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BA (Hons)

Criminology & Sociology

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

On our Criminology and Sociology degree you’ll explore and critically assess the way society perceives, defines and manages crime - and graduate fully prepared for a career in public or community based services.

This degree offers an exciting opportunity to get involved in a fast growing academic area in which new topics of study are opening up for criminological and sociological investigation every day. On this course you will explore both the nature of crime and of modern society through a wide range of modules. Facilities include crime scene houses, a moot court room, a legal skills recording suite, and several open access ICT rooms.

You will learn about social differences - for example, based upon gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, disability, class and age. You will also look at social and legal perceptions of, and responses to, crime and criminality.

Our strong industry links and cutting-edge research ensure that the curriculum is kept up-to-date and aligns with the skills employers need. You will work with educational and employment advisors throughout your degree, and we will ensure you have every opportunity to secure guidance in choosing your next steps.

Why study with us

  • We offer option modules on our Criminology courses, so you can tailor your degree to your interests.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Sociology is ranked 10th in England for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • The many progression routes presented on our Criminology and Sociology course allows you to customise your journey to your career aspirations.

What you'll do

  • Explore and critically assess the way society perceives, defines and manages crime - and graduate fully prepared for a career in public or community-based services.
  • The University is part of a worldwide exchange network, which includes countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and the USA.
  • You can undertake an optional elective in Year 1 or Year 2 from the Centre of Volunteering and Community Leadership at the University. Many second and third year students undertake voluntary work outside of their degree.

Introduction to Criminology undergraduate degrees

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future Careers

Our Criminology and Sociology graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams.

At the University of Central Lancashire there are numerous progression routes for you to follow, due to the diverse and wide range of topic areas, disciplinary methods and theories you will be introduced to in the course of your degree in Criminology and Sociology. Two thirds of our students will follow career paths directly connected with a vocational aspect of their degree.

Graduates from this course have looked for employment and careers in local and national government, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), policy development, social and welfare services, the criminal justice system, the civil service and the education sector.

There are also many postgraduate opportunities available, including master’s programmes, MPhils and PhDs, due to the wide variety of areas touched on in the course of the degree.

Through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, you will also have the opportunity to volunteer in a social setting. In the past students have worked with the Children's Society, Women's Refuge and Community Police volunteers.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Justice located in the Faculty of Business and Justice

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page