Criminology student Megan Witty with Humberside Police

Department of Criminology and Sociology

A pioneer in the field, the University of Hull was one of the first in the UK to deliver criminology programmes over 50 years ago. Many of the country's leading scholars have studied or taught here since.

With sociology and our partners in the Wilberforce Institute, the department delivers superb teaching and impactful research with a socially-conscious edge.

Head of department


Professor Robert Dover


Our courses

Tailor your degree to your own interests and gain a deep understanding of the theories and methods that sociologists use to make sense of the constantly changing world around us. Our strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies offer fantastic openings for work experience, work placements and job opportunities.


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University of Hull Brynmor Jones Library at dusk

Take a tour of the facilities

Criminology and Sociology students enjoy 24/7 access to the recently-restored Brynmor Jones Library which boasts more than a million books.

Our community

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Kickstart your career in Criminal Justice

Here’s the good news – there are lots of career opportunities out there in the field of criminal justice, and they are also incredibly rewarding.

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Life inside. From the inside.

Criminology at Hull is part of the national Learning Together network, which brings our undergraduates together with students from HMP Hull to learn alongside each other – and from each other.

More about Learning Together

Student Writing Retreats

Writing to deadlines can be a challenging – and sometimes lonely – endeavour for students and staff. At our regular writing retreats, students and staff gather for a day to write and to share experiences and ideas.

Contact Dr Alexander Ornella to find out more.

Student Research Journal

Our student's findings on everything from terrorism to takeaways.

Take a look at our student research

"When I found out there was a placement with Humberside Police, I knew it was right for me"

Watch: Find out why Jasmine Morley chose Criminology at Hull.

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Take a virtual taster session

Watch: Join Dr Alexander Ornella and Jordan Milnes to find out more about Criminology at Hull.

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Our Criminal Ancestors

This project hopes to share an understanding of the sometimes difficult situations that lead to our ancestors encountering the criminal justice system.

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Appropriate Adult Scheme

Play your part in helping vulnerable people in police custody, supporting them through interviews, fingerprint checks, alcohol/drug testing and much more.

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Research in the Department of Criminology and Sociology is truly diverse.

Always outward-facing and challenging – our research works across many subjects to explore criminal justice, social justice, contemporary slavery, equality and diversity, gender and health.

99% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating*
From helping to gather evidence and interpreting intelligence, to dog handling to going out on the beat, our students take part in every element of policing.
Hull pioneered this exciting area of study 30 years ago and has gone on to become one of the UK's leading criminology centres.


* Percentage of students from social sciences subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018