BA (Hons) Criminology and Law
Business and Law
Criminology and Law are a perfect fit, combining a social science approach to crime with an understanding of core legal principles and institutions.
You’ll learn about the causes and consequences of crime through a study of the current theories, issues and debates, backed by an understanding of the criminal justice system and its institutions and roles such as the police, courts, prisons and probation service.
And you’ll explore the inter-relationships between the law, individuals and society, studying how the law fits into the social, political and cultural context of the society we live in.
You should note that this very popular course does not provide exemption from the academic stage of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister. Please see our LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology if this interests you.
Our students gave us an 86% overall satisfaction rating in 2017's National Student Survey.
Learn from the best
Our criminology and law experts carry out world-leading research and are often in frequent demand by governments and the media to provide expert analysis, comment and advice.
Study at our ultra-modern £33 million campus at University Square Stratford and you’ll benefit from superb facilities such as our dedicated chamber for moots and mock trials.
Criminology and Law, (BA Hons)
It was fantastic - a really good course. I learned a huge amount and this backed up my practical work experience as a special constable. 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.
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What you'll learn
This course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the law and its place in the criminal justice system.
In the first two years you’ll build firm foundations by studying the fundamentals of the subjects, taking modules that include the Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Legal System and Legal Methods and Criminal Law.
In your final year you’ll be expected to complete a large, independently researched project on a relevant topic that interests you. Plus you’ll have a choice of 23 distinctive options to tailor the course to suit your motivations and interests.
These final-year options include Global Illicit Drug Trafficking, Civil and Criminal Litigation, Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice, and Introduction to Islamic Law.
You’ll be encouraged to ‘learn by doing’ by taking the chance to gain work experience and take an active role in student clubs and societies.
What you'll study and when
- Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)
- Contemporary Issues of Youth Justice and Criminology (core)
- The Legal System and Legal Methods (core)
- Constitutional and Administrative Law (core)
- Research Methods in Criminology (core)
- Applied Criminology & Professional Practice (core)
- Criminal Law (core)
- Human Rights (core)
- Project (option)
- Global Illicit Drug Trafficking (optional)
- Mentally-disordered Defendants & Suspects (optional)
- Preventing and Correcting Offending Behaviour (optional)
- Prison Studies (optional)
- Terrorism Studies (optional)
- Psychological Criminology (optional)
- Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (optional)
- Youth Crime and Sub-culture (optional)
- Work-based learning (optional)
- Football Hooliganism (optional)
- Surveillance, Technology and Society (optional)
- Psychosocial Perspectives on Criminal Behaviour (optional)
- Civil and Criminal Litigation (optional)
- Client Practice (optional)
- Evidence (optional)
- Human Rights in the Developing World (optional)
- Intellectual Property Law (optional)
- Introduction to Islamic Law (optional)
- Immigration Law (optional)
- Law and Society in Africa (optional)
- Media Law (optional)
- Public International Law (optional)
How you'll be assessed
We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, reflective reports, group and seminar presentations. You’ll be given plenty of feedback to help you improve.
You will also have the chance to complete a work-based learning module, where you’ll be assessed on your practical work, and in your final year you’ll complete a project based on independent research.Course specification
How you will learn
Teaching methods vary throughout the course but you’ll find this variety to be stimulating and challenging. You’ll learn by lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and individual supervision, supported by digital materials, notes and handbooks.
You’ll be expected to do your own independent study to build on your learning. University is more demanding than school or college in what it expects from you, so you’ll need to be motivated to earn your degree.
Our lecturers have strong links with government, industry and the wider academic community, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to learn outside of the lecture theatre and seminar room.
If you play an active role throughout the course, joining in with debates and attending guest talks, conferences and events, you’ll enhance your learning and find that the more you put in, the more you get out.
You’ll be encouraged to volunteer or undertake work experience to broaden your experience and learn in ways that academic study alone can’t give you. And you may be expected to do some work in groups with other students to gain fresh perspectives.
Your future career
UEL Criminology and Law graduates have found work in a wide variety of roles, with some pursuing a career in related fields while others have used the transferable skills they learned to pursue other opportunities.
The course has a strong focus on preparing for employment, with a specific employability module in year two geared towards providing you with the best advice on preparing for the job market and applying for jobs.
Whether you decide to pursue a directly relevant career or not, you’ll learn skills that appeal to employers in any sector, including writing and presenting, the ability to make a case, meet deadlines and work independently.
Students have found jobs in a number of related areas, such as:
▪ The police, prison and probation services
▪ Central and local government
▪ Social work
▪ Voluntary organisations and charities.
Our graduates have also found roles in other fields, such as market research, journalism, teaching and other public-sector roles, or gone on to postgraduate study.
To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.
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