Criminology, BA Hons

Criminology, BA Hons

BA Criminology at Greenwich is contemporary, global and critical. By studying criminology at the extremes - comparing street crime with large-scale state crimes - this programme demonstrates that the causes, consequences and prevention of crime operate at the local, national and international levels. The programme's courses cover key transnational issues including security, terrorism, cyber-crime and the criminology of war. 

Over the course of the degree programme, students will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, criminal profiling and the Criminal Justice System. In the second year, students learn how to carry out research on crime and criminals, which equips them for a final-year research project on a criminological topic of their choice. 

The programme is designed to enhance students' academic knowledge, develop their key skills, and provide transferable skills to aid future employment. Students are encouraged to volunteer with various Criminal Justice agencies during their time at Greenwich. In the final year of the programme students are provided with the opportunity to undertake a work-based placement with a Criminal Justice agency.

UCAS code

M211 G BA/Crim




Greenwich Campus


3 years full-time; please contact us for details of part-time study

Entry requirements

For entry in September 2016:

300 UCAS points overall which should include at least 260 UCAS points from A2 A-Level. (General Studies is not accepted.) We are also happy to consider equivalent-level qualifications including BTECs, the International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers and Irish Highers.

PLUS GCSEs in English Language* and Maths at grade C or above

* If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

  • You may be invited to interview
  • Entry requirements may be subject to change - please check with the School of Law's admissions team before making your application.


Usually based on a mixture of examination and coursework, assessment can include presentations/group work, essays and examinations. The programme employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and seminars are dynamic and interactive. Activities may include role play, real-world problem-solving, speed debates, presentations, project supervision, work-based placements and tutorials, and, where possible, field trips.

Career options

Potential career paths include the police and prison and security services, the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration and HM Revenue & Customs. Alternative career paths include social work, child protection, mental health, community safety and crime reduction, and working for the Youth Justice Board. In addition, the programme provides a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.


We regularly update our programmes to reflect the ever-changing nature of the discipline, so the programme structure, mode and the courses and course structure can be subject to change.

The structure of the programme currently running (i.e. the programme which commenced in September 2015) is shown below, for illustrative purposes only. For details of the mode, content and structure of the programme to run from September 2016, which may differ from what is shown below, please contact the School of Law (

Structure for the programme that started in 2015:

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

Students are also required to choose 60 credits from this list of options:

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

Students are also required to choose 90 credits from this list of options:

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

If you have any query about the programme, please contact the School of Law.

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