"The knowledge, experience and skills that I gained were the most enjoyable aspect of my degree at Middlesex."Andrew Serghides, BA Criminology student
You will join one of the oldest university criminology departments in the world where we produce pioneering research to support policy development at the national and international level.
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.
Our 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.
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.
You will focus on the theoretical concepts of crime and criminality and gain a thorough grounding in the important elements of criminology that will enable you to progress to postgraduate study, or begin your career within a criminal justice setting.
All staff are involved in researching key issues related to crime and justice, and the findings of their research will influence your learning and research skills. As such you will learn to understand the factors that influence criminological research, policy and practice.
Throughout the course you will take part in active debates affecting policy, in areas such as the relationship between the police and the public, reform of the prison and probation services, and the working of the criminal courts. We also use current events in the media to stimulate theoretical, philosophical and political debates, which will help to sharpen your critical thinking skills.
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 from within the system, which can support and inform your thinking and help you produce original and progressive academic work.
A degree in Criminology allows you to develop a suite of professional skills to equip you for success in your career journey, such as analytical and research skills; written and oral communication; and IT skills.
You will develop excellent awareness of how policy is created, interpreted and implemented, and how this informs society. You will also be able to draw on a wide range of criminological theories and concepts in order to develop a debate or discussion and to justify your conclusions.
You will develop advanced analytical skills that will enable you to critically evaluate a wide range of materials including theory and policies, strategies, and operational plans.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing students to the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. Students will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.
This module introduces students to recent developments in criminological theory and research. As well as familiarising you with a substantial range of contemporary theoretical perspectives in criminology it will introduce you to central themes and substantive concerns central to current criminological research. In particular, we'll focus on the consequences of globalisation and neoliberal politics on patterns of crime and social control in the Global North, looking at issues such as: terrorism, state crime, cybercrime and environmental crime.
This module aims to discuss the dynamics of interpersonal violence and its control, with an additional focus on the links between sex and violence. Together we'll learn about the social and spatial parameters of violent crime; the possible causes and explanations for why violent crime happens (are we born violent or do we learn how to be violent?); theoretical and layperson perspectives on violence; the forms that violence can take; and how violence can be gendered. Current prison forensic psychologists will also help you to understand how violent, and sexually violent, offenders are managed within the prison environment.
You will attend lectures, workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials, and will work on weekly assignments, practical exercises and presentations. You will supplement all this with your own independent study, and will do a dissertation in your final year.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a paid work placement, which we will help you to find. This could be in a prison, a local authority, a research institution or even with the Home Office. We also offer a Special Constabulary module.
You will be assessed through exams, portfolios, essays and reports.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Law and Social Sciences foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or interview.
Middlesex Criminology graduates have been successful at gaining employment in a wide range of organisations, including the following: The Metropolitan Police, The National Offender Management Service, Jural Legal Services, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Court Service, and local government community safety, youth services, housing and environmental services, and drug and alcohol support services.
Many of our graduates have gone on to develop careers in a wide range of third sector organisations including those that deal with victim support, offender and drug rehabilitation, and community based private projects often with the young and the elderly.
Alongside placements, we encourage students to participate in community based voluntary work. We work with employers to enable students to take on part time voluntary work to develop their professional skills.
For example, Dr Anthony Goodman 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.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
"I have always been interested in understanding criminal behaviour, and wanted to gain a theoretical understanding to add to, and improve on, my previous policing perception. I particularly enjoyed the 'Institutions of Criminal Justice' module which required court visits to both Magistrates' and Crown Courts. However, on the whole, the knowledge, experience, and skill that I have gained throughout the course are collectively the most enjoyable aspect of my undergraduate degree at Middlesex.
"Prior to studying Criminology, I was sure that I wanted to join the Metropolitan Police. While this remains an option for the future, my current priority lies in further education and I am presently looking at applying for a GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law)."