Criminology at University of Kent - UCAS

Course summary

Why do people commit crime? Does prison make people better or worse? How can you prepare for a career in criminal justice? At Kent, you’ll receive a cutting-edge, critical, and career-driven education in Criminology. You’ll learn about criminal justice systems across the world; the workings of our prisons, police and courts – and the challenges they face. We’ll empower you with an understanding of key issues and disputes around crime and punishment – and support you to start your own successful career. Reasons to study Criminology at Kent

  • We’re world-leaders: Kent achieved the second highest score for criminological research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2023
  • Tailor your degree to your own career path: a generous and diverse choice of modules include; policing, cyber-crime, prisons, criminal psychology, drug policy, violent crime, terrorism, youth offending, hate crime and many others
  • Gain practical knowledge of criminal justice systems through our partnerships with Kent Police, the London Metropolitan Police, HMP Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service and numerous charities
  • Train to work in the UK’s first Restorative Justice Clinic whilst delivering a service to the local community
  • Receive outstanding support to achieve your ambitions – from our academics, specialist employability team and our professional experience and networks
  • Boost your career prospects with a year or term abroad, a year in data analytics or a volunteering placement
What you'll learn You’ll expand your criminological imagination. You’ll explore critical issues in criminal justice and major debates around crime and its control: fierce disagreements about what causes crime, what can we do to reduce it, and the scope of our criminal law. You’ll learn how technology has changed modern offending and policing. You’ll investigate how criminal justice systems work in different countries, and how you can critically question popular assumptions about offenders and society. We’ll also set you up for a successful career with real practical experiences. You’ll get opportunities to learn in real criminal justice settings –including prisons and restorative justice clinics. This practical knowledge, range of connections, and our professional experience really will enhance your employment opportunities.

How to apply

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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)

Direct entry into Year 2 of this programme is considered on a case by case basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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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
EU £13500 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please see the programme page at for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK fee quoted may increase in line with inflation. Full-time fees for 2023/24 for international students are £21,900 for laboratory programmes and £18,000 for non-laboratory programmes
Criminology at University of Kent - UCAS