“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 a national and international level.
Your studies will be framed by research from within our Crime and Conflict Research Centre (CCRC) where our areas of expertise include youth crime; community safety strategies; and inter-ethnic conflict.
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. 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.
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.
We normally make offers on 260 UCAS tariff points. GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required. BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas are also accepted. We accept Access to HE Diploma. Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.
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).
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.
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 here.
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.
BA Criminology student
“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).”