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BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Portsmouth
September 2021

Program description

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

If you're interested in studying sociological theory and methods, and you're also interested in criminology, this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree is ideal.

Two thirds of this course is based in sociology with the remaining third in criminology. You'll explore the complexities of society using social theory and have the opportunity to learn about the different theories of crime.

You'll delve into current debates about sociology and criminology, develop your critical thinking and research skills, and learn from passionate lecturers and teaching staff.

When you complete the course, you'll be suited to roles or further training in the probation service (if you follow the probation pathway), local government and police force.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core sociology modules in this year are:

  • Developing your Sociological Imagination
  • Theorising Social Life
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Core criminology modules in this year are:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year are:

  • Doing Sociological Research (sociology)
  • Questioning Criminology (criminology)

You'll also need to choose 3 optional sociology modules and 1 criminology module.

Optional sociology modules in this year are:

  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Risk and Society
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Modernity and Globalisation

Optional criminology modules are:

  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Hate Crime
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigations
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Penology and Prison
  • Policing and Society
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Learning from Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad
  • Year 3
  • Core modules in this year are:
  • Sociology Dissertation or Major Project
  • You'll also need to choose 2 optional sociology modules and 2 criminology modules.
  • Optional sociology modules in this year are:
  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Optional criminology modules are:
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Dangerous Offender and Public Protection
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Political Extremism
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime
  • Contemporary Criminologies Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Gender and Crime
  • Management of Criminal Investigations
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Critical Penal Studies
  • Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
  • Policing: Law, Policy and Practice
  • Policing: Communities, Intelligence and Information
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • State crime

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £15,500 per year

Qualification

On this Sociology with Criminology degree course, you'll:

  • Get an in-depth understanding of sociological theory and apply this to contemporary issues
  • Learn how people's life histories relate to wider social structures
  • Get an understanding of theories of crime and criminology
  • Understand and critically analyse notions of justice
  • Assess competing perspectives on society and crime, making rational arguments based on evidence
  • Develop analytical, communication and social research skills
  • Increase your employability through local volunteer work or a work placement in a criminal justice organisation
  • Have the opportunity to study certain modules as part of the Probation Pathway, which allows you to enter the Probation Service as a trainee probation officer after the course

Career opportunities

After this Sociology with Criminology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will help you get started on the career ladder and support for you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

What can I do with a Sociology with Criminology degree?

After the course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • teaching and lecturing
  • research
  • health and social care
  • advertising
  • marketing and media
  • local government
  • counselling
  • voluntary services
  • human resources and recruitment
  • business administration and personnel management
  • law enforcement
  • probation

You can also take optional specialist modules that prepare you for entry into the police force or probation service.

What jobs can I do with a Sociology with Criminology degree?

Job roles you could take on include:

  • probation officer
  • police officer
  • lecturer
  • teacher
  • civil servant
  • social researcher
  • human resource manager
  • counsellor
  • charity worker
  • campaigner

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Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
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