Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Study the criminal justice system and gain the skills you need to kick-start a career in the field.

Course overview

What causes crime rates to rise or fall, and who benefits? How can we deal with offenders? Can crime be prevented? On this cutting-edge, critical and career-driven course, you’ll assess the criminal justice system, from prevention to sentencing, developing your own view of what works and what doesn’t. 

You’ll be studying with academics with vast professional experience in the field, for example as criminal lawyers, psychiatrists, police analysts, and civil servants in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. 

You’ll develop in-depth knowledge of the principal concepts and theoretical approaches in criminology. You’ll explore key issues in criminal justice and criminology within a wider sociological and social policy context. As you progress, you can tailor your studies to your own ambitions through a wide range of modules. 

Why study Criminal Justice and Criminology at Kent?

Industry recognition.

This course is recognised as providing education of outstanding quality and relevance. (Skills for Justice, skills and standard-setting body.)



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.

We have links with solicitors, as well as professionals in the fields of forensic psychology, restorative justice and youth justice.

Take a year in industry.

Adding a year in industry to your degree helps you to gain valuable experience and shows employers you are ambitious and committed.

Everything you need to know about our Criminal Justice and 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

You'll study principal concepts and theoretical approaches in criminology as well as the social processes that shape contemporary society. As you progress through the course, you can choose from a wide range of modules that allow you to focus on areas of particular interest to you.

How you'll study

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case-study analysis, group projects and presentations and individual and group tutorials. You also have opportunities to learn in real criminal justice settings.

Your future

The variety of careers related to crime control have increased in recent years, with traditional justice agencies joined by companies in the voluntary and private sectors. Recent graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • crime prevention
  • the probation service
  • the prison service
  • courts
  • the police
  • social services departments
  • drug and alcohol services.

Some of our graduates choose to go on to postgraduate study, including training to become a lawyer.

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

Hear from Toni Abiodun

I’ve found myself doing a lot better because of the skills I picked up during my placement year.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • 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 £1,850.

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. 


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?

We are no longer accepting applications for this course for entry in 2024.

Please see our alternative course - Criminology.

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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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