Criminology - BSc (Hons)

This degree will give you a strong grasp of research methods and expose you to social, political, ethical and historical aspects of criminology. Through optional modules in your second and third year, you’ll begin to specialise in areas including crime and media, victims of crime, counter-terrorism, gender and sexuality.

Course details

Our Criminology BSc (Hons) course will delve into the causes and effects of crime and criminal behaviour. It will develop your understanding of criminological theories in the context of specialist areas including organised crime, youth violence, terrorism and security. You’ll also look in-depth at the criminal justice system including the police, judiciary and prisons, examining the concepts 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

We employ an innovative approach to learning via professionally-focused academic study. You’ll receive opportunities for work-based learning that will prepare you for the challenges of a career in the fields of forensic criminology, policing and justice. We’ll support you to grow both professionally and academically through workshops and seminars that will foster interaction between you, your classmates and your lecturers, as well as one-to-one study support with our academic mentor and final year student success coaches.


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 BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)

GCSE English at grade C/grade 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.

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to Policing (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to criminological and sociological theory (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to social problems (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)
  • Researching Crime and Deviance (core, 30 credits)
  • Researching Social Life (core, 30 credits)
  • Crime in Context (core, 30 credits)
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime (core, 30 credits)
  • Perspectives on Policing (core, 30 credits)
  • Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
  • Youth Resistance and Social Control (option, 15 credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
  • Crime Control and Penology (core, 30 credits)
  • Criminology Project (core, 30 credits)
  • Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits)
  • Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits)
  • Human Rights and Conflict (option, 15 credits)
  • Religion and the State (option, 15 credits)
  • Serious and Serial Offenders (option, 15 credits)
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (option, 30 credits)
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)
  • Victims and Crime (option, 15 credits)