BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Award BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology†
UCAS Code D3M9
Locations Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester
Duration 3 Years (full-time)/4 Year (with Foundation Year)
Next Start 4 Year Degree with Foundation Year† starts September 2019
3 Year Degree† starts September 2020
Course Fees, per year £9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,500 (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.

With foundation year
(Four years)

Locations       Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester

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 2019 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

We have Open Days for this course in June.

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:


Migration (Criminalisation of the Movement of People: Refugees)


The City and Globalisation

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

Course Dates

BA (Hons) Criminology & Sociology (with Foundation Year) Course dates 19-20 - 4 Year


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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