BA (Honours) Criminology and Sociology

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Criminology and Sociology

Full-time Criminology

Explore criminological and sociological perspectives on crime, deviance and marginalisation to help you make a positive impact on local and global society.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Experience award-winning teaching recognised by the British Society of Criminology.
  • Gain experience at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.
  • Develop expertise in criminology, sociology, social justice and global human rights.
  • Improve your employability through work placements and international study opportunities.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of criminological and sociological perspectives, on the causes and consequences of crime, the criminal justice system and societal structures. Through this interdisciplinary approach, you'll gain an understanding of human behaviour and societal dynamics. You’ll graduate with a broad foundation for careers in criminal justice, social justice and related sectors.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year. 


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our dedicated staff bring a wealth of practical experience, having worked in various areas of the criminal justice system, such as prisons, probation, and the police. Many are also actively engaged in cutting-edge criminological research, ensuring that your education is current and delivering real-world impact. 

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with external partners and practitioners, gaining the contemporary knowledge, skills and attributes you need for a professional career in the criminal justice or social justice sectors. Our goal is to prepare you for further professional training or equivalent pursuits.

You learn through:

  • Face-to-face lectures and seminars
  • Online lectures and seminars
  • Student-led collaborative learning
  • Practice-based learning
  • Independent research
  • Exams and coursework
  • Practical exercises

Key Themes

You’ll focus on key foundational areas such as the criminal justice system, human rights and values, and social science research methods. Through these you’ll build specialist knowledge of the causes and consequences of crime and deviance within a social, political and international context. You’ll apply this knowledge to real-world challenges, problems, perspectives and experiences – engaging with local, national and international partners.

You'll maximise your career prospects through curriculum-integrated employment opportunities that connect with real-world contexts. These experiences encompass applied projects, work-integrated learning with relevant partners, and student-led impact research or employer-led projects.

To develop as a globally aware and engaged practitioner, you’ll study an integrated international curriculum throughout your degree – primarily through online learning, along with the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through several key areas. These include:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

Course leaders and tutors

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Jamie Irving
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

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Watch the Head of Criminology Shawna McCoy talk about this course.

Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be successful. 

Work Placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement between your second and final years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous students have completed placements for companies and organisations such as the Community Rehabilitation Company, Victim Support and Doncaster Prison.

Live Projects

You’ll engage in a range of live projects – working on behalf of real organisations. Previous students projects have included designing materials for hate crime awareness week for South Yorkshire Police, designing educational materials to help young people understand cybercrime on behalf of Victim Support, and researching the experiences of securing housing for those released from prison on behalf on NACRO (the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders).

Networking Opportunities 

Our course benefits from close ties with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, ensuring a curriculum that addresses ethical and social justice issues related to social inclusion and exclusion. We focus on promoting social access to community resources, particularly for vulnerable groups.

We collaborate with employers and key stakeholders to provide you with opportunities to make a positive impact on critical community issues. This may involve working with organisations focused on young people, criminal justice, community justice, substance misuse, women's services, housing, victim services, and more – both locally and globally. Previously we’ve taken students to South Africa and Lesotho on a human rights and social justice trip.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Citizens advice work
  • Community liaison work
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Police services
  • Prison services
  • Probation services
  • Social work
  • Social research (academic, government, charity)
  • Victim support work
  • Youth work

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Housing and social care professions and sectors
  • Local and regional councils
  • Police services
  • Sheffield Drug/Alcohol Domestic Abuse Coordination Team (DACT)
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • The Magistrates Court
  • The Ministry of Justice

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Most of our teaching is conducted in dedicated lecture studios, small teaching rooms and computer labs. 

You’ll work with:

  • Innovative digital teaching and learning platforms and apps 
  • Specialist software
  • Data analysis packages
  • Data collection tools

We’ve invested over £100 million in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level Qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in both reading and writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Contesting Crime And Deviance
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Researching Crime, Deviance And Marginalisation
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Investigating Crime Deviance And Marginalisation
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Professional Practice On Placement
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Real World Practice
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Elective modules

21St Century Security Threats: Crime, Crisis Or Tragedy
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Comparative Criminal Justice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Controversies Of Policing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Crime, Harm And Social Justice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Drugs, Crime And Society
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Education, Health And Disability
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Families, Age, And Relationships
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender, Power And The State
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender, Sexuality, And Culture
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Pathways To Change
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Punishment And Practice In Context
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Real World Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(80%) , Practical(20%)
Real World Research
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(80%) , Practical(20%)
Sex, Gender And Violence
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Criminology courses (PDF, 215.3KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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