to the theoretical perspectives and debates that inform criminology, and to the institutions, processes and legal foundations of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
Sandwich Year This course has a sandwich year which takes place between Year 2 and your Final Year. During this sandwich year you will take a placement within a relevant setting, ensuring you gain essential experience to add to your CV and help you secure a graduate job.


Examples of Modules: Year 1

  • Foundations in Criminological Theory
  • Crime, Law and Justice
-Social Order and Social Change -Introduction to Research Methods Year 2 (Core)
  • Policing and Punishment
  • Researching Law and Society
Year 2 (Optional)
  • Diversity and Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
  • Youth Crime
  • Securing Human Rights: Contemporary Themes and Issues
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Crime on Screen
  • Culture and Harm in a Digital Age
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Final Year (Core)
  • Transnational Crime
  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Criminology Extended Dissertation
Final Year (Optional) -Applied Criminology/Sociology: Work and Volunteering -Crimes of the Powerful: Corporations, the State and Human Rights -Risk and Crime -Criminology and Law -Sex that Offends For a full list of modules please visit the Kingston university course webpage

Assessment method

Year 1 - Coursework: 75%, Practical: 13%, Exam: 12% Year 2 - Coursework: 80%, Practical: 0%, Exam: 20% Year 3 - Coursework: 100%, Practical: 0%, Exam: 0%

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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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

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Criminology (4 years full time including sandwich year) at Kingston University - UCAS