Year of entry2018
Start dateOctober 2018
Four years part-time
Two to three evenings a week, October to June
Other entry years for this course2017
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 also 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 approaches to law and criminology.
- You will be taught by research-active academics whose work challenges traditional understandings of crime and criminal justice and who commited to interdisciplinary, socially-engaged research.
- Our academic staff are internationally recognised authorities in their fields, delivering stimulating and relevant teaching programmes.
- 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. ICPR also publishes the World Prison Brief, a unique databsase that provides free access to information about prison systems throughout the world.
- Dedicated academic skills workshops are run at Birkbeck by our Learning Development Tutor, who can advise on essay writing, time-management, efficient reading and note-making, giving presentations and participating in seminars.
- In the 2016 National Student Survey, 97% of Birkbeck BSc Criminology students found the degree to be intellectually stimulating and 94% of students said that as a result of the course, they felt confident in tackling unfamiliar problems.
- 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 three core modules.
In Year 2, you take three core modules. You also choose option modules worth 30 credits.
In Year 3, you take two core modules and choose option modules worth 60 credits.
In Year 4, you take two compulsory modules and choose option modules worth 60 credits.
You choose 60 credits' worth of options at Level 5 and 90 credits' worth of options 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
Year 2 core modules
- Critical Skills and Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
- Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice
Year 3 core modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Level 5 option modules
- Borders, Migration and Criminal Justice (Level 5)
- Crime and Science (Level 5)
- Crime Fiction and the Law
- Crime, Law and Performance (Level 5)
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Criminal Evidence
- Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice
- Equality and Diversity
- Imprisonment and Justice
- Judicial Studies
- Law and Spatial Power
- 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
- Borders, Migration and Criminal Justice (Level 6)
- Crime and Science (Level 6)
- Crime, Law & Performance (Level 6)
- Criminal Evidence (Level 6)
- European Perspectives on State Violence
- Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
- 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)
- 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.
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.
Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
Fees (2017/8)Part-time home/EU students: £ 5250 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
The School of Law employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies to ensure learning outcomes are achieved. In particular we promote learning through lectures, seminars, virtual learning environments, student-led study groups facilitated by the School, private tutorials, web-based independent skills tutorials, weekend and pre-sessional skills workshops, public lectures and research seminars.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.
Methods of assessment on this course
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.
As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.
Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.
Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.
Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.
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.
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.
Average salary six months after the course: £30000
Data from 20 students.
70% of those surveyed responded
Source: Destinations of leavers from HE record
Go on to work and/or study:
Data from 50 students.
65% of those surveyed responded
Source: Destinations of leavers from HE record
- Go on to work and/or study
- Now working: 60%
- Doing further study: 25%
- Studying and working: 5%
- Unemployed: 5%
- Other: 10%
Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.
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
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.
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
We encourage early application.
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.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
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