Course Length: Full-time 3 years
Course starts: Induction from October 2013; EU and International student orientation from September 2013
Whilst the focus of the Criminology degree at Middlesex in London is on the theoretical concepts of crime and criminality, it has a sufficiently broad spectrum that will enable you to understand how various organisations operate within the Criminal Justice System. For those contemplating a position within the Criminal Justice System this is essential knowledge that will assist in their chosen career.
The Criminology degree aims to
- Support the acquisition of knowledge and skills in criminology
- Encourage your development of a critical approach to your studies, evaluating theory and evidence accordingly
- Prepare you to be a participant in society through an awareness and understanding of crime and crime control in society
- Equip you in effective written, oral and IT communications skills
- Develop your analytical, research and graduate skills relevant to a range of professions
- Encourage you to develop as an autonomous learner; and instil a culture of lifelong learning in you
- Provide a thorough grounding in major areas of criminology that will enable you to progress to postgraduate training and education
Based at our Hendon campus in London, you will gain knowledge and understanding through active participation in a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, weekly assignments and practical exercises, tutorials, e-mail support, independent self-directed study and-or experiential learning
- 12 active researchers in the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, involved in projects such as trans-national organised crime; youth crime; community safety strategies; crime and deviance, inter-ethnic conflict
- Work based projects possible for those with experience in the criminal justice system
- Placement year available - our excellent links with London-based criminal justice organisations have lead to superb placement opportunities.
Metropolitan Police Crime Academy
Dr Robin Fletcher has developed close links with the Metropolitan Police Crime Academy at Hendon, formally the MPS Detective Training School. The most senior homicide detectives have enrolled onto a validated postgraduate work based learning course. This new course has allowed senior police officers to gain academic merit from skills developed in the work place.
Criminological theory underpins the ways in which governments, organisations and the Criminal Justice System respond to crime and anti-social behaviour through policy, strategy and tactics. This programme examines those criminological theories that have driven contemporary crime policy since the middle of the 20th century.
This programme is based at our flagship Hendon campus.
- Year 1
- Contemporary Social Structures (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module introduces first year students to the study of contemporary social structures and the specialised institutions and associated organizations which comprise such. In particular, the module examines the established institutions which regulate the various activities that make up social life and help shape the culture and beliefs of society. The interrelationship between different institutions, organizations and social groups is also explored.
- Crime and Control in Social Context (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Crime forms part of our everyday lives and the key objective of the module will be to introduce students to the relationship between crime, control and society. It will examine key issues such as how we define crime and deviance, how we know about crime, and how crime is represented by the media. It will examine how crime is responded to and controlled within the criminal justice system and by society, and will look into dimensions of crime such as gender, age, ethnicity, social and economic disadvantage.
- Explaining Crime (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- To introduce students to the leading criminological explanations of crime as developed from the late 19th century to the late 1970s. The module focuses upon levels of explanation examining individualistic, sociological, political and radical theories of crime.
- Skills and Methods in Criminology and Sociology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for their level 2 and level 3 studies. Working through the medium of substantive criminological and sociological materials, this module aims to equip students with the required level one learning they will need for further study, and introduces them to the building-blocks of academic work, knowledge and understanding in criminology and sociology.
UK/EU students is £9,000.
International students is £10,400.
We normally make offers on a minimum of 260 UCAS tariff points, Advanced and Progression Diplomas at Equivalent to the above.
We normally require 260 tariff points for entry onto undergraduate courses. However, some degrees may require additional entry requirements, for example a portfolio or an audition.
For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email email@example.com.
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for this course which is shown at the top of the page.
International students from outside the EU can make a direct application. We have a network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application. They have worked with people from your region coming to Middlesex before and can help. Read more on international applications
We encourage all students to take part in voluntary work within the community. We encourage employers to work with the university and take students part time to develop their work based skills. For example, Dr Anthony Goodman has developed a pioneering opportunity with Les Quinn of the Islington Youth Offending Team (YOT) to enable students to gain experience with young Offenders. Since employers increasingly require prior experience this allows students to become more marketable when seeking employment once they have graduated.
A variety of careers are open to criminology graduates. These include:
- Local Authorities: including, for example Community Safety; Youth services; Youth Offending Team; Social work; research; crime analyst; housing and environmental health DAAT worker (Drugs and Alcohol case worker)
- The National Offender Management System (NOMS). Formerly the prison service and the probation service, now re-named and re-organised. Opportunities include offender managers to supervise offenders in the community. (Training provided)
- The police. This can take the form of either police officer, police community support officer, member of the civilian staff who support the police or other support worker
- The legal system (with possibly some legal training) either as a support or case worker for the Crown Prosecution service (CPS) or solicitors' offices as a legal representative or in private chambers.
- The voluntary sector as a Victim support worker and care worker
- Agencies also advertise for students who graduate in Criminology in areas relating to community based private projects often with the young and the elderly.
Middlesex graduates from this course have been successful at gaining employment in the following roles: Special Constable, Case Worker, Team Leader, Extended Opps Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Claims Consultant
Middlesex graduates from this course are working in a wide range of organisations including the following: the Metropolitan Police, Jural Legal Services, Hillingdon Council, London Underground, Women In Prison, Grazing Hill Law.
Research forms an integral part of the of the Criminology department at Middlesex and staff are actively engaged in research on a number of criminological issues.
Recently, projects have focused on the experience of young people as victims of crime - research by David Porteous, Dr Caroline Chatwin, Dr Denise Martin, Dr Tony Goodman and Professor Kevin Stenson took place in schools in Newham in London, in conjunction with the local council.
Dr Denise Martin, a Lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow Nicola McKenzie are about to begin a 12 month project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on Secondary School Teacher’s experience of Violence in the workplace. This research will take place in schools in North London and Hertfordshire and will explore the rising levels of verbal and physical abuse experienced by teachers at the hands of pupils, parents and the public. The research also aims to investigate how schools and the government are tackling this issue and whether these strategies are effective.
Research profiles with various boroughs
Criminology at Middlesex University has developed strong links through research with the several London Boroughs- Barnet, Harrow, Newham, Enfield, Lambeth, Brent, Hounslow and Haringey.
For example an evaluation of Newham’s Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Course (ISSP) was carried out in 2001. In 2003, research was undertaken on the issue of dealing with interpreters within the sphere of Probation. This required research and production of a video and good practice guide.
A two-part Street Lighting evaluation in Burnt Oak commenced in 2002 and 2005 working with Barnet Community Safety Partnership. In 2003/4 a research grant was awarded to the Criminology department at Middlesex to research Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) within the London Borough of Barnet.
Other recent projects include:
- an evaluation in to youth services in Hounslow was also undertaken
- research project within the London Borough of Harrow that involved an audit of Crime, Drugs and Disorder within the borough as part of their tri-annual legal requirement
- Harrow Community Safety Partnership also offered research work to evaluate a crime prevention initiative called the 'Safe home project’
- a research grant was awarded by the London Borough of Barnet for an audit of Crime, Disorder and Drugs within the borough as part of their tri-annual legal requirement.
This has been compiled by Dr Denise Martin, Dr Peter Kennison, Dr Tony Goodman, Dr Robin Fletcher and Prof. Vincenzo Ruggiero