Middlesex University

Course Introduction

You will join one of the longest-established university criminology departments in the world where we produce pioneering research to support policy development at the national and international level.

**Why study BA Criminology at Middlesex University?**

This degree provides a generic overview of crime, criminals, victims and interaction with the Criminal Justice System. It is aimed at those who have an interest in how society responds to deviant behaviour and challenges the concept of social deviancy. Your studies will be framed by research from within our Centre for Social and Criminological Research (CSCR) where our areas of expertise include youth crime; community safety strategies; and inter-ethnic conflict. The centre combines psychology and criminology with a focus on real life and online experience, and uses a range of research methods including those online.

This degree blends theory with practice through placements within criminology focused organisations and work-based projects, which frame your knowledge with real life case study examples from within the criminal justice system. We regularly invite practitioners from different key organisations to speak to our students to ensure that the theoretical and practical are blended together.

In your final year, your can choose a credit bearing Placement Module or the Special Constable Module which enables you to explore employment opportunities without commitment. You could complete your placement students in a range of areas including the Police Service, Prison Service, Victim Support Schemes, or Youth Offender Schemes. As a consequence of choosing the Placement Module, previous graduates have accepted full-time employment within the criminal justice system.

Criminology is constantly debated in government, the media and across wider society. It is the ideal subject for those keen to pursue a career in the criminal justice system, or to progress to postgraduate study in a related field.

**Course highlights**

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

The Police Service is currently undergoing a fundamental change in its recruitment process, requiring all new recruits to attain a degree in a related subject, Criminology is one of those subjects

Our excellent links with criminology-focused organisations in London ensure you can secure prestigious placement opportunities and gain excellent professional experience while you study

Our specialist teaching approach offers high levels of support, ensuring you achieve excellent academic results

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, Criminology in Late Modernity (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Institutions of Criminal Justice (30 Credits) - Compulsory, Urban Criminology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

Year 3: 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, Justice, Punishment and Human Rights (30 Credits) - Optional, Organised and White Collar Crime (30 Credits) - Optional, Violent Crime (30 Credits) - Optional, Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
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) £9,250 Home 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