BA (Hons) Criminology and Law

Taking a digital-first and practice-driven approach in line with the UK’s Ministry of Justice Digital Strategy (2025), the course will equip you with the digital and critical analytical tools needed to meet the current and future demands of the sector.

Course details

Are you interested in exploring the interrelated fields of criminology and law? Our BA (Hons) Criminology with Law joint degree explores the relationship between crime, society, and law, as well as the political, psychological, and social aspects of criminology. The course covers both UK and international law, ensuring you graduate with universal skills for your future.
  • Mode of study: online
  • Intake: Intakes: September, January,  May
  • Course length: 3 years
  • Course fee: £6,935
  • Locations: online

Arden University London

Course overview

By bringing together criminology and law, you’ll gain far-reaching, practical insight into the causes and legal consequences of crime at the individual, organisational, and societal levels. You’ll also explore the various agencies involved in crime response and prevention and in the application of the law.

The course is led by academics and practitioners with strong industry links and first-hand experience in their respective fields. You’ll also have regular webinars and guest speakers ranging from international academics, senior members of the criminal justice system, and policymakers to ex-convicts to give you genuine insight into the field. That means your learning will have a real-world basis that you can apply to a range of future career roles. 


Entry requirements

To be eligible for our BA (Hons) Criminology with Law, you should normally have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR​
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.
  • If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course


Completing a criminology and law degree can open up a world of opportunity in criminal justice and related fields, as well as provide universal skills applicable to diverse industries. With that in mind, a few career options for you could include:

  • Police​
  • Prison service​
  • Probation​
  • Paralegal
  • Community Justice
  • Voluntary sector ​
  • Charities ​or NGOs
  • Work in the government, home office, or education and more


You have between 3 to 9 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete their studies within 3 to 6 years.

  • Becoming a Criminologist (20 credits)​
  • English Legal System and Legal Skills (20 credits)​
  • Crime 1 (20 credits)​
  • Civil Liberties in Practice (20 credits) ​
  • Working within the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)​
  • Policing Priorities (20 credits) 
  • Researching the Field (20 credits)​
  • Defending the Realm (20 credits)​
  • Youth Crime and Justice (20 credits)​
  • Crimes of the Powerful (20 credits)​
  • The Prison (20 credits)​
  • Crime 2 (20 credits) 
  • Victimology (20 credits)​
  • Miscarriages of Justice (20 credits)​
  • Professional Practice: A case study (20 credits)​
  • International Law (20 credits)​
  • Research Project (40 credits)