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Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Develop your understanding of crime, its causes and its impact; gain the skills to improve lives.
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Course overview

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.

Why study Criminology at Kent?

Career development.

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.

Gain hands-on experience

Develop practical skills in criminal justice: train in the UK's first Restorative Justice Clinic or volunteer with one of our partners. 

Learn from the experts

Gain first-hand knowledge via our partnerships with the Police, HMP Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service and many charities.

Everything you need to know about our Criminology course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Exploring questions such as what causes crime and what can be done to reduce it helps you develop the skills to critically question current assumptions about offending. You'll also discover how technology has changed offending and policing.

How you'll study

Our teaching staff bring the subject to life and draw you into the conversation through lectures, seminars, presentations and group work. You also have opportunities to learn in real criminal justice settings.

A degree that opens doors

My desire to become a criminal barrister was largely due to what I learnt during my degree.


Your future

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:

  • the police force
  • the Probation Service
  • the Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • non-governmental organisations and charities
  • HM Prison Service
  • youth offending
  • social work
  • the legal profession
  • policy analysis.

UK criminology graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (41,964 salaries)

Hear from Christina Sriramula

You can tell by the way they deliver their lectures that all the staff are passionate about their subjects.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry
  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

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.* 

Your fee status

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.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

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.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

Undergraduate applications open for 2024 entry on 16 May 2023. You can still apply for courses starting in 2023 via the UCAS website.

Our Open Days are a great way to discover more about the courses and get a feel for where you'll be studying. Along with campus tours, online chats and virtual events there are lots of other ways to visit us.

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Kent ranked top 50 in the The Complete University Guide 2023 and The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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