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Criminology (Criminal Justice) Honours, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #401 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
The Criminology (Criminal Justice) Honours degree offered at the Middlesex University 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.
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Why study BA Criminology (Criminal Justice) Honours at Middlesex University?

The specialist Criminology (Criminal Justice) BA Honours 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
  • The 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
  • The 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


While a degree in criminology will ordinarily lead to employment within the general field of criminal justice, many of the skills that you will learn are highly valued by employers across all sectors.

Previous graduates have gone on to a wide range of graduate jobs such as victim support workers, data analysts, researchers, junior civil servants, criminal justice advocacy and reform workers, police officers, and probation officers in a range of criminal justice institutions including:
  • local authorities
  • victim support services
  • the National Offender Management Service
  • the Home Office
  • the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime
  • the Prison’s Inspectorate
  • academic positions in universities

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      4 years full-time with placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

Year 1
  • Crime and Control in Social Context 
  • Explaining Crime 
  • Researching the City: Skills and Methods in Criminology and Sociology
  • Introduction to Criminal Legal Processes 
Year 2
  • Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences 
  • Criminology in Late Modernity 
  • Institutions of Criminal Justice 
  • Criminal Courts and Prisons 
Year 3
  • Dissertation
  • Gangs and Group Offending 
  • Violent Crime 
  • Justice, Punishment and Human Rights 
  • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice 
  • Organised and White Collar Crime 
  • Environmental Justice and Green Criminology 
  • Children as Victims and Offenders 
  • Forensic Mental Health and Offending 
  • Special Constabulary and Cadet Leadership
  • Integrated Learning and Work Placement 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Your prior achievement in awarded qualifications
  • Predicted achievement in the qualifications you are currently studying
  • Personal statement or statement of purpose for evidence of your motivation and commitment to your subject
  • References about your academic potential and personal qualities
  • Details of time spent at another Higher Education institution, even if the course was not completed.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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