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BSc in Criminology and Sociology

The BSc in Criminology and Sociology runs over three years, full time. Entries are submitted through UCAS. The Admissions Tutor is Dr Richard Smith. For further information about the course, please click on the link on the right.

Criminology is the study of crime as an individual and social phenomenon. It focuses on the incidence and causes of crime and considers social and governmental responses. It is best understood as a field of study that draws on a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and law. Students will grapple with a range of criminological questions, such as: What is meant by the ‘dark figure’ in criminology? Why do we punish? Does prison work?

Sociology encourages us to regard issues that affect us as individuals as part of a wider social world that is constantly changing. It is thus concerned with the ways in which the life experiences of individuals are shaped by broader social forces, institutions and groups and the social rules and processes that organise people. It is not a subject with easy answers – however it gives us tools to examine, and question, the world around us. Students will engage with competing perspectives on key issues and social problems, and will learn to weigh up the evidence and form their own point of view. Students will consider a range of sociological questions, such as: How have patterns of family life changed in recent years? What are the consequences of such changes? Who is most likely to live in poverty and why? To what extent do factors such as gender, ethnicity and class influence people’s life chances? 

BSc Criminology and Psychology

BSc Criminology and Psychology is a joint degree between the Centre for Criminology and Sociology and the Department of Psychology .  This degree will give students an understanding of the biological, social, clinical and cognitive factors that influence behaviour alongside the study of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system. The degree develops students' understanding of psychological problems and interventions, how social and cognitive factors influence behaviour and how behaviour can be modified. It also examines the underpinnings of criminal behaviour (including violent crime, terrorism, race and hate crime), and how society reacts to, controls, and is affected by crime and deviance. The Centre for Criminology and Sociology is the home department for students choosing to take this programme. For more information please click this link.


Both degrees provide students with a range of transferable skills that form the basis for a career in criminal justice agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, police, probation service, youth custody and the prison service. They also equip students for careers in the voluntary sector, local government, the civil service and the private sector, including working in the media. Graduates who do particularly well can go on to further study at postgraduate level and pursue careers in research and evaluation in academic and policy contexts.



See what our graduates think


"I have always been intrigued as to why people commit crimes, their behaviour and motivations and whether it is a conscious decision. Criminals are always portrayed in the media as malevolent, but I’m interested in finding out about the human side."

Graduate 2011




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