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  • 3rd

    Criminology ranking in London

    Guardian University league tables 2017

  • 21st

    Criminology UK ranking

    Guardian University league tables 2017

  • 90%

    overall student satisfaction

    NSS 2017

About the Criminology Department

The study of criminology offers an insight into the complicated nature of crime and its effects on society. Our undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology courses enable you to investigate the causes of crime, criminality and the role of criminal justice. You will explore the reasons and the motivations for crime and the resources and structures that society has in place to combat it.

The questions of why crime happens and what makes criminality are answered by our professional team of tutors, tackling the often difficult questions about crime, criminality and society head on.

With a team of highly regarded experts leading the course, who are trusted by and regularly called upon by law enforcement agencies to share their experience, you will have an excellent introduction to the world of Criminology. 

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. 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 90% our students were satisfied with their Criminology course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

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. They bring this research into the classroom giving you topical trends and real life themes to work on.

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.

Dr Anthony Gunter, Principal Lecturer, has worked for ten years as a community and youth worker in east London, and 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.