Sociologists are interested in how society is created and in how human beings form social relationships and interact with each other. They are especially keen to understand the social world in greater depth and challenge common sense assumptions.
Criminology is a related discipline that examines 'crime' and 'deviance', and the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena.
Studying criminology and sociology at Salford will provide you with a sound understanding of the key conceptual and substantive issues involved in the study of society, crime and criminal justice.
This course will develop your critical awareness skills, and introduce you to the nature and scope of research, both in the field and as a process of information generation. You will also be able to connect to key institutions and practitioners.
“While studying Criminology and Sociology I had the chance to study part of my second year in Detroit, USA. This was an amazing opportunity as it allowed me to experience a different culture, make new friends, meet different types of people and build my confidence to take on new challenges in my future. I have since been back to Detroit three times to visit my friends there and have had many come and visit here. I currently work as a Management Information Officer for a local authority within children’s services for looked after children. Although this job is not directly linked to Criminology and Sociology, the skills I learnt at Salford have helped me progress and develop within my current role and past jobs.”
This degree is designed to acquaint you with the general theories, typical methods and key studies of criminology [especially sociological criminology], and sociology, and to indicate their application to issues in contemporary societies. It uses the modular system to deliver an innovative curriculum with a wide range of optional subjects which serves the local community, is linked to research of international and national quality, and is responsive to the interests and needs of today's students.
It draws upon the existing provision within Criminology and Sociology at Salford, using the diverse work in the School on the major role played by various social institutions, and in particular, examines how crime, deviance, justice, law, regulation, surveillance and punishment are constructed, maintained and disturb the social order at all levels. Our aim is to provide a deep criminological and sociological insight into the nature of social relations, crime and justice.
In your first year, all modules are compulsory. Here you will examine modules covering key criminological and sociological issues. We will also equip you with the study skills needed to get the best out of your degree, and introduce you to both the nature and scope of research within criminology.
In your second year and third years you will build on these foundations by looking in more detail at different theoretical perspectives in criminology and sociology.
Across years 2 and 3, six options must be taken, three from Criminology and three from Sociology/Language. However you make your combination, in year 2 you must choose two options for Semester 2. Combined with your core modules this will give you a total of 120 credits. The modules listed below are usually offered every year, so could be taken either in year 2 or year 3.
You have one core module in the third year – for this you must choose one of the independent study options (see below). You then have to choose four optional modules from the lists above to complete your 120 credits for year 3: two in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Diploma in Foundation Studies (Sociology)||Overall pass|
|GCSE||GCSE or equivalent Level 2 certificated qualifications in English|
|UCAS tariff points||260-280 points|
|GCE A level||260-280 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Equivalent of 260-280 points|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants will be considered for entry into year 4 (first year), having completed and passed a social science subject.|
|Scottish Highers||260-280 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||260-280 points|
|International Baccalaureate||25 points|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The English Language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6 or above, and for each component, 5 or above. For further information check the international entry requirement for all our courses here:
At the University of Salford we have developed a policy, a process and practices that help you to put together a claim for entry or credit by matching your current and prior learning against the specific requirements of a particular course. So if you have no formal qualifications but plenty of experience in the area you may still be considered for entry to the course.
An ideal student would have:
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all styles of learning. This includes:
We place emphasis on the acquisition of individual transferable skills as well as the development of knowledge and skills important to those working in field.
We also have a virtual teaching and learning resource, called 'Blackboard'. We will post module handbooks, summaries of lectures, messages to students and any other relevant materials on Blackboard. You will be enrolled for modules on Blackboard, and can access the corresponding web pages, both on- and off-campus.
This course also offers additional opportunities and support. This includes:
Wordscope - This is an innovative course of ten 1.5 hour workshops, designed to improve the skill and accuracy with which you use language. It's not just for people who think they may need to brush up on their writing skills. It's also for good writers who want to be excellent. Our figures show that, on average, students who successfully complete the Wordscope course improve their grades by a whole degree class. This means that if a student was regularly achieving marks in the 2:2 range (50-59%), after completing Wordscope, their marks would rise to the 2:1 range (60-69%). Infact, a significant proportion of student achieving first class degrees successfully completed a Wordscope course during their time with us.
Personal Tutors – We have a strong record of pastoral and academic care for students. In addition to the academic curriculum, we operate a robust personal tutoring system which enables regular one-to-one contact with a tutor to discuss your progress. Upon your arrival at Salford, you will be allocated a personal tutor. The personal tutor is an academic staff member who acts as your first point of contact for any queries or difficulties that you may encounter in a personal or academic context. Personal tutors meet with you regularly throughout the year. In addition, they keep weekly office hours during teaching weeks, when they are available to offer support and advice.
Erasmus and Exchange Programme – The exchange schemes with universities abroad provide opportunities to study overseas, and help create a cosmopolitan environment within the school. Foreign exchanges are optional, and students may spend one semester (half an academic year) or two semesters (a full academic year) at one of our partner institutions. Currently, we offer exchanges to the following places: Marie Curie University in Poland; the Turkish Police Academy; San Diego State University; Wayne State University in Detroit, USA; and City University Hong Kong. Exchanges take place in your second year of study and you do not need to be fluent in a foreign language: you will study in an English department, where the teaching is delivered in English. Our students report that study abroad provides a fascinating insight into how the subject is viewed and taught by other cultures, and in general, our students describe their exchange experiences very positively. These overseas opportunities are invaluable for helping our students get ahead in the jobs market, and guarantee that you will have something interesting to talk about in an interview! Grants and bursaries are available to help with travel expenses.
A variety of assessment methods will be used, these include:
Career paths of our graduates include:
Holly Bryan, Sociology and Criminology Graduate
"My time at Salford was a time in my life that I will never forget and has lead me to have opportunities in life that I might not have had otherwise. Whilst studying Criminology and Sociology I had the chance to study part of my second year in Detroit, USA. This was an amazing opportunity as it allowed me to experience a different culture, make new friends, meet different types of people and build my confidence to take on new challenges in my future. I have since been back to Detroit three times to visit my friends there and have had many come and visit here.
I currently work as a Management Information Officer for a local authority within children’s services for looked after children. Although this Job is not directly linked to Criminology and Sociology the skills I learnt whilst at Salford have helped me progress and develop within my current role and past jobs."
This course responds to the needs of the criminal justice sector, in developing both subject expertise and skills that can be used for practice in the field. We have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:
This provides you with a number of benefits such as field visits, attendance at national and international conferences, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers, workshops and placements.
Placements and voluntary work are also available. These offer the opportunity for you to undertake a period of professional practice within industry in order to understand the dynamics and constraints of applying your subject knowledge in the ‘real world’.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).