University of Westminster

Course Introduction

Our dedicated criminology lecturers have many years' experience of teaching highly regarded courses, and have varied backgrounds in academia, policy work and the voluntary sector. You will benefit from high'quality research methods training, and apply this to a real'world research project in your final year. And where better to study this fascinating discipline than in the heart of the UK's policing and criminal justice systems? As well as offering a unique curriculum, distinctive features of the Criminology degree at Westminster are our use of London as a teaching and learning resource, and our commitment to offering you the chance to experience other cultures. A number of modules make use of our location to facilitate 'off'site' learning, with visits to the High Court of Justice, theatres, field walks and prison visits. There is also a field trip to Berlin in your final year. Our strong links with criminal justice practitioners mean we can help you to gain valuable work experience.

Course Modules

Year 1: Students take core modules on the key theoretical perspectives in the study of crime and justice, and an introduction to key institutions of the administration of criminal justice in England and Wales; option modules provides an opportunity to experience perspectives from outside their chosen programme, allowing students to change course at the end of year 1 (credit level 4) where appropriate. Years 2 and 3: Core modules are designed to give students a solid grounding in the important theories and institutions of the criminal justice system, together with a broad grounding in the range of research methods used in this interdisciplinary field; at year 3 (credit level 6) students also carry out a research project on a topic of their own choice.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 112
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

Key Course Information

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65% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 5
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 30
Unknown 0

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 24%

Total Coursework: 70%

Total Practical: 6%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation