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Studying Criminology at Kent provides you with the opportunity to study advanced criminological theory and to look at how this is applied to criminal justice and social policy in an ever-evolving global context.

Course detail

This programme provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary debates about crime. You will critically analyse crime and punishment developments in social theory, sociology and social policy, looking at political and populist influences. You will gain an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationships between individuals, groups and institutions.

Our programme also provides the opportunity for you to participate in the European Common Study Programme in Criminology through which you engage in collaborative study with our European partner universities.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • Provide you with a comprehensive understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Give you a critical awareness of political, social and economic issues influencing societal responses to crime, its perpetrators and victims
  • Give you the ability to seek out and use statistical data
  • Provide you with knowledge of the fundamental sociological and cultural theories of crime
  • Enable you to compare and contrast historical and current perspectives


You take compulsory modules alongside optional modules of your choice. Modules may include:

  • Theories of crime
  • Research methods in criminology
  • Gender and crime in a globalised world
  • Cultural criminology
  • Sociology of violence
  • Prisons and penal policy
  • Documentary film-making


Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we place considerable emphasis on you gaining specialist knowledge in your chosen subject alongside core transferable skills. We ensure that you develop the skills and competences that employers are looking for including: research and analysis; policy development and interpretation; independent thought; writing and presentation, as well as time management and leadership skills. You also become fully involved in the professional research culture of the School. A postgraduate degree in the area of social and public policy is a particularly flexible and valuable qualification that can lead to many exciting opportunities and professions.

Our graduates obtain a range of transferable skills and report high levels of being in employment or further study within six months of graduation across all of our degree programmes.

Over 98% of Kent's postgraduate students who graduated in 2016 were in work or further study within six months. Recent graduates from our School have pursued careers in academia, journalism, local and central government, charities and NGOs.

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Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)
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* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions

Visit the Criminology page on the University of Kent website for more details!






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