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Study criminology in the UK

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What types of criminology degrees can you study in the UK?

There are a number of criminology sub-disciplines or specializations you can study if you’re interested in a specific area of the subject. Some common types of criminology programs you could study include:

  • Penology
  • Criminal justice
  • Biocriminology
  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic science
  • Policing

Criminology programs are often offered combined with another subject, for example criminology and psychology or criminology and sociology. This means it’s possible to study criminology while focussing on a specific area and subject.

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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    Criminology - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,696 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Criminology and Law - BA (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,295 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,150 GBP

    Start date
    September, February, April
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    Business and Management and Criminology - BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,059 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science and Criminology - BA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Criminology and Criminal Justice - BSc (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,052 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,100 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in criminology in the UK

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    Law with Criminology - Cert HE University of Essex International College, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,246 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,475 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, March, May, July
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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 Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,104 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Criminology, Gender and Sexualities - MA University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Criminology - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,512 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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    Criminology and Criminal Investigations - MSc Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,416 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Criminology (Campus Based) - MSc Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,257 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,905 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, February
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Doctorate in criminology in the UK

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    Criminology - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,512 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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Diploma in criminology in the UK

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    Criminology and Criminal Psychology - PGDip University of Essex International College, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,552 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,285 GBP

    Start date
    October, January, April, July
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Certificate in criminology in the UK

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    Criminology and Criminal Psychology - PGCert University of Essex International College, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,276 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,143 GBP

    Start date
    October, January, April, July
    Show program overview about PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology

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.