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BA Criminology and Sociology

Abertay University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

BA Criminology and Sociology

Criminology and Sociology is a flexible degree. For the first two years, everyone studies the same curriculum. In years three and four our academics help you explore areas such as:

  • Gender, crime and victimology.
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • The process of criminalisation.
  • Human rights and politics.

Admission requirements

Subject Requirements

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising program such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

English Language Requirements

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements. Accepted English language qualifications include:

  • IELTS - overall score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL - overall score of 78 (individual elements: L-17, R-18, S-20, W-17)
  • Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE - overall score of 169 on Cambridge Grading Scale
  • International Baccalaureate - English B at S5 or H4, English A no specific grade required
  • European Baccalaureate - English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Courses

Year 1

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Criminal Justice Processes
  • Media & the Digital Society
  • Social Research in Action 1: Researching Scotland

Year 2

  • Classical Social Theory
  • Criminological Theories 2: Crime, Power & Social Change
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Social Research in Action 2

Year 3

  • Gender & Crime
  • Penal Institutions
  • Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Social Research in Action 3

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Political Sociology
  • Problems of Human Survival in the 21st Century

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Scottish students: £1,820 per year
  • English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and International students: £15,500 per year


Award Title: BA (Hons)

Career paths

We are extremely proud of our alumni, who have gone into a variety of different roles such as:

  • Community development worker
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Police staff
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Teacher

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Abertay University

Abertay University, in Dundee, is the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and a UK top 10 institution for both student satisfaction and teaching (Guardian University Guide 2021). Having...

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Abertay University

Abertay University
Bell Street
DD1 1HG Dundee
United Kingdom

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