Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Criminology and Sociology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: LM39

What you'll study

Demand for insightful criminologists who are aware of crime’s impact on society is higher than ever. This course can train you to meet that demand.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introducing the Sociological Imagination

    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 it plays 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 been, and continue to be, deeply intertwined. An example of this shift is evident 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.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 types 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 such crimes.

  • Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the Collecting Social Data research methods module 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.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Sociology of Popular Culture

    Examine the social significance of popular culture and investigate how it can both reinforce and challenge inequalities of race, class, gender and sexuality. You'll explore key theories and concepts by engaging with a variety of popular cultural forms. A series of workshops also integrate feedback and feed-forward sessions that assess current performance and offer constructive guidance on how to do better.

  • 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 on the ‘race card’ in British politics, on hate crime, on the demonisation of asylum seekers and on the politicisation of immigration. You'll consider the disproportionate and racist policing of Britain’s black and Asian communities. You'll also gain an appreciation of the considerable political, cultural, social and economic contributions of minority communities and new immigrants to Britain.

  • Visual and Material Cultures

    Explore how visual phenomena, such as popular media, and material objects, such as fashion and food, express norms and produce culture. You will become a visual researcher yourself and create a piece of visual research.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Research Project Design

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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

  • World Citizens and Digital Challenges

  • Evil

    Study the topic of evil from a number of diverse disciplinary perspectives, including theology, religion, philosophy, race and gender studies, narratology, culture, literary studies, 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 a wide range of transferable skills and experience to help enhance your employability.

  • Modern Day Slavery in the UK

    Modern Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years, from a few thousand victims at the turn of the Millennium, to an estimated 136,000 today (Global Slavery Index, 2018).  You will consider internationally recognised definitions of modern slavery and of how its incidence and scale is measured. 

  • 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

    Religion is studied 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. You'll explore how these things have changed over time - for example, in the case of female offenders and juvenile offenders.

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

    You will study how society has conceived of the ‘problem of crime’, as well as public perceptions 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; and environmental and wildlife crimes.

  • Learning Together - Desistance from Crime

    ​Delivered off-campus, this module involves a unique learning environment where prisoners and students share the same learning space, course materials and learning objectives. You'll attend weekly lectures at HMP Hull where you will study ‘desistance’ – how and why people stop offending - alongside prisoners.

  • Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, critically analysing 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 black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

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More about this course

Criminology and sociology are a logical and valuable mix of subjects. You'll explore the diverse social, cultural, economic and political factors which cause what we consider to be ‘crime’ in any one time and place. Crime happens in social contexts which sociology helps us to understand. But what makes this course stand apart from the rest?

  • We've got one of the best-established criminology departments in the UK. And we've been pioneering the academic study of crime for more than 30 years.
  • We have strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies. So you'll be able to benefit from work placements and experience-enhancing site visits.
  • The diverse backgrounds of our teaching staff has produced a wide range of modules – you can tailor your degree to fit your interests.
  • We work with HMP Hull as part of the 'Learn Together' initiative, bringing prisoners and students together to learn.

Through real-world examples, you'll explore societal responses to crime and look at the importance of crime’s impact on society. You'll consider your own attitudes towards crime, criminals and victims – as well as different social groups, cultures and social institutions.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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.

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 - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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 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 ability tests. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance – and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.