Undergraduate

Criminology and Sociology

Criminology student Megan Witty with Humberside Police
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We pioneered this exciting area of study and were one of the first universities to teach criminology courses over 50 years ago. We’ve been at the forefront ever since.
The practical skills you’ll develop with a Criminology degree at Hull are career-enhancing and give you an edge over the competition.
You’ll have the chance to apply for a placement with Humberside Police thanks to our close relationships with criminal justice agencies.
Criminology is a life-changing industry. You’ll study the society’s responses to crime and how crime affects society – and graduate ready for a broad range of careers.
We’re one of the few universities with a replica crime scene training facility. So you’ll get hands-on experience of crime scene investigation.
We’ve invested millions in our campus – our library includes a variety of study spaces, group learning rooms and over 400 open-access PCs.
Criminology student Megan Witty with Humberside Police
criminology student holding sheet of fingerprint samples
student on police placement with lecturer
Visitors to This is Hull relaxing the library plaza
students using the Criminology Crime Scene Room
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Discover the social, cultural, economic and political factors that lead to crime.

Drawing from real-world examples, you’ll explore the effects of crime on society and how society responds to crime. Our strong links with criminal justice agencies give us unique insight into the world of criminology – so everything you learn is shaped by the latest industry knowledge and techniques.

Get hands-on experience of crime scene investigation, the chance to apply for a Humberside Police placement, and develop in-demand skills. And graduate ready to work in this life-changing industry.

  • Gather evidence

    in our replica crime scene

  • Top 15 in the UK

    for Research Quality 1

  • Annual

    Careers in Criminal Justice Fair

  • 100%

    of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating 2

  • Top 5 in the UK

    for Value Added 3

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About this course

Criminology and Sociology combine to help us understand how crime happens within social contexts.

You’ll consider your own attitudes to crime, criminals and victims. Explore the relationship between the individual and society, the concept of deviance and how offenders are punished. And be taught by expert staff that specialise in current criminology and criminal justice issues.

We’re one of the few universities in the UK to have a purpose-built replica crime scene training facility. So you can get to grips with collecting evidence, exploring criminal activity and see the world of forensic science brought to life.

As part of our Career-ready Guarantee, you’ll put the theory into practice on field trips to courts, police stations and prisons, as well as policing projects and placements. All thanks to our close partnerships with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies.

You’ll get the chance to apply for a semester-long placement with Humberside Police. And can also meet significant regional and national employers at our annual Careers in Criminal Justice Fair.

Then graduate with practical experience that gives you an edge over the competition.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

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.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Becoming a Criminologist

This is a foundational 40 credit module designed to introduce Criminology as a discipline in the 21st century and support you in an inclusive learning environment as you transition to higher education. You will learn about the practical and theoretical foundations you need to reach your potential for the years ahead. You will have the opportunity to use our Crime Scene Room to bring theory and practice together. Students are also supported in their academic and study skills, digital literacy, and teamwork to inform future studies.

Compulsory40 credits

Global Issues - Local Impact

The world is facing a number of global challenges that no country by itself is able to tackle. Disarmament and international peace, energy poverty, food and water resources, and climate change are just some of today's challenges. You'll learn about these global issues and how they affect people's lives in local communities. 

Compulsory20 credits

Crime, Deviance and Society

Look back to the origins of criminology by focusing upon the concepts and study of deviance. You'll trace how crime and deviance have been - and continue to be - deeply intertwined. 

Compulsory20 credits

Social Research in Practice

The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. It's a foundation for skills in understanding research and practical skills for conducting independent research.

Compulsory20 credits

Sociological Storytelling - Making Sense of Society

Look at imaginative visions of the past, present, and future to better understand contemporary social issues. Using sociological tools and concepts, you'll identify ideologies and social structures that shape people's experiences. You'll study themes such as gender and sexuality, poverty and wealth, technology, and social change. 

Compulsory20 credits
5 Modules

Global Insecurities – Future of Humanity

Explore current insecurities and examine how private troubles and public issues are linked. You'll develop your ability to link academic theory and findings to real-world situations like modernity, globalisation and its (broken) promise; colonial legacies and neo-colonial realities; and migration and dislocation.

