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Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)

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3 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Challenge perspectives and instigate change with our Criminology and Sociology degree

Investigate crime, punishment, and social inequality with our hands-on Criminology and Sociology degree. You will examine classical, radical, and emerging thought as you cover topics like:

  • modern slavery
  • terrorism
  • migration
  • human rights
  • policing
  • race
  • cyber-crime.

Take your learning outside the classroom

With our criminology and sociology course, you can participate in field trips and workshops. You can also attend talks by guest speakers, discussing the latest research on subjects like:

  • human trafficking
  • organised crime
  • prisons
  • youth violence
  • gangs
  • media representation of crime and social issues.

Expert teaching and support

You will learn from academics currently influencing government policy. Our student, Jo, tells us that our “teaching staff helped bring the subjects alive and offered invaluable support”.

Build professional experience

You can complete placements and voluntary work to build your network and professional experience.

Previous students have worked within:

  • the charitable sector
  • schools.

Dr Diem-Tu Tran

Course Lead

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

UCAS points

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

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Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

How many UCAS points my grades are worth

A levels

  • A*

    56 pts

  • A

    48 pts

  • B

    40 pts

  • C

    32 pts

  • D

    24 pts

  • E

    16 pts

My qualification isn't listed:

If you can't find your qualification in this list please check the full list of UCAS tariff tables.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 17%

Independent study - 83%

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We adopt a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips.

Usually, a larger (core) module may be taught by lecture (one hour) followed by smaller seminar groups where students are able to discuss the topic informed by set readings. Other modules might be taught in two-hour workshops where additional methods may be used, such as lecturing, film, student presentations and small group discussion.

Tutorial sessions are arranged for you to meet with tutors, to discuss your progress and offer support and guidance during the planning stages of essay writing and other assessment preparation. Lecture notes, course information and assessments are all placed online.

Class sizes usually range between 25 and 30 students.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of methods of assessment to support students in meeting the learning objectives. These include essays and reports, student presentations, in class tests, formal examinations and a variety of resource-based assessments.

Essays are typically 1,000-2,000 words in length, although at Level 6 there is an opportunity to conduct your own research (with the agreement of a supervising tutor) which requires a 5,000 words essay or a dissertation of 10,000 words.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

On our Criminology and Sociology degree, you will build essential transferrable skills like critical thinking, communication, and attention to detail.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) include:

government departmentspolicy and administrationcampaign groups linked to social and criminal justiceprisonsyouth justiceorganisations linked to migrationresearch

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