Studying Sociology and Criminology at Salford

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So you’ve applied to study one of our Sociology or Criminology courses, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 
We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us here.

Why should you study Sociology and Criminology at the University of Salford?


We focus on providing you with industry experience and will ensure you benefit from these links, whether that be through placement opportunities, field trips, conference opportunities, surgeries, guest speakers or workshops.


We have partnerships with HMP Manchester, HMP Forest Bank, Greater Manchester Police, Salford Youth Offending Team among others.


You'll be taught by internationally recognised research-active staff who ensure that module content aligns with current social science happenings, controversies and debates.


Across all of our Criminology and Sociology programmes you will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of optional modules which allows you to tailor the course to your specific interests. 


Our Criminology and Sociology course achieved an 86% overall student satisfaction rate in 2022 (NSS 2022).

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Our Student Community


"I couldn’t recommend Salford enough if you’re interested in studying Criminology. The department is very research active so you’re constantly learning new and exciting things, the modules are diverse and its home to such a supportive and engaging atmosphere."

What our Graduates Said (Source: NSS 2022):


Said staff have made the subject interesting.


Said the course is intellectually stimulating.


Said staff are good at explaining things.


You will have the opportunity to study a new module called ‘Inside-Out’. This module involves contact hours that are delivered inside HMP Forest Bank prison with ‘inside’ students, who are serving prisoners who will study the module alongside you.

Student Support Services

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times when you need a little extra support. Whether you need support with mental health and counselling, living costsaccommodation or just want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing Team, we are here to help. Find out more about all of the student services we offer here.


If you haven't already, make sure you secure a place at one of our upcoming Offer Holder Days. On a visit day, you will have the opportunity to experience life as a Salford student on your chosen course - you'll meet your teaching team, hear from current students and connect with other applicants.

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Do I need to start researching before the course starts?

It is not essential that students prepare beforehand for studying a Sociology or Criminology degree with us, our modules are designed to meet the needs of those new to the discipline and students who may have been introduced to them already through college courses.

When will I receive my timetable?

Personalised timetables are sent to students when they register in September. We try our best to keep your timetable sensible and avoid you being in every day of the week. There are no lectures on a Wednesday afternoon then so that students can participate in clubs, societies and extracurricular activities.

What will I do during induction week?

All students will be required to formally register and pick up their student cards. As a Sociology and Criminology student you will have the opportunity to take part in induction sessions to help settle you into university life and familiarise yourself with the Criminology and Socially department.

Offer Holder Hub

Go back on our Offer Holder Hub and find out more about accommodation, finance, and wellbeing and support.