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 Crimonology at the University of Salford?


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. 


We have excellent links with HMP Manchester, HMP Forest Bank, Greater Manchester Police, Salford Youth Offending Team and more


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 and workshops.


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


Our Criminology and Sociology course achieved a 100% overall student satisfaction rate in 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).


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.

Did you know?

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.



Our graduates say:

"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."

Student top tip:

The best advice I would give someone who is thinking about studying at Salford, is find out as much as you can about the course first, speak to lecturers email them for more information and get a greater understanding of what modules will covered and whether that’s right for you. Try to read as much as you can before you start, all of the lecturers on the course are active in research and are published so ask for recommendations on areas to read around as this will benefit you massively and gives you a head start. I followed some of the lecturers on Twitter before I started and a lot of them posted what they was covering in lectures, what books they were recommending, what research they were doing, etc - this massively helped me widen my own knowledge. Also look at what else the university offers before you start. University can be quite intimidating, especially if you are moving away from home, so I found it really helped me to get involved in university life outside of my academic studies such as societies, volunteering the student union. This made me feel part of something and is great experience to have for when you finish your studies.


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