University of Greenwich

Course Introduction

Our BA Hons Criminology degree is contemporary, global and critical. By studying criminology at the extremes ' comparing street crime with large'scale state crimes ' this programme demonstrates that the causes, consequences and prevention of crime operate at local, national and international levels. Core subjects explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance and cover current concerns within the discipline, including:

* Representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film

* Imprisonment, prisoners and human rights

* Gender, race and discrimination

* Policing and organised crime.

Our courses cover key trans'national issues, including security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. Over the three years of the full'time degree, you will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, criminal profiling and the Criminal Justice System in the UK. In your second year of the full'time programme, you will learn how to carry out research on crime and criminals which will equip you for a final'year dissertation research project on a criminological topic of your choice.

The degree has been designed to enhance your academic knowledge, develop your key skills and provide transferable skills to aid your future employment. Ultimately, the programme aims to provide you with a range of potential career paths. You will be encouraged to volunteer with various criminal justice agencies during your time at Greenwich.

We currently offer two modules that you might decide to study; one based in prison (the ‘Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice’ module which runs in the second year of the full'time programme) and a work placement (the ‘Criminology, the Community and Work'Based Practice’ module which runs in the final year of the full'time programme). If you are selected for the ‘Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice’ course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences in prison at the prison itself. If you are selected for the work placement, ‘Criminology, the Community and Work'Based Practice’, you will volunteer in an agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the Criminal Justice System. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

Course Modules

From time to time we update our programmes, so the programme structure, mode, the courses and course structure and content can be subject to change from what is listed below. The availability of option courses also varies from year to year according to student preference, staff availability and may, for some courses, also depend on a student’s academic performance and/or educational background. Until the academic term immediately prior to the academic term in which an option is listed to run, we are not able to guarantee that an option listed will be available. In addition, please note that some courses may only be open to certain students and may also involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process to take the course. For these reasons, the structure (i.e. the mode(s), the courses and the course structure) of the programme shown in this information is shown for illustrative purposes only. Therefore, if your application is dependent upon studying a particular course (or courses), please contact the School of Law for advice at

Full'time programme starting in September 2018:

**Year 1**

* Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)

* Understanding Deviance (30 credits)

* Forensic Criminology (30 credits)

* Professional Practice in Criminal Justice (15 credits)

* Criminal Justice Process (15 credits)

**Year 2**

* Criminological Perspectives (30 credits)

* Criminological Research Methods (30 credits)

Plus a total of 60 credits from:

* Crime, Discrimination and Society (30 credits)

* Crime and the Media (15 credits)

* Penology (15 credits)

* Forensic Mental Health (15 credits)

* The Criminologies of Disobedience (15 credits)

* Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 credits)

**Year 3**

* Crime in the City, Crime and the State (30 credits)

Plus a total of 90 credits from:

* Criminology Undergraduate Dissertation Project (30 credits)

* Policing (30 credits)

* Perspectives on Violence (30 credits)

* Women, Crime, Power and Justice (30 credits)

* Criminology, the Community and Work'Based Practice (30 credits)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £12,100 Overseas Fees