Criminology BSc

Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate. We only have to check social media, switch on the television or pick up a newspaper to see headlines about crime and victimisation and to realise how relevant to everyday life the study of criminology has become. Our Criminology BSc enables you to explore the reality behind these headlines and examine a topic that is relevant, topical and has real, practical application in contemporary society.

Course details

Why is knife crime on the rise? How can we tackle terrorism? These are the sort of questions that criminal justice professionals explore. This degree gives you a comprehensive overview of criminality – including its causes and impacts on an individual, societal and political level.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Leicester ranks 5th in the UK for teaching Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2022). We are one of very few Schools in the country exclusively dedicated to teaching and researching criminology, and we are home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists. As such, you will benefit from a pure, focused and definitive education in the study of crime. Our strong performance in the National Student Survey since it began in 2005 reflects the popularity of the course among our students, as well as the dedication of the academic staff.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.

GCSE: English at grade C (4).

Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall.

BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM.

T Levels: Distinction. All T Levels considered.


We aim to provide you with a range of transferable skills that will give you a head-start in today’s competitive job market. Your capacity for imaginative, rigorous and critical thinking will be developed throughout the degree. Subject specific skills, such as knowledge of the social processes of crime and the criminal justice system, will be complemented by the type of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market, including:

the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument
IT skills
research and problem-solving skills
written and oral communication skills
working as part of a team


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Introduction to Criminology (double module)
  • Criminal Justice in Action (double module)
  • Victims of Crime (double module)
  • Theories of Crime and Criminality (double module)
  • Punishment and Rehabilitation (double module)
  • Understanding Criminological Research (double module)
  • Doing Criminological Research (double module)

Option modules
Choose one option module from:

  • Organised Crime
  • Global Alternative Justice
  • Youth Crime and Justice

Then choose one option module from:

  • Criminology Goes to the Movies
  • Terrorism
  • Sex and Violence
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Being a Criminologist (double module)
  • Student Research Project (double module)

Option modules
Choose two option modules from:

  • Violence
  • Hate Crime
  • Gender and Crime

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice and Mental Disorder