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Criminology and psychology

Criminology and Policing

Where education fights crime

  • 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.

    we achieved 90% overall satisfaction in NSS 2018, with 85% agreeing that the teaching on the course is satisfactory.

About us

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 - including how crime is dealt with, controlled and punished.

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 grounding in the world of criminology.

Crime often makes the news – and UEL experts regularly appear on television, radio and in the press to give opinion and analysis. We put this expertise to good use on our courses, where you’ll gain stimulating insights into high-profile issues.

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 why an impressive 90% of our students were satisfied with their criminology course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

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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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Our facilities

Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we’re committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building which provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It’s also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.

Both our libraries are open 24/7 during term time, giving you maximum flexibility about when you choose to study. As well as visiting our libraries in person, you can also take advantage of our growing collection of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases.

To ensure our students get the best possible support, we’ve opened brand-new Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses - at a cost of £3.1 million. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. They’re designed to be your first port of call if you have an enquiry or problem.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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We adopt a fresh and innovative approach to criminology at UEL, drawing together different disciplines – from law to psychology – to tackle major, topical issues.

Our 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. The staff have links with major policing and crime institutions across the world, including the United Nations and the Ministry of Justice, where direct experience of tackling crime on an international scale has given them the skills and expertise to make a real difference.

Dr Anthony Gunter, for example, 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. 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.



We have a strong reputation for teaching and research in criminology and everything we teach you is rooted in contemporary, practical application. We’re linked with leading organisations across the country and provide you with valuable up-to-the-minute insight that’s valued in the industry.

Studying criminology will put you on the path to a range of careers across the criminal justice sector and related fields. Graduates go on to work in the police, probation, social services, prisons, private security, community organisations, local government, charities, civil service, think tanks, journalism and academia. You’ll also develop highly sought-after transferable skills – including research, essay-writing, teamwork and communication – that will be attractive to employers in any field.

We have a superb employability team at UEL that works with students to find placements, projects, graduate schemes and full-time employment, combining careers advice with practical training in interview technique and CV writing.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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