London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

London has played a leading role in shaping the modern world's understanding of the origins of criminal behaviour. Our honours degree in criminology will allow you to gain a wider understanding of this hotly debated political and social issue, with an opportunity to specialise later on in your degree.

During your time at London Met you’ll be taught by leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of policing and probation. Our staff are research active and their teaching is informed by current specialist research. Their expertise will afford you the opportunity to learn about front line elements of criminological practice.

**More about this course**

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.

This degree will give you a strong grasp of research methods used in criminal investigations 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 technology and media, victims of crime, counter-terrorism, gender and sexuality.

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 criminology, policing and justice. We’ll support you to grow both professionally and academically through workshops and seminars that will foster interaction between you and our lecturers, as well as one-to-one study support with our academic mentor and final year student success coaches.

**What our students say**

"After I graduate I would like to be a police inspector for the Met. I chose this course because it is specifically related to crime and criminal investigation. I have found it really interesting so far it is giving us a wide perspective on criminology and a good understanding of what I can expect from a career in this field. The lecturers have been friendly, helpful and approachable. In the first year, we visited Marylebone Road Magistrates Court to observe how hearings are presented and what goes on that was a really interesting assignment. I also did some mentoring at HM Prison Holloway (the women's prison), where I was finding ways to help women integrate back into society."

Mafalda Guerra

Course Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Cultures, Identity and Difference (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to Policing (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)

Researching Crime and Deviance (core, 30 credits)

Sociological Imagination (core, 30 credits)

Example Year 2 modules include:

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, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)

Youth, Resistance and Social Control (option, 30 credits)

Example Year 3 modules include:

Crime Control and Penology (core, 30 credits)

Criminology Project (core, 30 credits)

Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (core, 30 credits)

Criminology Work Placement (option, 15 credits)

Criminology of Pleasure (option, 15 credits)

Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits)

Secrecy and Power, the FBI 1909-1972 (option, 15 credits)

Serious and Serial Offenders (option, 15 credits)

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)

Victims and Crime (option, 15 credits)

Start Date:

09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees