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Criminology (Policing) Honours, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #401 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
The police are a key agent within criminal justice and our degree, taught by leading academics, studies policing in-depth. Through this Criminology (Policing) Honours degree at the Middlesex University, you will use insights from our internationally renowned research to inform your studies.
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Why study BA Criminology (Policing) Honours at Middlesex University?

The Criminology (Policing) BA Honours degree was one of the first in the world and our department continues to produce internationally revered research to investigate models of crime.

You will study at the centre of new criminology research, ensuring you graduate with knowledge of the latest developments in criminal justice. You will gain specialist expertise in policing through studying this fascinating strand of criminology, which can also fast track your entry into the police force. Policing is a complex and intricate process that requires you to learn the political, social and economic contexts that impact its effectiveness, and investigate the many forms of criminal activity from white collar crime to gang culture.

Our excellent links with employers in the criminal justice system have led to prestigious placement opportunities, to build vital professional experience within the criminal justice system

This course is not only for those seeking to join the police force but it is also for those seeking to understand how society is policed and who have an interest in law enforcement and conducting investigations into criminal activity.

Course highlights

  • Our links with the Metropolitan and Hertfordshire police enable us to 'fast track' applications into the Special Constabulary: currently the only entry point into the police service
  • 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
  • You will have the opportunity to be credited for volunteering as a police Special Constable
  • You may select from an exciting and varied choice of elective modules utilising contemporary knowledge of the criminal justice system
  • Our leading academics provide a supportive learning environment, helping you to achieve the best possible academic results
  • We have a series of workshops and field trips involving qualified speakers from outside agencies
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.


The degree is an excellent foundation for a career within the police force or the wider criminal justice system. While a degree in criminology will ordinarily lead to employment within the general field of criminal justice, the skills of data research, critical analysis, oral, written and visual communication, reasoned debate, understanding theoretical concepts, and policy analysis can be transferred to many other areas of employment.

Recent graduates from across our criminology courses have gained successful employment with youth offender teams, the police service, the probation service, social work, local authority crime analyst departments, victim support schemes and drug mentoring.

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 
  • Policing 
Year 3
  • Dissertation 
  • Gangs and Group Offending 
  • Violent Crime 
  • Justice, Punishment and Human Rights
  • Organised and White Collar Crime 
  • Environmental Justice and Green Criminology 
  • Special Constabulary and Cadet Leadership 
  • Children as Victims and Offenders 
  • Forensic Mental Health and Offending 
  • Homicide and Serious Crime Investigation 

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.

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
    Living Costs

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