City, University of London

Course Introduction

The BSc (Hons) Criminology at City, University of London, explores the complex and interconnected issues of crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice. It draws on the expertise of academics experienced in investigating a variety of topics including: crime, policing, victims, media representations of crime and youth crime. The degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to understand why crime and criminal justice have become defining issues for contemporary society and attained such a prominent position in popular culture. The course develops students' appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to socio-legal transformations, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis of London. The BSc (Hons) Criminology degree draws on the expertise of academics experienced in investigating a variety of topics including: crime, policing, victims, media representations of crime and youth crime.

The course considers how Crime is defined, How criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to social issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy and why crime and justice have become defining issues for contemporary society. This course is delivered by academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field. In the latest survey in 2017 100% of  our Criminology students said staff have made the subject interesting (NSS).  The course is part of the City Q-Step Centre programme meaning you can undertake a Quantitative Methods pathway in your final two years of study. You will develop a range of technical, communication and interpersonal skills which increase graduate employability. These include: critical thinking, scientific data analysis, policy report writing, multi-media presentation skills and teamwork. Our central London location and proximity to key criminal justice institutions - including the Central Criminal Court (the 'Old Bailey'), three police services (London Metropolitan, City of London and British Transport), and numerous prisons - facilitates our distinctive approach to the applied study of crime and criminal justice. 

Course Modules

In the first year you will develop a 'criminological imagination', as you are introduced to the different theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.

Core modules include:

- Criminology

- Criminal justice

- Research@City Sociology

- Lies, damned lies and statistics

- Producing social data

- Researching society: qualitative methods.

In the second year you will develop your 'criminological expertise'.

Core modules include:

- Violence

- Key issues in Criminology

- Penology

- Doing sociology: quantitative methods

- Gender, crime and justice.

Year 3 modules will allow you to study current issues that draw upon the research excellence of our department. The availability of modules is subject to some change in line with changing staff research profiles.

Year 3 modules currently include:

Core modules:

- Criminology dissertation (Sociology Project)

- Policing

- Youth crime.

Across all three years you can pick elective modules from Sociology, Media, Psychology, Politics and Law in your final year.

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) Other Fees