BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

During your time at Roehampton, you will develop a critical understanding of how the criminal justice system operates and the debates surrounding the relationship between punishment, rehabilitation and crime prevention.

Course details

Our BSc Criminology is all-encompassing, and further areas of study include punishment and prisons, gang culture, the criminal justice system and legislation, serial killers, and human trafficking. 

  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

University of Roehampton

Course overview

What is justice? Who defines criminal behaviour? And how can we reduce harm in society?

As a criminology student at the University of Roehampton, you will be able to explore these fascinating questions, drawing from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law.

Criminologists study crime, the criminal justice system and society’s response to the impact of criminal behaviour. On this exciting degree, you will study contemporary problems relating to crime prevention, criminalisation and social control.


Entry requirements

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent) Degree with Foundation Year Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent) We welcome applications from students studying T Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out moreWhen we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.


The skills you develop will equip you for a successful career in many fields. Official figures show that Roehampton criminology students earn more on average than students from any other modern university in London (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2017 results; earnings one year after graduation).

Studying criminology opens the door to working in many different areas that shape society. You could secure work in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice or the wider criminal justice system, as well as being equipped to pursue a career in the legal profession.


All modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

  • Becoming a Criminologist
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminological Theories
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • Homicide: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Criminological Imagination
  • Punishment, Justice and Control
  • Professional Practice in Social Sciences
  • Adventures in Research

Optional modules

  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Media in Contemporary Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Criminal Justice
  • Victims and Crime
  • Borders, Migration and Control
  • Policing and Criminal Justice
  • Global Crime and Disorder
  • Required module choice
  • Placement Learning in Criminology
  • Doing Social Research
  • Independent Study: Dissertation
  • Community in Action

Optional modules

  • Drug Use and Policy
  • Illegal Economies
  • Family Criminology
  • Crime, Culture and the City
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence
  • Cybercrime
  • Security and Terrorism