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Do you wish to understand the nature of social and political change at global, national and local levels? How about the roles of globalisation, modernity and identity in shaping these dynamics? Are you interested in social justice? Criminal justice? Do you wish to understand how, why and whom we punish? Do you wish to examine how crime and society are controlled and by whom? If so, criminology and sociology is the degree for you; exciting, contemporary and relevant.

  • Links with other programmes and research centres.
  • Placements and voluntary work available as well as opportunities to connect to key institutions and practitioners.
  • You will critically reflect on emerging new perspectives on crime, including cyber-crime, and the use of artificial intelligence to understand and predict crime.
  • Opportunity for field visits, workshops and lectures from guest speakers

Why study Criminology and Sociology?

The mix of Criminology and Sociology is an ideal one to offer you the breadth and depth of knowledge you need to understand classical, radical and critical perspectives on crime, punishment, social change and social inequalities. You will be taught by academics who undertake relevant research and influence government policy development.

Themes include human trafficking, modern slavery, terrorism, counter-terrorism, migration, human rights, prisons, policing, race and more. The degree will train you to critically reflect on emerging new perspectives on crime, including cyber-crime, and the use of artificial intelligence to understand and predict crime.

Crime and society are intertwined. No society is crime free. In the UK criminology is most strongly associated with sociology. Sociologists study how society is organised and how people form social relationships. Criminology examines crime and deviance, how they are socially constructed, and crime patterns and trends across space and time.

You will be taught to explore the variety and volume of big data and how to use it. The study of contemporary themes and issues in criminology and sociology will guide you to choose a career that challenges you to make a difference.

Why St Mary's?

At St Mary’s we have created a purposeful learning community. We will help you to explore social and criminal justice issues you find fascinating and challenging.

You will get the opportunity to hear about contemporary issues from guest speakers including those involved with policy, the media and charitable organisations. These talks will offer you rich information on recent research or policy directions on topics such as modern slavery, human trafficking, organised crime, prisons, policing, youth violence, gangs, media representations of crime and other social issues.

This degree has links with other programmes and research centres across the university. In particular, we have strong links with the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery – the only dedicated such teaching and research centre in the UK.

They host seminars, events, symposiums and public lectures that you will be encouraged to attend. Researchers associated with the Centre bring current knowledge from research directly to you in the classroom.

These opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate study in the context of further studies and future careers. We now offer a unique MA in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime, which you could progress onto after completing this degree.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your degree, organised alongside the Workplace Learning Team and in a location that is convenient to you. Previous students have worked within the charitable sector and schools.

Foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Criminology and Sociology.

Course lead

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Senior Lecturer

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Entry requirements

96-112UCAS points required

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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.

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).

Criminology and Sociology with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Criminology and Sociology.

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Course content

Year one

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Year two

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Year three

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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.

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Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you well for a range of careers where you will be able to use research skills, theoretical and critical knowledge to real life issues. You could consider any of the following career pathways:

  • Government departments – national and local
  • Policy and administration
  • Postgraduate research and teaching
  • Campaign groups working on social and criminal justice
  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Probation
  • Youth Justice
  • International organisations working on migration, justice and youth development
  • Social and market research

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 17%
  • Independent study: 83%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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 three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 fees

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: £14,850

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments 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


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

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.

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Further information

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Visit the campus

Upcoming open days

Meet current students, explore our green campus, and find out why St Mary’s could be the place for you.

You'll also get a chance to:

Staff from various teams, including the Student’s Union, Student Funding, and Admissions, will also be around to discuss any questions you may have about studying at St Mary’s.

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day. We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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