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

  • Visualising the Other: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Crime, Deviance and Society

  • Collecting Social Data

  • Development of Criminological Theory

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Punishment, Dangerousness and Risk

  • Psychology of Offending and Victimisation

  • Analysing Social Data

  • Power and Resistance: Cosmopolitan Political Sociology

  • Free Elective

Optional modules

  • Sociology of Popular Culture

  • Visual Sociology

  • Magic, Ritual and Myth

  • Material Religion

  • Race and Social Justice

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

  • Organisations of Violence

Optional modules

  • Perspectives on Health and Disability

  • Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS

  • Applying Ethnography

  • Gender and International Development

  • Cosmopolitan Citizenship

  • Evil

  • Criminal Justice Placement

  • Green Criminology

  • Surveillance and Society

  • Drug Use Today

  • Cyberspace Identity and Youth

  • Social Bodies: Sociology of the Body

  • Ethnographic Travels Around the World

  • Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Conflict

  • Sacred Spaces, Sacred Media

  • Histories of punishment

  • Prostitutes, pickpockets and peelers

  • Transnational Organised Crime

  • Desistance

  • Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

  • Contemporary Imprisonment

  • Understanding Terrorism

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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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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
  • International: £14,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

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.