Middlesex University

Course Introduction

This criminology degree was one of the first in the world and is taught by leading academics in the field. The research produced by our department is used to develop policy by government, the EU and the UN. This course is the ideal choice if you wish to pursue a career in the criminal justice system or to progress to postgraduate study in a related field.

**Why study BA Criminology (Criminal Justice) at Middlesex?**

This specialist course is designed for you to learn about criminal justice practice and institutions from theoretical, practice-based and research-informed perspectives. You will build specialist expertise in the criminal justice system, within one of the world's oldest university criminology departments where we produce pioneering international research to support policy development. You will be able to pursue careers in the institutions of criminal justice such as the police, prisons, courts or probation, in the criminal justice support services, in organisations and charities that work on criminal justice policy and reform, in research institutions.

Many of our academics bring extensive professional experience from within agencies such as the Home Office, the police and the probation service and many also have professional experience within criminal justice institutions such as the Police, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, and Probation services. Your tutors are conducting influential research on current practice and policies which will inform their teaching and ensuring your learning is relevant and up to date.

This fusion of research and professional expertise ensures you receive a stimulating learning experience and the highest standard of teaching. Classes combine criminology theory with the examination of real life case studies from within criminal justice settings.

**Course highlights**

You will study at the centre of leading criminology research, ensuring you graduate with knowledge of the latest policy developments in criminology and criminal justice

You have the option to extend the course by a year in order to spend your third year in a paid work placement relevant to the course

Our leading academics provide a supportive learning environment, helping you to achieve the best possible academic results and this strong guidance will continue after you have graduated and are seeking employment

You could have the option to spend a year of study in a university abroad

You will benefit from guest lecturers and invited speakers who previously have included academics, activists and criminal justice practitioners

Our close links with key criminal justice agencies such as the police, the probation service and youth offending teams means you take part in real life projects that can support and inform your thinking

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Course Modules

Year 1: Crime and Control in Social Context (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Explaining Crime (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Skills and Methods in Criminology and Sociology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Understanding Contemporary Society: Issues and Debates (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Year 2: Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Criminal Courts and Prisons (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Criminology in Late Modernity (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Institutions of Criminal Justice (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Year 3: Justice, Punishment and Human Rights (30 Credits) - Optional

Children as Victims and Offenders (30 Credits) - Optional

Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (30 Credits) - Optional

Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (30 Credits) - Optional

Gangs and Group Offending (30 Credits) - Optional

Organised and White Collar Crime (30 Credits) - Optional

Violent Crime (30 Credits) - Optional

Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

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) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £11,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0With a minimum of 5.5 in each componentTOEFL (iBT)72.0With at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in readingPTE Academic51.0With at least 51 in all components