Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Criminology and Sociology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: LM39

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introducing the Sociological Imagination: The Individual and Society

    This module maps the relationship between the individual and society. It will encourage you to think of yourself as a 'sociologist' and to consider your place in the world.

  • Visualising the Other

    This module will introduce you to the concept and idea of the "other". You will be exploring how difference is socially constructed, how they play out on a visual level, and how visual material is used to include some and exclude others.

  • Crime, Deviance and Society

    Look back to the origins of criminology by focusing upon the concepts and study of deviance. The module brings you up to the present day by tracing how crime and deviance have, and continue to be, deeply intertwined, e.g. in how rapidly and completely our ideas about what is and is not criminal can change drastically over time, and how this is reflected in society and in the law.

  • Collecting Social Data

    The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. This provides a foundation for critical skills in understanding research, as well as the practical skills to conduct independent research.

  • Development of Criminological Theory

    You will study the development of criminological theory, ranging from biological and psychological theories of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, to the emergence of new deviancy theory, radical perspectives, and rational choice theories.

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Punishment, Dangerousness and Risk

    You will study how and why we punish offenders and how offenders are dealt with by the contemporary penal system. You will examine how risk assessment and public protection has influenced the criminal justice system and consider a range of case studies of different type of offenders.

  • Psychology of Offending and Victimisation

    You will learn about the decisions made by offenders in committing crime - such as why burglars choose one house over another - and how the attitudes, emotions and behaviours of victims are affected by those crimes.

  • Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the research methods module Collecting Social Data, and focuses on the next stages of social research, involving analysis and interpretation of research data. You will cover a range of approaches for analysis and interpretation of a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research data.

  • Power and Resistance: Cosmopolitan Political Sociology

  • Free Elective

Optional modules

  • Sociology of Popular Culture

  • Visual Sociology

  • Magic, Ritual and Myth: Decolonising Otherness

    Learn about the 'otherness' of the non-Western other and how its most misunderstood beliefs and practices - magic, ritual and myth, can be de-colonised and become familiar.

  • Race and Social Justice

    You will review the historical origins and current patterns of settlement of minority ethnic communities within Britain. You'll reflect upon the ‘race card’ in British politics, on hate crime, the demonisation of asylum seekers and the politicisation of immigration. You'll consider the disproportionate and racist policing of Britain’s Black and Asian communities and gain an appreciation of the considerable political, cultural, social and economic contributions of minority communities and new immigrants to Britain.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

There are two options in your final year, and your core modules will depend on your choice of research Project Design or Dissertation to build your research skills.

Core modules

  • Research Project Design

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Perspectives on Health and Disability

  • Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data Analysis

    This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way, and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.

  • Applying Ethnography

  • Gender and International Development

  • Cosmopolitan Citizenship

  • Evil

    Study the topic of evil from a number of diverse disciplinary perspectives, including theology, religion, philosophy, race and gender studies, narratology, culture and literary /film studies, psychoanalysis, politics, social psychology, anthropology, sociology and criminology. This is an interesting, challenging module that requires a lot of reflection.

  • Criminal Justice and Community Safety Placements

    You will take part in a proactive work placement where you experience the nature and range of work undertaken by the police and other criminal justice agencies. This provides you with with a wide range of transferable skills and experience to help to enhance your employability.

  • Green Criminology

    Green Criminology is the study of environmental crime, corporate/white collar, and state crime. It includes crimes against animals and also transnational organised crime, in addition to food crime and food security, the illegal trades in wild flora and fauna, and the impacts of climate change upon all types of crime, to name just a few.

  • Surveillance and Social Control

    You will study a wide range of competing theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a 'surveillance society' and examine what impact this transformation is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice.

  • Drug Use Today

    You will be introduced to the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society from sociological and psychological perspectives. You'll also explore the range of theoretical perspectives used to explain drug using behaviour.

