Why study here?

Join one of the world's leading teaching and research institutions, with the School of Social Sciences rated 6th in the UK in the QS University World Rankings 2022.

Criminology at The University of Manchester is consistently ranked within the UK's top 10 Criminology courses in The Guardian University Guide. In 2022, The Guardian found that 77% of our graduates had found graduate level jobs or were in further study at a professional or HE level within 15 months of graduating.

Criminology at Manchester is part of the School of Social Sciences and means you can take optional course units in other areas of study. Such as: Sociology, Social Anthropology and Politics, meaning you can build a curriculum that fits your interests.

Quality of learning

  • You will benefit from our commitment to teaching, pedagogical innovation, and the student experience.
  • We are proud of our consistently high scores of over 90% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) and 100% in the last 10 years.
  • Employability skills are embedded throughout your degree. You will gain transferable skills valued by employers, a range of professional contacts from relevant organisations, and benefit from opportunities for voluntary and paid internship roles. 
  • You may participate in our award-winning social responsibility initiatives that contribute to society. 
  • The methodological training will be second to none. This includes participating in the Q-Step initiative, providing robust research methods and data analysis training and opportunities, for you to secure paid internships with external agencies at the end of Year 2. 

Our team 

  • Work with an interdisciplinary team with specialisms across sociology, psychology, and law. Our team is international in nature but also look at crime as a truly global phenomena, with a particular interest in Asia and the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Learn from researchers with an outstanding reputation, particularly in the areas of: drug-use and markets, domestic abuse and violence against women, organised/economic crime, prisons and probation practice, youth offending.
  • We also research in relation to new challenges, such as: cybercrime, food crime, modern slavery, the application of data science to crime (i.e predictive policing), or issues that have traditionally been ignored by criminologists; such as genocide.
  • You will study in a prestigious department where former professors set the foundations in several areas of study. Professor Ken Pease received an OBE for his service to crime prevention. Professor Russell and Rebecca Dobash, known as pioneers in the study of intimate partner violence, and Professor Howard Parker changed the way we thought about drug-use.