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How do you explain criminal behaviour? How should contemporary societies respond to, and punish, crime? If these questions interest you, then so will our criminology courses, which enable you to investigate the nature of crime, criminality and criminal justice.
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  • renowned experts

    Our staff are regularly called upon to provide advice to UK and overseas government departments, including the Home Office, US Department of Justice and the FBI.
  • the choice is yours

    You can tailor the course to your own interests with an impressive choice of 12 optional modules as you progress into your final year.
  • inspiring our students

    85 per cent of students rated our criminology courses as ‘intellectually stimulating’ in the 2014 National Student Survey.

Why us?

Crime often makes the news – and UEL experts regularly appear on television, radio and in the press to give expert opinion and analysis.

We put this expertise to good use on our courses, where you’ll gain stimulating insights into high-profile issues by studying the nature and causes of crime and how it is dealt with, controlled and punished.

From our ultra-modern teaching hub in University Square Stratford, you’ll be ideally placed to take advantage of the many crime-related debates, meetings and conferences in London. We encourage you to get involved with local voluntary sector groups and gain valuable work experience.
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Our criminology department has excellent relationships with government departments and international bodies, including the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and United Nations Roster of Terrorism Experts.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons our students gave our criminology courses an approval rating of 85 per cent in the 2014 National Student Survey.
Learning By Doing


It was fantastic - a really good course. My degree was essential in helping me to get a full-time job with the Met and I’d encourage anyone to volunteer in the community early on as it really backs up your theoretical learning.
Besnik Vrapi , BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, graduate
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What we’re researching

Our criminology team includes world-renowned experts and researchers in areas such as terrorism, gang crime, organised crime, youth justice, victim support and race, ethnicity and crime.

Professor Andrew Silke, Head of Criminology, has published more than 100 articles and books on terrorism, conflict, crime and policing. He has worked with numerous government departments and law enforcement and security agencies across the world. He serves on the United Nations Roster of Terrorism Experts and the European Commission’s European Network of Experts on Radicalisation.

Principal Lecturer Dr Anthony Gunter, who worked for ten years as a community and youth worker in east London, researches gangs and gang culture. He’s the author of Growing Up Bad.

Dr John Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, has research interests in subjects that include Northern Irish terrorism, the psychology of terrorism and international terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies.

All of our researchers bring their work into the lecture theatre and seminar room, so you can be sure you’ll have access to the most up-to-date thinking in this fascinating field.