As a criminology student at the University of Roehampton, you will be able to explore these fascinating questions, drawing from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law.
Criminologists study crime, the criminal justice system and society’s response to the impact of criminal behaviour. On this exciting degree, you will study contemporary problems relating to crime prevention, criminalisation and social control.
During your time at Roehampton, you will develop a critical understanding of how the criminal justice system operates and the debates surrounding the relationship between punishment, rehabilitation and crime prevention.
Tackling both problems and solutions relating to harmful behaviours in society, we offer a wide range of stimulating modules that will build your knowledge over the three years you are with us. You will be introduced to the multitude of ways to think about and analyse crime, and be able to specialise in areas such as the regulation, control and punishment of young people in society, or mass incarceration, war crimes, terrorism and anti-terrorism.
Our BSc Criminology is all-encompassing, and further areas of study include punishment and prisons, gang culture, the criminal justice system and legislation, serial killers, and human trafficking. As a Roehampton graduate, you will become an independent, critical thinker, with the skills to analyse official and popular conceptions of crime.
You will not only learn about criminology, but also yourself as a criminologist. You will be able to use theory and evidence to solve problems, design your own research projects, and build the skills required to challenge current key ethical, political and moral questions about crime and justice.
- In your first year, you will develop a strong foundation in criminology by learning about the different theories relating to crime and examining the history of the criminal justice system.
- By undertaking your own criminological study and research, you will develop your skills in writing and presentation while being guided by our world-class academics, who will provide constructive feedback on your progress.
- You will begin to understand how the quest for a more just society is pursued from different perspectives, and begin to identify key areas of interest for your later studies.
- You will build your knowledge by exploring the ways crime theory can be applied to the study of criminal justice and contemporary issues relating to crime control.
- A range of diverse, optional modules will be available to you so that you can specialise in interests identified in your first year, including but not limited to the crimes of the powerful, media representations of crime, and criminal justice and domestic violence.
- Throughout your second year, you will develop your confidence in undertaking social scientific research, recognising different methodologies employed by criminologists and being able to critically analyse varying approaches.
- You will carry out an independent research project or dissertation based on your own interests and fieldwork, supervised by one of our expert teaching staff.
- You will also focus on the construction of social research and subsequent analysis of results, providing you with an excellent grasp of indispensable skills in criminology and the social sciences.
- There is further scope to choose flexible module options, which have recently included Drug Use and Policy, Family Criminology and Global Disorder, meaning that you can individualise your degree based on not only your interests, but your career ambitions after graduating.
This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.
The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.
Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.