Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time



Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

Explore the nature and social impact of crime and investigate the subject from a critical and sociological perspective. You'll graduate with the skills and experience suitable for a wide range of careers in the policy, legal, criminal justice, academic and civil sectors. You could find a job as a youth worker, counsellor, police or probation officer – or pursue a career in human rights, counter-terrorism or the intelligence services.

Why study BA Criminology at Goldsmiths?

  • Issues of social inequality and justice are brought to the foreground in this degree. You’ll learn how race, gender, class and nationality connect to crime and control, taking an international perspective to explore differences across the globe.
  • You'll be taught by researchers at the cutting edge of criminological and sociological research on urban crime, control and security, and globalisation and crime. And, as part of a tight-knit group of students, you'll benefit from the support and expertise of your teachers throughout your degree.
  • Modules such as Criminal Justice in Context give you the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in criminal justice, policy and campaigning sectors, offering up to date knowledge.
  • You’ll have access to a range of work placements and volunteer opportunities and we’ll help you find an organisation that suits you. You might take part in training to support a victim of crime, attend court, or mentor young people.
  • You'll learn how to research. Being able to gather and analyse different types of information from a wide variety of sources is a vital skill in the digital age where there is a lot of information but a shortage of truth.
  • You'll be taught by experts in the social sciences, as well as those involved with and who have experience of criminal justice.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor, Dr Brett St Louis.

What you'll study

What you study

This programme will allow you to consider the subject of criminology from a sociological perspective. You will study:

  • how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order
  • explanations for why people commit ‘crime’
  • how governments respond to ‘crime’, and how they might respond differently
  • the history and development of criminology as a discipline
  • social control, policing, surveillance and security
  • crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence
  • practical cases and stories from people working in and with experience of the criminal justice system
  • research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics

You'll learn to consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power. You will develop a practical, but conceptually sophisticated, set of skills that will equip you for a range of careers in the sector and beyond.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Crime, Control and the State 30 credits
Imaginative Criminology 30 credits
Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
Researching Society and Culture 1A 15 credits
Researching Society and Culture 1B 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

You take these compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
The Making of the Modern World 15 credits
Explaining Crime 30 credits
Criminal Justice in Context 15 credits
Crimes Against Humanity 15 credits
Researching Society and Culture 2A 15 credits
Researching Society and Culture 2B 15 credits

You also choose one option module. Those available recently have included:

Module title Credits
Sex, Drugs & Technology 15 credits
Leisure, Culture and Society 15 credits
Space, Place & Power 15 credits
Art and Society 15 credits
Organisations and Society 15 credits
Culture, Representation and Difference 15 credits
London 15 credits
Marxism 15 credits
The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice 15 credits
Social Change and Political Action 15 credits
Globalisation, Crime and Justice 15 credits
Migration in Context 15 credits
Law and Society 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You take two compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Contemporary Issues in Criminology 30 credits
Dissertation 30 credits

You also choose option modules to the value of 60 credits. Modules recently available have included:

Module title Credits
Race, Racism and Social Theory 15 credits
Global Development and Underdevelopment 15 credits
Sociology of Visuality 15 credits
Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture 15 credits
Making Data Matter 15 credits
Sociologies of Emerging Worlds 15 credits
Privacy, Surveillance and Security 15 credits
Philosophy, Politics and Alterity 15 credits
Subjectivity, Health and Medicine 15 credits
Prisons, Punishment and Society 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 3% placement learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 2 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 3 - 88% coursework, 13% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2020/21. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Hannah Gergi

"My overall experience at Goldsmiths was an experience in discovery. I not only learned a great amount academically but it shaped the person that I am today."

"My overall experience at Goldsmiths was an experience in discovery. I not only learned a great amount academically but it shaped the person that I am today. I believe that I grew as an individual and gained many skills such as: adapting to new environments, organisation and personal responsibility. My favourite part of my degree was the ability to present to my classmates. This helped build my confidence and encouraged me to engage in the readings as well as with my peers. My department was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to help with any queries and questions that I may have about my course or with particular assignments. My lecturers were very engaging and they were more than open to questions that involved the course or further career ideas. I was really lucky and blessed to have such open and helpful professors. Studying at Goldsmiths had a great impact on me individually as I met so many students from all over the world. People at Goldsmiths are very welcoming, kind and are accepting. It is a great environment and helped me to come out of my shell.

I am currently doing my masters at Kings College in Forensic Mental Health. Studying Criminology at Goldsmiths helped me to understand what I would like to do career-wise. I enjoyed Criminology so much that I decided to continue within the field and go into more depth.

My advice for students about to study at Goldsmiths or coming to University is to not shy away and engage with your professors and peers. Go to office hours and have meetings with your personal tutors. They can really help with work that you may be struggling with and it's important to network as you never know where you may need their help in the future. I think that it is important to make sure to engage in extracurricular activities outside of your classes and to really captivate with the University experience. Three years will go by so fast and you want to make sure that you make the most of every opportunity because in the long term it will definitely benefit you.

My favourite part about studying in New Cross/south east London is how diverse and multicultural it is. You meet so many different kinds of people and the atmosphere is vibrant and exciting. There are so many great cafes, studying areas and restaurants. The locals are all lovely and it is like a little community. One of my favourite cafes is Chinwag. It is a great student spot and the food is amazing!"

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17560

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.


Many of the areas you study in this degree are at the forefront of their discipline, and are taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts.

Staff who contribute to this programme include: 

Sobia Ahmad Kaker

Margarita Aragon

Les Back

Kirsten Campbell

Abby Day

Jennifer Fleetwood

Kiran Grewal

Emma Jackson

Theo Kindynis

Alex Rhys-Taylor



This degree will help you develop a practical, but conceptually sophisticated, set of skills that will equip you for a range of careers. These skills include: 

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Awareness of social, political and cultural processes
  • Awareness of 'difference'
  • Communication skills
  • Thinking creatively


Sociologists enter careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face and there are many routes for criminology graduates:

  • You could take an accelerated route to train as a probation officer or professional youth worker or pursue a career in the prison service or police via graduate training schemes.
  • You might decide to pursue postgraduate study, including undertaking a Graduate Law Diploma or with the aim of making a career in higher education as a lecturer or specialist researcher.
  • Our comprehensive research training means you'll be well-placed to apply for jobs in research in sectors as diverse as the civil service, security service and independent research companies.
  • Your criminology degree will open doors to a variety of other careers, including in the charity sector and local or national government. 

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths as well as specific Sociology employability. You can also find out more about the career paths open to you after graduation in our Sociology careers pages.