Criminology (Policing) BA Honours

You’ll get to grips with policing’s important role within the criminal justice system and understand the effect of crime on society.


3 years full-time




$11,300 (CA) $15,800 (INT)

Course Summary

Our criminology degree is one of the first in the world and we are one of the best universities for criminology in the CA. Focusing on policing, you’ll learn all about this fascinating aspect of criminology and the social, economic and political context in which it exists. If you are part of the policing specialisation, it can also help your entry into the full police force. If you’re not looking to join the police, that’s okay too – this course is also for those who want to understand policing in society, and for those with an interest in law enforcement and investigations into criminal activity. You’ll build your skills through a range of modules designed to give you the space to learn about the criminal justice system. Studying the role of the police, you’ll learn about them as a controlling mechanism in society; detecting crime, preserving law and order, engagement with the community, and examining policing at a local, national and international level. You’ll gain the ability to evaluate theory, practices and policies when it comes to criminology and policing. You’ll be skilled in understanding how policy is created and implemented, as well as how it’s developed and interpreted. During your criminology studies, there are also opportunities to undertake a work placement. Previous students have worked in organisations like the Barnet Youth Offending Team, Prisoners Abroad and Belmarsh Prison. Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you’re an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their first hand experience. Graduates of this course have gone on to work with the Metropolitan Police, as an aviation security officer, and on the parole board among other roles. If policing is something you’re interested in, this is the course for you.

Course Content

You will study the role of the police as a controlling mechanism and critically examine the models used to: preserve law and order; detect and reduce crime; engage with the community; and examine the function of the police at a local, national and international level. You will learn to understand the intricacies of the criminal justice system and discover how different agencies such as the police, probation service, courts and prisons interact. Because our degree offers a theoretical approach to policing, you will develop a strategic understanding of its systems, placing you one step ahead in your career. Contemporary issues of policing such as homicide, cybercrime, gangs, organised crime, mental health will also be explored. You will develop research skills that will enable you to analyse a range of publications in both print and digital from within government criminal justice agencies and other informed organisations. You will develop advanced analytical skills that will enable you to critically evaluate a wide range of materials including theory and policies, strategies, and operational plans. You will know how to use theory and current policy examples to argue effectively, critically evaluate and understand different forms of policing and investigation. You will develop excellent awareness of how policy is created, interpreted and implemented, and how this informs society. You will also be able to draw on a wide range of criminological theories and concepts in order to develop a debate or discussion and to justify your conclusions.

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