This is a contemporary and relevant degree but with roots in classical sociology. Specialist areas are in crime and media, drugs and crime, human trafficking and modern slavery, crime, human rights and social justice, counter radicalisation and terrorism, green criminology and gender, sexuality and ethnicity and crime.
Why study Criminology and Sociology?
This is a contemporary and relevant degree with roots in classical sociology. Sociologists study how society is created and how human beings form social relationships. In the UK, criminology is most strongly associated with sociology and recognises that a major challenge to society is 'crime'. No society is crime free. Crime and society are intertwined.
Criminology examines 'crime' and 'deviance', the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena, and considers why crime exists, how crime and deviance is socially constructed, which societies have the most crime and how societies deal with crime.
Why St Mary's?
Studying Criminology and Sociology at St Mary's will provide you with a sound understanding of the key conceptual issues involved in the study of society, crime and criminal justice.
The teaching staff on the programme have expertise in social problems and the criminal justice system; drugs, alcohol, homelessness and crime; modern slavery and human trafficking; terrorism and counter radicalisation; green criminology; and sports criminology.
There are also regular talks by guest speakers from statutory and voluntary agencies on topics such as organised crime and human trafficking, prisons, magistrates court procedures and forensic psychology.
The programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery. Students are encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events. These opportunities will enable students to develop learning beyond their undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and flourishing careers.
Criminology and Sociology also has close working relationships with the Law programme, the Centre for Law and Culture and the newly launched Law with Criminology programme.
- 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.
- 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 intellectual 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