Criminology and Law - BA (Hons) - London Metropolitan University

The course is delivered through a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity and individual tutorials. There’s an emphasis on the link between teaching, practice and research. 

Course details

Crime continues to be a central focus of public concern and political debate, particularly in global cities such as London. This specialist course will delve into the causes and effects of crime and criminal behaviour. It will also explore the criminal justice system, including the police, judiciary and prisons, examining the concept of justice and sentencing.

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

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

A number of staff in our criminology and law subject areas are active researchers and their research findings often provide the basis for teaching on the course. Lecturers have published articles on a range of topics including gang culture, international organised crime, cybercrime, child protection and the probation service.

You’ll have access to our very own mock courtroom, where you’ll get a feel for a legal environment and find out how courtrooms across the country are run. We’ll also provide you with detailed knowledge and understanding of legal rules and their contexts, and support you in developing general skills such as independent research, critical judgement, debating, communication and teamwork. These skills will prepare you for the world of work and a range of careers.


Entry requirements

a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)

GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) 

What the students say

The highlight of my time at London Met so far has been using the resources made available by the University, especially the careers department, along with the skills obtained on my degree to successfully secure an intern finance position in my first year.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Administrative Law (core, 15 credits)
  • Criminal Law I (core, 15 credits)
  • English Legal System (core, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)
  • Legal Method (core, 15 credits)
  • Criminal Law II (core, 15 credits)
  • Legal Research Methods (core, 15 credits)
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime (core, 30 credits)
  • Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
  • Law of Advocacy and Mooting (option, 15 credits)
  • Law of Evidence (option, 15 credits)
  • Perspectives on Policing (option, 30 credits)
  • Youth Resistance and Social Control (option, 15 credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
  • Crime Control and Penology (core, 30 credits)
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (core, 30 credits)
  • Criminal Law Extended Essay (alternative core, 15 credits)
  • Criminological Research Practice (alternative core, 15 credits)
  • Criminology Project (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights (option, 15 credits)
  • Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits)
  • Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits)
  • Jurisprudence (option, 15 credits)
  • Penal Policy (option, 15 credits)
  • Public International Law (option, 15 credits)
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)