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School of Health and Society

Sociology and Criminology

Sociology and Criminology are subjects that provide students with an academic understanding of society, the social world, crime and criminal justice. Sociologists are concerned with how humans interact with one another, the connections and relationships they form with others, and how these connections, as well as social structures, such as social class, race and gender, impact upon behaviour. Criminologists are concerned with behaviour that breaches societies’ rules and laws, what it is that motivates this, and how the criminal justice system responds.

Our undergraduate programmes in sociology and criminology are of great relevance to any student with an interest in contemporary society, particularly with issues surrounding crime and the issue of justice. Our programmes make considerable and increasing use of our industry contacts within the social sector and criminal justice giving you in depth knowledge of real world practice. This can be through anything from guest lectures and placement opportunities to collaborative module delivery.

BSc (Hons) Criminology
BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Counselling
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Security
BSc (Hons) Sociology

Our postgraduate programme allows you to gain a critical and comprehensive overview of the contemporary criminal justice process. It is aimed at criminal justice practitioners, or those intending to work in this field. Our strong and growing links with local and regional criminal justice agencies support a critical and reflective approach to the workings of criminal justice.

MSc Digital Society
MSc/PgCert/PgDip The Criminal Justice Process

If you are interested in PhD research within this subject area, please find out more here.

Foundation degrees are a chance to sample a subject area at university level, with the flexibility of changing between related degree pathways at the end of the Foundation Year to suit your own interests

These are ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction. These consist of intensive modules which provide the requisite background for specific honours courses for those without the necessary qualifications.

Social Sciences Foundation Year

As the world of work evolves rapidly, we have developed a suite of higher and degree-level apprenticeships, offering a viable alternative to traditional university study.

Our degree apprenticeship programmes open doors to rewarding and challenging careers across a wide range of and our portfolio of programmes is continually developing to meet the needs of today’s employers.  

You will benefit from the expertise of our academics who are leaders in their field as well as the opportunity to continually apply your knowledge in the workplace.

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Each member of the sociology and criminology subject group are active researchers, with many having international reputations as experts in their field. Our current research work includes: hate crime; violent cultures; gaming communities; fire safety strategies; dementia social care; use of museums; policing behaviour; prison communities; use of illegal healthcare; identity and big data; online neighbouring; and, youth probation services. All of the programmes draw on this research expertise to ensure that module content is relevant, contemporary and cutting-edge. More details of our research work can be accessed via SEEK.

We have a range of other facilities within the School including our B’Hive social space and Allerton learning space where you have access to a range of literature, computers and study spaces.

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There are a wide range of societies to get involved with here at the university both linked to your programme of study as well as over 50 different societies covering all aspects of student life, from political to performance, and international to faith. The likelihood is if you have an interest, we'll have a society! Find out more

We also have a range of events taking place throughout the year within the School. Take a look at our events page to find out more.