University of East London

BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

If you're interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies, our Criminology and Criminal Justice course is for you.

As a criminology student you'll investigate the nature of crime and criminality, studying society's response through the criminal justice system. You'll learn how societies try to control and punish crime and disorder, gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of this fascinating subject.

Criminology takes a social sciences approach by studying and classifying crime, and exploring theories around criminal behaviour. As well as the theory, you'll learn how society deals with criminal behaviour by studying institutions and roles such as the police, courts, prisons and probation service.

The course offers a wide choice of options in your final year and you'll be expected to undertake an independent piece of research on a relevant topic of particular interest to you.

Our Foundation year course is perfect if you want a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice but you don't meet the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include pass at A2 Level in at least 1 subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0/5.5 (With Foundation Year) with a minimum of 6.0/5.5 (With Foundation Year) in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Our Criminology graduates have found work in a wide variety of roles. Some have pursued a career in a related field while others have used the transferable skills they have learnt in other areas.

The course has a strong focus on preparing you for the world of work, with a specific employability module in year two. This is geared towards providing you with the best advice on preparing yourself for the job market and applying for jobs.

While a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is focused on your future career, it doesn't limit your options. You'll learn a host of skills that will appeal to many employers, including writing and presenting, the ability to make a case, meet deadlines and work independently.
Students have found jobs in a number of related areas, such as:

  • The police, prison and probation services
  • Central and local government
  • Social work
  • Voluntary organisations, including victim support groups.

While these roles are particularly suited to students with a criminology degree, our graduates have also found employment in fields such as market research, journalism and the public sector. Some have also gone on to postgraduate study.

To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

Course Details

We recently revised this course to ensure you benefit from the most up-to-date ideas, concepts and research in this evolving field of study.

In the first two years you'll gain a solid grounding in the subject through an introduction to criminology and criminal justice. You'll study contemporary issues in criminology, the legal framework, research methods, applied criminology and professional practice, and crime, deviance and social history.

In your last year, you'll be able to research a relevant topic of your choice in a final project. Recent student projects include the impact of police stop-and-search policies in ethnic communities and the psychology of serial killers. The choice is yours.

You'll also be able to choose from a wide variety of optional modules, including drug trafficking, mentally disordered offenders, terrorism, prison studies and football hooliganism. You can also choose to take a work-based learning module, where you will apply learning from volunteering or work experience to your academic studies.

Foundation Year


Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Mental Wealth
Exploring Communities as Social Scientists
Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Researching Changing Communities
Reimagining Work As A Social Scientist
Reading the Body Psychosocially


Introduction to Digital Sociology
Globalisation & Society

Year 1

Introduction to Crime and Punishment
Developing Skills for Justice (MW)
Applied Criminology (Term 1)
Research Skills in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Term 2)
Contemporary Issues in Criminology
Criminal Justice Process (Term 2)

Year 2

Theoretical Criminology (Term 1)
Crime and Social History
Essential Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 1)
Crime Policy into Practice (Term 2)
Policing and Society: Critical Perspectives
Applied Research & Evaluation (Term 2)

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3


Leadership Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 2)


Cybercrime (Term 1)
Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (Term 1)
Youth Crime and Gangs Policy
Work-based learning in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Term 1 and 2)
Policing and Criminal Investigation (Term 2)
Mentally Disordered Suspects, Defendants and Offenders
Psychological Criminology

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