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Study criminology in the UK

An in-depth guide to studying criminology in the UK as an international student

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What do criminology experts in UK say?

  • Eva Ribbers

    Eva Ribbers

    University of Portsmouth Teaching Fellow in Criminology and Criminal Justice & Global Engagement Lead
    Eva Ribbers says

    By studying criminology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies in the UK you will be immersing yourself in centuries of high-quality academic research and teaching. We have a long history of delivering criminology courses and offer a cutting-edge curriculum.

    UK universities have an impressive international reputation and rank among the best in the world. The UK has high standards of teaching and UK universities are inspected regularly by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete, whilst most postgraduate programmes last just one year, and enrolling in shorter courses means quicker graduation and less money spent on tuition and living expenses.

    UK education is recognised by employers, universities, and governments worldwide. Academic standards are of high prestige and your degree will provide you with a solid foundation to boost your potential for a higher salary and for finding the job you aspire.

    One of the largest departments of its kind, the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies draws together expertise across the range of criminal justice fields and has become an internationally renowned focal point for the multidisciplinary study of crime and criminal justice processes. We provide courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students from diverse backgrounds, using full-time, part-time and distance learning programs, within an environment that is strong in both research and professional links.

    As a student, you will have the opportunity to be taught by the world’s leading academics whilst developing confidence and a strong transferable skill set. You will learn about key issues in criminal justice and develop your understanding of the bodies involved in law enforcement while learning from experts in international and comparative criminology, probation, cybercrime, economic crime, forensics, and policing.

    Our criminology courses provide graduates with the skills to pursue a wide variety of careers related to, for example, policing, security, intelligence analysis, crime prevention, youth offending, fraud investigation, digital forensics, crime scene investigation and criminological research.

    Graduates may work with forensic science providers, as crime scene investigators, as crime/intelligence analysts, in local authority crime reduction pathways, on youth justice boards, in legal services, as fraud investigation officers, in voluntary agencies and in the commercial sector.

Top criminology programs in the UK

What are the top criminology undergraduate programs in the UK?

Bachelor's in criminology in the UK

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    Sociology and Criminology - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,120 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Law with Criminology - LLB University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Law with Criminology - LLB (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Criminology and Forensic Studies - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in criminology in the UK

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    Criminology & Psychology (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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What are the top criminology graduate programs in the UK?

Master's in criminology in the UK

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    Criminology - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Criminology and Criminal Justice - MA Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Criminology and Criminal Psychology - MSc University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Criminology - MA University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminology and Psychopathology - MSc London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Student reviews for criminology in the UK

  • Panna Kalman
    Hungary
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Portsmouth Criminology
    Tell us about studying criminology in the UK
    So far they seem to be good, The course structure is outstanding you can choose so many great subjects to study
  • Henriette Bendiksby
    Norway
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Portsmouth Criminology
    Tell us about studying criminology in the UK
    Very interesting. Good, relevant content. Many guest lecturers, working in the sector. Academic resources, like a writing tutor, available.
  • Melanie Delourme
    France
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Abertay University Criminology
    Tell us about studying criminology in the UK
    Lecturers are always available to help answer questions and support students. The course is well structured and clear which makes it easier to complete assignments.
  • Iga Gumulinska
    Poland
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Abertay University Criminology
    Tell us about studying criminology in the UK
    I really enjoyed it, lecturers were all very helpful and knowledgeable and you could tell they were passionate about what they were teaching.
  • Emma Loughran
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Abertay University Criminology
    Tell us about studying criminology in the UK
    Overall, I feel the coursework and accessibility to work is very good.