Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Three years full-time
Three to four evenings a week, October to June
Other entry years for this course2018
Crime and criminal justice are the source of much public concern, fear and fascination. Generating ongoing controversy and debate, crime and criminal justice policy remain pressing issues within media, government and local communities. Yet the mix of factors that contribute to crime and the range of strategies for addressing crime are increasingly complex.
Studying this course at Birkbeck will provide you with the skills necessary to understand and assess the dilemmas of crime and justice in contemporary society. You will develop your ability to critically engage in key debates within the field, and gain the tools necessary to understand the social, political, economic and cultural contexts of crime, justice, security and disorder.
This course not only explores the worlds of prisons, courts, probation and the police, but grapples with broader social questions about order, regulation, surveillance and control.
The course is also available for.
- The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research. It is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought.
- The School of Law is also home to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) which carries out multidisciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system.
- We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
- Read about Birkbeck research that tackles the big issues and 'real world' questions facing law makers.
The BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to build your skills, knowledge and confidence through a balance of core courses, which cover key skills and concepts in the field, and a selection of option courses, which allow you to specialise in your own areas of interest.
In Year 1, you take four core modules.
In Year 2, you take four core modules. You also choose 60 credits' worth of option modules at Level 5.
In Year 3, you take two compulsory modules and choose 90 credits' worth of option modules at Level 6.
Option modules will be drawn from a range of topics within the broad field of criminology and criminal justice. Please note that you cannot take the same option module at Level 5 and at Level 6. Also, not all options will be available every year.
Year 1 core modules
- Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
- Sociology of Crime
- The Criminal Justice Process
- Understanding Crime
Year 2 core modules
- Advanced Crime and Law
- Crime and Law
- Critical Skills and Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice
Year 3 compulsory modules
Level 5 option modules
- Crime and Science (Level 5)
- Crime Fiction and the Law
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Criminal Evidence
- Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice
- Equality and Diversity
- Imprisonment and Justice
- Judicial Studies
- Law and Spatial Power
- Law, Anthropology and Colonialism
- Law, History, and Political Violence
- Organised Crime in Contemporary Society
- Policing and Society
- State Crime (level 5)
- Surveillance, Intelligence and Control
- Victims, Crime and Protection
- Work-Based Learning Module
- Youth Crime and Justice (Level 5)
Level 6 option modules
- Crime and Science (Level 6)
- Criminal Evidence (Level 6)
- European Perspectives on State Violence
- Free Will, Determinism and Responsibility: Critical Theory Perspectives on Criminal Justice
- Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
- Health and Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System
- Human Rights
- International Criminal Justice
- Judicial Studies
- Law and Disorder: The Criminal Law and Protest
- Law, History, and Political Violence
- Organised Crime in Contemporary Society (Level 6)
- Political Violence and Terrorism
- Researching the Workplace
- Restorative and Alternative Justice
- State Crime (level 6)
- Surveillance, Intelligence and Control (Level 6)
- Undergraduate Dissertation
- Victims, Crime and Protection (Level 6)
- White Collar and Corporate Crime
- Youth Crime and Justice
Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
UCAS tariff points
The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
Alternative entry routes
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in law, humanities or social science units.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 7000 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Lectures, seminars, discussion and independent study.
We employ a range of assessment tools, including independent research essays, seen and unseen examinations, group work, oral presentations, reflective journals, and creative and critical thinking exercises.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in criminal justice, public safety or social welfare. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community development worker, prison or probation officer, social worker or adult guidance worker. Find out more about these professions.
Read more information about careers using a criminology degree.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.
Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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