  • Cyberspace, Identity and Youth

    Explore contemporary, sociological understandings of cyberspace, place, young people and identity. This module critically engages with a range of contemporary mobile and internet technologies.

  • Ethnographic Travels Around the World

    In this module, you'll engage in ethnographic research and writing. In selected case studies, you will explore groups, communities, and cultures around the world from the perspective of cultural difference and diversity.

  • Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Conflict

    In the era of ‘austerity,’ social mobility in the UK has flatlined and social inequalities have become a cause for increasing political debate and public disquiet. You will consider the following topics: the relationship between Politics, Power and Inequalities; the form and scale of inequalities; social class and social divisions; inequalities in relation to gender, ‘race;’ and disability; the ‘problem of youth’ and the causes and consequences of social conflict through the window of the English riots, 2011.

  • Sacred Spaces-Sacred Media: Exploring Religion Online

    Religion is studies as a communication system that influences and is greatly influenced by various communication technologies. You will research online environments such as social media platforms or video games, exploring them as new "sacred spaces".

  • Histories of punishment

    You will study the history of punishment and penal policy between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. You will examine public punishments, notably execution, transportation overseas, the birth of the prison, the operation of the Victorian penal system and the ways in which different offenders have been punished and how this has changed over time (e.g. female offenders, juvenile offenders).

  • Prostitutes, Pickpockets and Peelers: Crime and Policing, 1750-1950

    You will study how society has conceived of the ‘problem of crime’ and public perceptions of crime and responses to it from 1750 to 1950. You will examine crime, offending and crime control mechanisms examining for example, the 'criminal classes', juvenile delinquency, prostitution, rural crime and the development of policing.

  • Transnational Organised Crime

    Become familiar with the historic and contemporary theories and concepts that inform our understanding of Transnational Organised Crime (TOC). You will work on an individual and a group basis to consider a range of contemporary areas of transnational crime, including the trade in illegal drugs and arms, people trafficking for the sex trade and forced labour, cybercrime and online child abuse, terrorism, corporate crime, environmental and wildlife crimes.

  • Desistance

  • Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, and critically analyse their key concepts, values, principles, practices and controversies surrounding them.

  • Contemporary Imprisonment

    You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly and BME groups.

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More about this course

Criminology and Sociology represents a logical and valuable combination of subjects. In this degree you will explore the diverse social, cultural, economic and political factors which can be the causes of what we consider to be ‘crime’ in any one time and place. Crime happens in social contexts which Sociology helps us to understand. Through real world examples you will explore societal responses to crime and look at the importance of crime’s impact on society. You will examine your own attitudes towards crime, criminals and victims, as well as different social groups, cultures and social institutions.

You will be studying at one of the country’s most prestigious centres for Criminology, where our School of Social Sciences pioneered this popular area of study more than 30 years ago. The range of modules and the diverse backgrounds of our teaching staff reflect the valuable multidisciplinary approach taken to both Criminology and Sociology at Hull. Our strong links with local criminal justice and social service agencies and charities provide fantastic opportunities for placements and other work experience.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Hull pioneered this exciting area of study more than 30 years ago and is one of the UK's leading criminology centres.

Work alongside police officers on placement, applying your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations.

Tailor your degree by combining criminology with sociology, psychology, law or forensic science.

Friendly, accessible, expert staff from a diverse range of backgrounds, each with their own unique approach.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Demand for Criminology graduates has increased significantly in recent years and our degree equips you with the knowledge and skills that are invaluable for a career in the field of crime and criminal justice. Common career paths for Criminology graduates include the police, prison and probation services, the legal professions and academic or Civil Service research.

We hold an annual Criminal Justice careers event to introduce you to criminal justice and related organisations, helping you make vital career connections.

Once you have started studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career. This is one of the factors that distinguishes us from other universities and the reason our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix standards. Matrix is the UK mark for advice, information and guidance services.

There's a range of services to assist you in development of skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance – and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.