Why do crime rates rise and fall? What can authorities do to reduce criminal offending? Does prison work? How can you prepare for a successful career in criminal justice? In studying criminology at Kent, you'll discuss all these questions and more, developing the knowledge and skills to answer them.
You’ll learn about criminal justice systems across the world, including our own prisons, police and courts – discovering the challenges each of them face. You’ll also explore key debates around crime policy through a critical and career-driven lens.
At Kent, you’ll be taught by world-leading academics and experienced criminal justice professionals – including those drawn from Kent Police, the London Metropolitan Police, HMP Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service, the legal profession and charities supporting victims and communities.
Our diverse and cutting-edge range of modules covers areas such as cybercrime, criminal psychology, drug policy, violent crime, terrorism, youth offending and hate crime, giving you the chance to expand your criminological imagination and tailor your degree to set up your own exciting career.
Adding a quantitative research minor to your programme opens your mind to new ways of thinking. Starting with no assumed statistical knowledge, you graduate with an advanced package of practical quantitative skills alongside subject-specific knowledge in criminology and criminal justice.
We work with you to build your skills, networks and opportunities via workshops and shadowing schemes with criminal justice professionals.
Kent achieved the second highest score for criminological research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2023.
Develop practical skills in criminal justice: train in the UK's first Restorative Justice Clinic or volunteer with one of our partners.
Gain first-hand knowledge via our partnerships with the Police, HMP Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service and many charities.
Our typical offer levels are listed below and include indicative contextual offers. If you hold alternative qualifications just get in touch and we'll be glad to discuss these with you.
Distinction, Distinction, Merit
120 Tariff points from your IB Diploma, Typically H5, H6, H6 or equivalent
Maths at grade C (or 4).
Pass the University of Kent International Foundation Programme.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 45 Credits at level 3 with 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit
This module listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You study a combination of compulsory and optional modules and may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other degrees, tailoring your studies to your ambitions.
In addition to learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, project supervision, and statistics classes, students can carry out hands-on research in the ‘field’ through placements and field trips. Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
This programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You develop the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
My desire to become a criminal barrister was largely due to what I learnt during my degree.
You’ll join our graduates realising their ambitions both in the field of criminal justice and in more diverse professions. Recently, our graduates have gone into:
You can tell by the way they deliver their lectures that all the staff are passionate about their subjects.
The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
We welcome applications from students all around the world with a wide range of international qualifications.
Kent ranked top 50 in the The Complete University Guide 2023 and The Times Good University Guide 2023.
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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.
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