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Should I study criminology in Manchester?

Studying criminology can be intense. During the course, you’ll cover topics like criminal justice, explore how crime impacts individuals and society, and examine everything from drugs to cybercrime and all in between. If you're considering a degree in criminology in Manchester we look at why the city could be the ideal locale for your studies.

By Grant Longstaff. Published 1 November 2023.

Manchester is a place for students

Manchester is one of the largest cities in the UK and boasts a thriving student community. With so many potentially challenging areas on the course curriculum, you need to ensure the city you call home is the perfect escape from your textbooks, and student life in the city is nothing short of spectacular. No matter how you like to unwind you’ll find a wide array of distractions. Whether you’re looking for a quick, post-lecture pint or something a little more cultured, you’re sure to find it. Take a look at some of our favourite things to do in Manchester for some inspiration.

Looking for another benefit to Manchester? The city is well-connected to the rest of the UK. You’re only a short distance from plenty of other hip and happening cities, such as LiverpoolLeeds, and Birmingham, if you want to plan a weekend break. You can also reach London in around two and a half hours by train and have Manchester International Airport right on your doorstep.

Employment opportunities

Another advantage of studying criminology in Manchester is the number of employment opportunities available within the field. As a bustling urban hub, the city has a diverse range of businesses, agencies, and non-profit groups. The skills developed and knowledge acquired during your studies will make you an ideal candidate for many of these businesses and organisations, with criminology graduates progressing into roles within law and the legal sector, criminal justice, and social services, to name just a few.


There has been a settlement in what is now Manchester for almost 2,000 years, however, the boom of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution saw the city grow and expand at an accelerated rate. This rapid urbanisation led to a rise in social issues, including an increase in crime – a potential area of research for budding criminology students. Like all major cities, Manchester is not without its share of tragedy. For instance, the Peterloo Massacre in 1819, in which 18 people lost their lives after Yeomanry charged into a crowd marching for reform of parliamentary representation, offers an opportunity for complex dialogue among criminology students.

Criminology and Manchester

Criminology focuses on understanding and challenging the root causes of crime. Manchester, with its history of industrialisation and the subsequent economic downturn during the Great Depression, provides an opportunity to examine how, often, crime doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It can be moulded by socioeconomic factors, such as poverty and unemployment. Manchester also has a long history of multiculturalism which offers students the chance to explore injustice and discrimination within the law. If you choose to study criminology with us, these regional dynamics will help add context and influence course modules, such as, Modern Criminology, Migration, Urban Criminology - The City and Globalisation, The Politics of Policing, and Race, Ethnicity and Religion.

Ultimately, studying criminology in Manchester allows you to make important connections between theory and practice, lending your studies, and ultimately your qualification, significant weight.


Find out more about studying the BA (Hons) in Criminology at our Manchester campus and enrol today.