“My experience at Middlesex has been unforgettable. I loved every aspect of my course and found the lecturers and staff helpful and supportive.” Afua Agyeman, Criminology (Criminal Justice)
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.
Our criminology degree 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. Many of our academics also bring extensive professional experience from within agencies such as the Home Office, the police and the probation service. 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.
Theoretical concepts of crime lie at the heart of this course, and you will study the various control mechanisms that have, or are being used, to reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. You will study the criminal justice system in-depth and the complex relationship of its key agencies - the police, the probation service, the criminal courts and prisons - and discover how they interact.
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 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 to produce original and progressive academic work.
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 accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
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 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 audition.
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; data research; critical analysis; oral, written and visual communication; reasoned debate; understanding theoretical concepts; and policy analysis, are highly valued by employers across all sectors.
Over the past few years, our students have gone on to a wide range of graduate jobs including the following posts: police officers, data analysts, junior civil servants, and trainee outreach workers.
Our graduates have been employed by a wide range of organisations including the following: The Metropolitan and County police services across the UK, The National Offender Management Service, The Home Office, local authorities in London and across the UK, and The UK Border Agency.
In addition, many 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.
The professional links that many of our academic staff have means that we are able to provide access to placement opportunities across many of the public and voluntary crime agencies. We also maintain long established links with universities in Belgium, Holland, Greece, Portugal, Germany and the USA and offer many opportunities to study abroad.
Criminology (Criminal Justice)
“My experience at Middlesex has been unforgettable. I have loved every aspect of my course and have found the lecturers and staff to be helpful and supportive. I have also gained lifetime memories and made wonderful friends that I will stay in touch with. Middlesex has opened doors to many opportunities for me, and I know for certain that it will continue to do the same for future students.
“I have found the lectures really useful as they have helped further my knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of various criminology-based topics. I also thoroughly enjoyed the seminars as they are more interactive and therefore push me to input in class.”