Compulsory40 credits

Sexuality, Deviance, and Race: Visuals of Society

In our day to day lives, we experience and witness ethical challenges, injustices and violence. This module exposes injustices and explores the power of representation. Visual analysis of the complex relationship between sexuality, deviance, and race on national and international levels will feed into broader social discourses. Case studies and internet usage will provide knowledge of the mechanisms that are able to produce and recognise the power of the image – both human and object.

Compulsory20 credits

Getting Ready for the Dissertation

This module prepares you for your final year and your dissertation research project. You will have the opportunity to engage with agencies and the challenges they are facing. You will discover the diversity of potential research topics and methodological approaches.

Compulsory20 credits

Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Conflict

In austerity Britain, social inequalities are causing political debate and public disquiet. You'll consider social divisions; the 'problem of youth' ; and the consequences of social conflict. 

Optional20 credits

Offending and Victimisation

Why do burglars choose some houses and not others? Does alcohol make people violent? How do offenders think about their chances of getting caught? How does being a victim affect mental health and how does childhood adversity affect crime as an adult? This module focuses on the individual, as a victim, an offender, or both. It explores how people make decisions to commit crime and how being a victim of crime affects behaviour.

Optional20 credits

Punishment, Dangerousness and Risk

Examine why and how we punish offenders through a critical overview of the operation of the penal system. You'll explore ideas about dangerousness, public protection, and risk in our penal system and how this has influenced policy and practice in recent decades.

Optional20 credits

Atrocities and Transitional Justice

Switch your focus from 'ordinary' crime to genocide, mass violence, gross human rights violations and political oppression. Explore how best to deal with the legacies of atrocities. This module seeks answers to an old question of how best to deal with legacies of atrocities which, if unaddressed, are likely to fuel future conflicts.

Optional20 credits

Transnational Organised Crime

Learn the concepts behind our grasp of transnational organised crime. You'll cover areas including the drugs and arms trade; people trafficking; cybercrime; and terrorism. 

Optional20 credits

Ritual Crime, Resistance and Religion

In this exciting module, you will look at religion, magic, and myth as contested sites that are tangled up in processes of colonization, criminalization, and exclusion. Together, we will look at issues such as bodily rituals and ritual killings, criminalization of religious practices, (mis)conception of voodoo, or illegal animal killings to name just a few.

Optional20 credits
9 Modules

Dissertation (Criminology)

You’ve made it through two years of studying other people’s research. Now it’s your time to create your own! In this 40 credit module, you can choose any topic from criminology and sociology to explore in more detail. With support from your dissertation supervisor and using the research competencies you have developed throughout your programme, you will develop a research question and find a way to answer that question. Interview police officers, survey students, search historical archives – the questions and methods are endless.

Compulsory40 credits

Terrorism and Cybersecurity

Terrorism and cyber security have become prominent and challenging public policy problems since 2000, that involve the whole of government and a large number of civic society organisations. This module helps you to understand the drivers to these forms of criminality and provides tools to help you identify those at risk and to suggest ways to contain and roll back these threats in future.

Optional20 credits

Modern-Day Slavery in the UK

Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years - now reaching some 136,000 victims. You'll consider definitions of slavery and how its scale is measured. You will adopt a social harm perspective, maintaining a victim/survivor focus whilst formulating proactive strategies for more effective preventative approaches to modern slavery.

Optional20 credits

Sex Work, Policy and Crime

Critically examine the historical, legal, social and cultural dimensions of the sex industry by using the major theories of crime and deviance. You'll explore why there is a market for sex in the first place, and the economic, cultural and social factors which impact upon the realities of the work. You will look beyond media stereotypes at what working in the industry can be like.

Optional20 credits

Drug Use Today

This module introduces the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society. You'll explore the sociological and psychological perspectives used to explain drug-using behaviour. 

Optional20 credits

Mental Health, Illness and Society

What constitutes mental health, mental illness, treatment, justice & human rights is a contested topic with various ideological tensions. You'll take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of mental illness and persons with mental disability. You will consider the implications of the professional power of institutional psychiatry, the historical shifts in mental health care policy, the role of the criminal justice system, and the disability rights advocacy and human rights perspectives.

Optional20 credits

Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

Restorative justice aims to repair the harm caused by offending behaviour by including people with a direct stake in the offence in finding a solution to benefit all. You'll examine the development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, analysing their key concepts, values, principles and practices - as well as the controversies surrounding them.

Optional20 credits

Histories of Punishment

Study the history of punishment and penal policy between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. You'll 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.

