BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Award BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology†
UCAS Code D3M9

Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Nottingham

Duration 3 Years full-time or 4 Years with Foundation Year
Next Start September 2020
Course Fees, per year

£9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,750 (International)


Further information on course fees

†Subject to approval

Full-Time (Three Years)

This three year degree programme has a high level of face-to-face tuition, including delivery by practising criminologists at some campuses, and will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of cutting edge criminology and sociology concepts and theories and apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions.

You will develop a critical understanding of criminology and sociology in relation to current issues such as urbanisation, embodiment, family, globalisation, migration and marginalisation.

The diversity of the programme we are offering will allow students to enter a wide variety of fields after graduation as well as being an excellent basis for the postgraduate study.

You will learn through a variety of group sessions, workshops, digital media and a wide range of learning resources, completing a dissertation in your final year or a research project and research methods module. In addition to your knowledge of criminology and sociology, you will gain a wide range of analytical, research, problem-solving and communication skills, which are in high demand by employers.

As we specialise in teaching, with a focus on problem solving and weighing up arguments, you’ll develop a formidable range of essential skills that can make all the difference when starting your career. The University of Law was awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in June 2019. We were found to deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

ULaw has also achieved top ten placements among universities in the UK for 5 categories in the National Student Survey 2019: teaching, learning opportunities, academic support, learning resources and student voice.

With foundation year
(Four years)

Locations       Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Nottingham

UCAS Code    D3MM

The first year is a foundation year which students study alongside our LLB (Law) students and is taught by law tutors. This year focuses on developing the key skills required to undertake degree level study. The subsequent three years then follow our full-time BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology degree course.

International Leadership Summer School

Students starting their course in September 2020 will have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School in Berlin, during the second year of their degree or third year of a degree with Foundation Year.* This week will focus on developing employability skills.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Criminology Open Days

The best way to find out more about the course is to attend an Open Day.

Course Content

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Set Modules

Foundations of Criminology

Foundations of Sociology

Contemporary Criminology

Contemporary Sociology

Feminist Sociology

Media, Crime and Control



Sociology of Embodiment

Sociology of the Family

Sociology of Religion and Belief Systems

Youth, Culture and Controls

Zemiology (The Crimes of the Powerful and the Victimisation of the Poor)

Research Methods

Dissertation/Research Project






Optional Modules


You will have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School, Berlin (5 days)

Choose three modules from:




The City and Globalisation

The modules for the optional Foundation Year are: Academic and Report Writing, Numeracy, Citizenship and the Law, Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles, Introduction to Marketing, Public/Private Law.

Course Structure

Each year is made up of two semesters consisting of 12 teaching weeks and one week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete assessments. You will study a total of 18 modules over the three years of the course.

  • Year 1: 31 study weeks including a one-week induction
  • Year 2: 30 study weeks plus one week optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin
  • Year 3: 30 study weeks


Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used across the programme; these include invigilated unseen examinations, written coursework assignments, and a dissertation module. This variety of assessment techniques reflects the diversity of the curriculum and enables students a greater chance of success; by offering a variety of assessment methods, we aim to remove barriers to students who may find that more traditional ways of assessment do not truly reflect their abilities.

Your degree classification

You must pass each module to be awarded your degree. The pass mark for each subject is 40%.

In calculating the overall average, for purposes of deciding the degree classification, the assessments are weighted as below.


Weighted average Degree classification
70% and above 1
60-69% 2.1
50-59% 2.2
40-49% 3

Course Fees

UK/EU Course Fee per year


International course fees per year


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