Study Criminology in the UK - Across the Pond Canada


By undertaking a degree in Criminology, you’ll review critical approaches to the criminal justice system and gain an international perspective on crime and its role in society. You’ll develop and debate key issues surrounding crime to evaluate how effective we, as a society, are in responding to crime.

Criminology is about challenging what society often sees as supposed "truths", especially when it comes to graffiti, violence, gang crime, psychiatry, police, punishment, courts, prisons, and everything connected with the social support system. For example:  

"Is graffiti a crime, or is it really art?"  

"Is drug or substance abuse a crime, or is it a disease?" (or maybe neither?)  

“Is violence increasing? If yes, then why?”

Criminologists actively participate in the criminal policy debate in terms of knowledge and views, and they bring new perspectives to the forefront.  

Criminology will provide you with strong professional prerequisites for specialization in the relationship between crime, control, and society. Why do some become criminals and others don't? How can you fight crime? Criminologists work with these types of questions, often within the social or correctional services. They help with planning or management in terms of media, the judiciary, teaching or research.  

Several of our partners also offer work experience or exchanges to another country included in the programme. Here you can gain professional experience by working in a company or organization and learning what it means to work within the criminology field. These can lead to other exciting opportunities for work experience, internships and, job opportunities later in your career.    

At the undergraduate level this degree can occasionally be combined with other subjects including psychology, philosophy, politics, law, and sociology. What you choose could be the springboard for your future career! To find out what combinations are available, contact one of our advisors.  


With a bachelor's degree in criminology, there are many different master's degrees you can pursue, both in psychology and other socially oriented subjects such as sociology, management, social work and much more. You can take a master's degree in criminology if you have a bachelor's degree in many different fields, ranging from law, political science, social work, children and youth and psychology to sociology or health. Many postgraduate options in this area are one year in length! 


Many criminologists have their main interest in research and investigation, but several criminologists target bureaucracy and government positions. Typical work opportunities will be in various sectors of government (including ministries at both the provincial or national level), youth work, drug and substance management services, but also often in prisons, education and in all forms of organisational work.


If this is an area you’re interested in pursuing, your personal Across the Pond advisor will be happy to send you suggestions for studies that will suit your interests and align with your academic history.    

With the assistance of your Across the Pond advisor, you will have someone who can help you with information about admission requirements (these can vary depending on your Canadian province or university), which studies are available at bachelor's and master's level and help find the studies and universities that best suit you with your background, grades, desire to study and possibly place of study.  

As the studies and universities all have different criteria and levels, it is unfortunately impossible to state all the nuances here on this page, so to get the most accurate information tailored to you and your wishes, get in touch with one of our advisors.  

All help from us is free and without obligation.  



If you are considering studying in the UK, there is a large selection of degrees available, and we are happy to help you find the course of your dreams! Contact us to get help from one of our Student Advisors, and feel free to read more about similar courses in the UK:

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How to Apply

Applying to study in the UK can be tricky and confusing when doing things on your own. Take all of the stress out of the process by using Across the Pond’s free expertise and guidance. To help you on your way here are some things to be aware of: 


In the UK, admissions are mainly on a rolling basis – meaning it is "first come, first served" until the programme is filled. We therefore recommend that you apply as early as you can, and preferably before Christmas if you want to start your studies the following autumn. Exceptions: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences as well as all courses at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and also selected courses at master's level. 


Choosing what to study and which university to go to can be a very difficult process, especially when you may not be able to go and visit to find out which option you like best. Our advisors regularly visit the universities and help hundreds of students apply to a wide range of subjects every single year. They will be able to help you determine which universities and courses are best for you based on your academic background and the universities' minimum requirements, as well as your wishes and needs for what you would like your study experience to look like and cost.


We make it very easy for you! We have our own application form where you fill in your information and upload your application documents. We check that everything has been entered correctly before the application is submitted and that way you do not have to worry that you have made any mistakes that may result in you not being accepted. 


To apply for studies at UK universities you need: 

  • One academic letter of recommendation if you are applying for undergraduate studies, and often two if you are applying for Master’s degree programmes. We have advice and tips that you can give to the person who will be writing this for you, so that together we ensure that they include all the information the UK universities are looking for. For postgraduate applicants you may also be required to submit your CV. Please note that how to write a CV for UK universities may differ from how they are expected to be written in your home country. 
  • Preliminary grades or final diploma (final diploma will be sent as soon as you have received it).
  • Personal Statement. It is very important that it is you who has written your personal statement, but we will help you with what is important to include (or not include!) based on what and where you are hoping to study, in addition to proofreading it for you. This is a very important part of the application and whether or not you get in may be decided based on this statement. Some universities and courses have additional requirements and expectations in terms of what they want to see here and it is very important that you adhere to these indications. That's why we spend a lot of time making your personal statement as good as it can be. 
  • Note: Some courses will also require an audition, portfolio and other admissions tests. 



When applying for undergraduate programmes, an application fee is required which is paid to the admissions service. In addition, some universities charge an application fee for some of the Master’s programmes they offer. These application fees are payable directly to the University or the University and Colleges Admissions Service and not to us. We will never ask for any payment or card information from you and all help from us is free of charge. 

Some universities will require a deposit to secure your study place after you have been granted admission, this will later be deducted from the tuition fee. After you have been granted admission and your place has been confirmed, you will have to pay a fee to apply for a student visa in order to access healthcare in the UK during your studies. If you wish to live in the universities’ student housing you must apply to be allocated a room before the housing application deadline and once this has been processed you are often required to pay deposit to secure the accommodation. When you eventually enrol in the university, you will pay the tuition fee. Prices in the UK vary greatly and if you have any questions about the cost of studying in the UK, please get in touch. We are happy to help you find affordable options! 


We will walk you through each step of the application process and help you with everything you need to consider before deciding whether or not you want to apply to study in the UK. If you choose to complete an application we will help you with absolutely everything from start to finish. 

We are here to help you whether you have questions related to studying in the UK or want more information about selected universities or courses. Contact us whether you just want more information or if you are ready to get started with your application! 

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