Optional20 credits

Criminal Justice and Community Safety Placements

Experience the nature and range of work carried out by the police and other criminal justice agencies on a work placement. You'll learn about their priorities, organisation, work activities, and daily routines from the people who do the job and gain a range of skills to enhance your employability.

Optional20 credits

What Works Criminology

Everyone has ideas about how to reduce crime, make police more effective or improve victim satisfaction. But how do we know what works? This module introduces you to the methods that explore what works in Criminology and equips you with the necessary critical and methodological skills.

Optional20 credits

Quantitative Data Analysis

Quantitative data analysis skills are used widely across an ever-increasing range of professions. On this module, you'll learn valuable transferrable skills, highly sought after by many potential employers. You will take part in practical computing workshops, and gain hands-on experience in applying a variety of data analysis tools, including SPSS, Python and R).

Optional20 credits

Surveillance and Social Control

You'll study a range of theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a surveillance society - and examine the impact this is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice. You will also explore some of the wider social, political, economic, and cultural drivers behind the emergence of ‘new surveillance’ technologies.

Optional20 credits

Contemporary Imprisonment

Study the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of prison sentences and consider the effects of incarceration on offenders. 

Optional20 credits

Social Justice, Health and Wellbeing

This module deals with understanding health and wellbeing from a sociological/criminological perspective. You will focus on interactions between society/crime and aspects of health and wellbeing, ranging from public health and the criminal justice system to socio-economic disparities and global health inequalities.

Optional20 credits

Multi-Agency Working to Manage Risk

Multi-agency working and risk management are central to the working of the criminal justice system in the UK. They impact on sentencing, punishment, treatment, rehabilitation, release, community management and reintegration. This module provides you with insight into the current performance and risk management procedures in the UK and how they impact the management of offenders.

Optional20 credits

Criminal Investigation

You'll learn specialist investigatory techniques and consider how this produces evidence in the courtroom. Explore topics such as offender profiling and forensic investigation through the medium of miscarriages of justice that focus on key issues around race, gender, religion and other social characteristics. You'll also get practical experience by taking part in crime scene room simulations.

Optional20 credits

Environmental Crimes and Green Criminology

Explore different types, causes and actors of eco-crimes perpetrated against the environment and non-human species through the critical lens of green criminology. Through practical examples and contemporary issues, you will analyse important topics such as wildlife crimes, food crimes, environmental activism and the involvement of organised and corporate crime. 

Optional20 credits

Radicalisation, Activism and Religion

Why do people become radicalised? Together, we will focus on specific case studies to critically analyse the complex and complicated relationship between radicalisation, gender, religion, power, and activism on an international level.

Optional20 credits

Criminal Psychology

This module focuses on the contribution of psychology to our understanding of why some people commit crime, how we can improve criminal investigations and trials, and the role of the forensic psychologist within the criminal justice system. Questions explored include: what is a psychopath, what effect does solitary confinement have on a prisoner’s mental health, can offenders be rehabilitated, and what can a crime scene tell us about the criminal.

Optional20 credits
19 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a 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.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

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 & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Crime Scene Training Facility

Get to grips – literally – with topics from modern-day slavery to knife crime, and from domestic violence to cybercrime in our on-campus crime scene training facility.

Brynmor Jones Library

Our seven-storey library is a superb learning space. As well as over a million books, there’s a variety of study areas, and one amazing view.

Open-Access PCs

You’ll find over 400 open-access PCs at your disposal in our library. There’s also group learning rooms with big-screen PCs, teaching rooms and private study rooms – plus interactive projector tables.

Group Lecture Theatres

Collaborate with our expert academics and your fellow students and in group lecture theatres.

See more in our virtual tour
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crime scene lab littered with evidence
Brynmor Jones Library Observation Deck
Brynmor Jones Library Reading Room
Wilberforce TV Teaching Room
Two female police officers

Future prospects

Demand for Criminologists with insight into the impact of crime on society is higher than ever.

The knowledge and skills gained on our Criminology degrees are genuinely career enhancing. Through placements, work experience and a diverse course of study and research, you’ll gain the key skills that are in demand across a wide range of careers.

You could go onto roles within the police force, HM Prison Service, the Probation Service, legal professions, social work, the charity sector or the Civil Service.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. (Criminology, Joint 15th) The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.
  2. (Sociology) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.
  3. (Criminology, Joint 4th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

 

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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