Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

With crime frequently in the news and always an important issue, criminology has never been more relevant. The Criminology BA Honours aims to enthuse, inspire and equip you with the skills for a successful career in today's competitive job market.

Criminology draws on a wide range of human and social science disciplines, and the course has been designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of criminology as an interdisciplinary subject area. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Westminster's criminologists are concerned with who commits crimes and how offenders should be punished, but at the heart of criminology are fundamental questions about how 'crime' is defined, how criminal law is made, and how definitions of crime and justice vary historically and cross-culturally. Where better to study this fascinating discipline than in the heart of the UK's policing and criminal justice systems? Contemporary concerns are reflected as the subject engages with globalisation and culture throughout the theoretical, qualitative and the empirical.

Our graduates go on to develop careers in a wide range of sectors including the police and policing-support organisations, the Probation Service, local government and crime prevention.

The course is organised around three distinctive themes – justice, human rights, and crime in its local and global contexts. However, the wide range of core and option modules cover an extensive range of topics including processes of criminalisation and victimisation; the social, legal and cultural meanings of crime; the causes and organisation of crime and deviance at all levels; understanding crime in relation to class, gender, race and ethnicity, religious faith, and sexuality; and the practical and political processes of preventing and managing crime.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, independent study, and 'off-site' learning such as visits and field walks which make use of Westminster's central London location.

Assessment methods may include essays, debates, criminal justice policy analyses, individual and group presentations, exams, statistical analyses, and your dissertation.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Crime and the London Underworld
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • The Criminological Imagination

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Forensic Criminal Psychology
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Globalisation, Crime and Control
  • Race, Crime and Justice
  • Radical Criminology
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Criminological Research in Action
  • Dissertation
  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Media and Crime
  • Psychology Crime and the Popular Imagination
  • Punishment and Modern Society
  • Victims of Crime
  • Work Experience in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBC

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma / National Diploma – DMM / D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Find out more

Studying Criminology

The Regent Campus experience

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

 

Contact us

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