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BA (Honours) Criminology and Sociology

Find out why people commit crime and how it affects society.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS ML93 Course code

Course description

What you study

Study crime and its relationship to society on this joint degree, in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence. You learn about the many types, causes and consequences of crime and the criminal justice institutions and the processes that seek to reduce offending, alongside studies of human society, social groups and social structures.

In your first year, you gain a foundation in key areas from both subject areas including • crime • society • social behaviour • offending behaviour • criminal justice.

You then use this core understanding to develop your specialist criminological and sociological knowledge with a range of optional modules such as • exclusion, rights and justice • life beyond crime, substance use and offending • spin, propaganda and the media • youth: chaos and control • experiencing criminal justice • health and welfare.

As well as being prepared for a career in criminology, criminal and community justice areas, you also gain skills that make you attractive to all employers. These skills include • information gathering and analysis • problem solving • presentation skills • organisational and time management skills • critical thinking and analysis • report writing • the ability to construct an argument based on sound evidence • equality and diversity awareness.


You benefit from teaching staff who are active in two research centres – Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and our Centre for Education and Inclusion Research. Thanks to this involvement with research, we can offer course content and teaching that is up to date and of a very high standard.

Work-based learning

To maximise your career prospects in the area, you have access to a range of industry opportunities during the course. Employability and placement opportunities are embedded across all three years of the degree. These include student placement modules and activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, project work with external agencies, simulation modules, voluntary work through our employability fair and possible opportunities to work on clinical modules in our law clinic.

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to gain an international outlook with overseas study. You may be able to study in Europe as part of the Erasmus programme. International academic exchanges take place in the second semester of your second year.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• graduate research and development 1 and 2 • criminological landscapes • criminal justice • shaping societies • the sociological imagination

Year two core modules

• (de) constructing research • exploring placements • identity, diversity and deviance • power and control in society

Year two options

• exclusion, rights and justice • life beyond crime, substance use and offending • experiencing criminal justice • education: theory, policy and practice • health and welfare • spin, propaganda and the media • youth: chaos and control

Year three core modules

• dissertation

Year three options

• sex, violence and extremism • making desistance and recovery a reality • policing and crime prevention • simulating criminal justice practice • enacting human rights • crime and justice in the information age • experiencing custodial and community sentences • supported practice initiative • advanced research methods • crime and the media • education • power and control in society • experiences of health, illness and disability • families and kinship: a global perspective • power, sex and the body • work, employment and globalisation

  • essays
  • projects
  • research reports
  • work portfolios
  • presentations
  • exams
  • dissertation in year three


You can find careers in areas such as • the police service • the probation service • the prison service • youth work • victim support work • citizens advice work • community liaison work • civil service and local government.

Examples of roles students have gone on to include • charity fundraiser • residential social worker • support worker (learning difficulties) • project worker (housing association) • police community support officer • offender advocate • youth offending • postgraduate study • researcher.

Many of our students have progressed on to postgraduate study, including academic and professional qualifications, in criminology and sociology.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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