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Neena Samota
Neena Samota

Programme Director - Criminology and Sociology
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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.

Criminology and Sociology is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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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.

Key facts

  • 100% overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • The degree also scored 96% for teaching satisfaction and 91% for both learning opportunities and learning resources (NSS, 2018)
  • Well-qualified and experienced staff and wide range of courses.
  • Join and support the student-led criminology and sociology society
  • Field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers and workshops all form part of the degree
  • Placements and voluntary work available as well as opportunities to connect to key institutions and practitioners.
  • Acquire research skills of observation, description, analysis and assessment
  • Understand the dynamics and constraints of applying your subject knowledge in a working environment
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct transport links into Central London

Course content

Year one

  • Classical Sociological Theory 
  • Criminology: A Sociological Introduction 
  • Introduction to Research Methods 
  • Investigating Criminal Justice 
  • Researching Criminology and Sociology in the News 
  • Sociology, Themes and Issues 

Year two

  • Body, Gender and Sexuality 
  • Contributing to the Community 
  • Crime and the Media 
  • Criminalising Social Problems 
  • Global Societies and Identities 
  • Police and Punishment 

Year three

  • Counter Radicalisation and Terror  
  • Criminology: New Perspectives 
  • Dissertation/Research Essay 
  • Managing in the Workplace 
  • Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Organised Crime 
  • Modernity in the 21st Century 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* 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.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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 contact

Further information

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