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Neena Samota

Programme Director - Criminology and Sociology
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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.

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

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.
  • 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

Course content

Year one

  • Classical Sociological Theory 
  • Criminology Skills 
  • Criminology: A Sociological Introduction 
  • Investigating Criminal Justice 
  • Researching Criminology and Sociology in the News 
  • Sociology, Themes and Issues 
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Year two

  • Body, Gender and Sexuality 
  • Crime and the Media 
  • Crime, Arts and Humanities 
  • Criminalising Social Problems 
  • Culture and Society in Modern Japan 
  • Documentary Film 
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Year three

  • Criminal Justice: Practice and Policy 
  • Criminology Dissertation /Essay 
  • Criminology: New Perspectives 
  • Globalisation, Post-Colonialism and Multiculturalism 
  • Issues for Education in the 21st century 
  • Medicine, Health and Illness: Global Perspectives 
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Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for Criminology and Sociology graduates include:

  • Policy and administration
  • Postgraduate programmes, research and teaching
  • Government departments
  • Campaign Groups working for social and criminal justice
  • Investigating justice and victim support
  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Probation
  • Policy and administration
  • Community, health and social work

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Criminology and Sociology 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 module (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

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,220

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £11,750

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 for 2018 and 2019 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

UCAS Application Timeline