Criminology and Criminal Justice (BSc): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved




Three years full-time


Three to four evenings a week, October to June

Other entry years for this course


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 part-time evening study over four years.

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Course structure

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.

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Year 1 core modules

Year 2 core modules

Year 3 compulsory modules

Level 5 option modules

Level 6 option modules

Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.

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