About Criminology at Leicester

Since its inauguration in 1987 the Department of Criminology has established itself as a thriving and internationally-renowned Department. Leicester is one of the very few universities in the country to have its own department exclusively dedicated to researching and teaching criminology, and our students benefit from learning in an environment that is home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists. The Department is a first point of contact for journalists needing information and advice on crime issues and it is regularly called upon by national and local governments to assist with policy development. The Department of Criminology is part of the College of Social Science.

Study with Us

The Department of Criminology provides a welcoming academic environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students whether you chose to study with us in Leicester or by distance learning. We offer an undergraduate degree in criminology, four campus based MSc programmes, a suite of distance learning courses and research opportunities. For more information about any of our courses please request an information pack and prospectus.


At the Department of Criminology our teaching is inspired by the findings from our cutting-edge research. Lecturing staff have a wide array of research interests, ranging from community policing and offending behaviour to hate crime, sentencing, prisons and probation. This research expertise feeds directly into our teaching programme, helping to shape course content and keeping our courses abreast of current debates on crime and criminal justice. For more information about research currently undertaken at the Department of Criminology please visit our research page.


All graduates from the Department will become members of the Department of Criminology Alumni Association. We hope that the Association will act as an important tool for allowing us to keep in touch with our alumni and allowing them to hear about new developments at the Department. If you are an alumnus of the Department we would love to hear from you. Please visit our alumni page for more information.


The Department of Criminology's newsletter, Criminology in Focus, contains news from the Department and articles about staff, students and current research. View the first five issues online.

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T: +44 (0)116 252 3946/2458
F: +44 (0)116 252 5788
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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