Criminology is a broad and dynamic discipline. Although it is rooted in social sciences, socio-legal and policy studies, it has developed its own distinct tradition. Topics of concern to the criminologist include:
* the social and legal construction of deviance and the social consequences of crime;
* structural and motivational influences on offending;
* the organisation of crime;
* policing, preventing and managing crime;
* victim experiences;
* the relationship between offender and the criminal justice system; and
* the development of crime and justice policy.
What will you study?The core taught curriculum gives you:
* an in-depth knowledge of contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts;
* a critical appreciation of the relationship dynamic between criminological theory and policy making;
* an understanding of the relationship of research to the formation, implementation and evaluation of crime-related policy and practice; and
* an appreciation of current trends in the expansion of criminological issues in the context of globalisation.
A major feature of this course is the fieldwork component, which enables you to gain an understanding of the operational realities of crime-related policies and practices.
AssessmentEssays, case study and research reports, short exercise portfolios, poster presentations, briefing papers and media releases, policy papers, extended projects, dissertation.
Core modules * Criminology Dissertation
* Evaluation and Analysis in an Applied Setting
* Terrorism, Crime, Control and Punishment
Optional modules * Criminological Psychology
* Cybercrime: Context, Form, Risk and Regulation
* Influencing Crime and Justice Policy
* Socio-legal Studies
* Special Study: Cyber Crime and Society
* Special Study: Youth Justice
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Kingston Law School bursaries
Kingston Law School awards bursaries to students based on academic merit. Recipients of bursaries are decided by course directors. UK and EU students can receive up to £2,000 and international students can be awarded up to £3,000.
Kingston University scholarships and bursaries
* For international students: * £3,300 scholarships for full-time international students.
* 10% discount on fees for Kingston alumni (alumni loyalty bursary).
* 10% discount on fees for family members of Kingston alumni (family loyalty bursary).
* For Home/EU students: * up to £3,000 Annual Fund scholarships.
To apply for any scholarship or bursary you must already be in possession of a firm offer on the programme and have paid your course fee deposit.