Partners in crime

Examine the fascinating connections between crime, penal theory, politics, and policy, alongside changing perceptions and representations of crime. We take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of criminology and politics, situating criminological and political structures, processes and activities within wider historical, economic and international contexts.

This course provides the practical experience employers demand. Possible career paths include probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector.

Why Criminology with Politics at LSBU?

  • You'll be taught by research-active academics whose work is nationally and internationally recognized and informs the course curriculum.

  • No.2 London University overall in Criminology (Guardian League Table, 2018).

  • Enhance your employability by taking part in our volunteering programme which covers a range of criminal justice-related agencies.

  • Top 3 in London for overall score in Politics (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 5 years September Southwark Campus


This course covers processes of internationalization/ globalization and their impact on crime, politics, and policy. You’ll also explore the practical contribution of criminological and political concepts, and look at forging more socially just and sustainable global futures.

You’ll develop core cognitive, analytical, critical, communicative and interpretative skills, as well as your ability to translate these into research practice in the fields of criminology and politics.

Year 1

  • Deconstructing the crime problem
  • Issues in crime
  • Introduction to political theory
  • Criminal justice, politics, and social policy
  • Introduction to the criminological theory
  • Politics, decision making, and democracy

Year 2

  • Issues in contemporary policing
  • Penal theory, policy, and practice
  • Social research skills 1

Plus three modules from:

  • European politics in transition
  • Globalisation and development
  • The environment, sustainability, and climate change
  • Global governance, regionalism, and the nation-state
  • Social research skills 2
  • Work placement

Year 3

  • Criminology research project (double module)
  • Crime, criminology, and modernity
  • Gender, crime, and justice

Plus two modules from:

  • Contemporary dynamics of the world system
  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution
  • American politics: ideology and power
  • Politics and protest: new social and political movements
  • Genocide and crimes against humanity


Many graduates prefer to work for the police or criminal justice services, where there are countless opportunities to help the community and plenty of room for specialization. Politics students tend to find employment in youth and community work and work at various levels of government – including foreign ministries and national UN delegations.

A humanities degree also has the advantage of opening up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Other graduates have forged exciting careers in research-related work, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, small group exercises, individual and group projects/activities. These are supplemented by guest speakers from public, private and third sector organizations.

Interactive seminars and workshops support the lectures and encourage you to actively participate in a free and open debate with your peers.


Assessment methods are varied and include:

  • Annotated bibliography
  • Book review
  • Briefing paper
  • Case-study
  • Content analysis
  • Data/statistical analysis
  • Document analysis
  • Essay
  • Exam - seen and unseen
  • Group presentation
  • Group report
  • Development of blog/forum articles
  • Literature Review
  • Organisational analysis
  • Journal log
  • Portfolio research proposal
  • Roleplay, e.g. model UN seminar presentation
  • Workplace report/log
  • Workshop report
  • Project

Personal Academic Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BCC or
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated February 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
3 - 5 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125.
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