Criminology student Megan Witty with Humberside Police

School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing

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.


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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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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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Safer Hull ‘Great Nights Out’

Professor Simon Green and Dr Nicola O’Leary explore the reasons behind why we all have a responsibility to look out for each other when we’re enjoying a few drinks over Christmas.

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Research in the School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing 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.

We're one of the few universities to have a replica crime scene facility on campus, giving you real-world experience to help kickstart your career.
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.


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