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Criminology and Sociology

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Criminology and Sociology

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Criminology and Sociology within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

This programme combines Criminology, the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation and social responses to crime and disorder, with Sociology, the study of human life as found in groups, institutions and societies.

Teaching draws on a range of social science perspectives and offers you the chance to explore sociological and political approaches to crime and its control along with developing the critical tools necessary for handling the analysis of all aspects of social conduct, from face-to-face interactions to how economic forces shape and are shaped by global society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB. Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

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

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Program content

  • Criminological Inquiries
  • Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Key Ideas in Social Science
  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Developing Scholarship through the Social Sciences
  • Offending and Victimisation
  • Responses to Crime
  • Contemporary Inequalities
  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Evaluating Social Practice, Policy and Innovation
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Knowing the Social World - Online and Offline Surveys
  • Ethnography and Everyday Life
  • Sensory Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Experiments in Knowing
  • Analysing Social Change
  • Crime, Security and Justice in the City
  • Police and Policing
  • Prisons and Prisoners
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Radical Education
  • Work and Skills in the 21st Century: an international perspective
  • International and Comparative Social and Public Policy
  • Power, Politics and Policy
  • Sociology on the Move 
  • The Sociology of Stigma
  • Ethnomethodology
  • The Sociology of Comedy and Humour
  • Society and Genetics
  • Digital Society and Social Change
  • CRUSH 
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Digital Social Research: Theory, Methods and Data

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,450


The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the key ideas, theories and concepts used in criminology and sociology and their relationship to themes, theories and findings from cognate disciplines.
  • An understanding of the main research methods used within the social sciences and the philosophical issues that inform their application and use in research settings.
  • A critical and in-depth understanding of research and theory in selected sub-fields of criminology and sociology and the relevance of this work to contemporary social debates, issues or problems.
  • An understanding of the role empirical evidence plays in the creation and constraint of theory, and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critically evaluate existing knowledge, scholarship and research in criminology and sociology and use this knowledge to reach a balanced judgement about the merits and relevance of competing claims and theoretical perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate the use of evidence in social science disciplines and policy debates, drawing on both broad methods training and subject specific knowledge
  • Utilise knowledge and skills to understand and explain social phenomena of interest to criminology and sociology and apply this understanding to new or novel questions.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Design and use a range of data collection instruments needed to explore and understand the social world
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and interpret primary and secondary data generated using different methods, using specialist software where necessary
  • Work both collaboratively and individually on theoretically informed and empirically-grounded projects that draw on appropriate and relevant research evidence

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capacity for problem-solving and originality in thinking by using knowledge and skills to tackle familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Academic and personal skills such as critical thinking, writing, oral presentations, problem solving, group work, time-management, and the use of information technology.
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a variety of formats including reports, oral presentations, posters and dissertations

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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