Sociology with Criminology (BSc (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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About Sociology with Criminology at University of Portsmouth


If you're interested in studying sociological theory and methods, and you're also interested in criminology, this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree is ideal.

Two thirds of this course is based in sociology with the remaining third in criminology. You'll explore the complexities of society using social theory and have the opportunity to learn about the different theories of crime.

You'll delve into current debates about sociology and criminology, develop your critical thinking and research skills, and learn from passionate lecturers and teaching staff.

When you complete the course, you'll be suited to roles or further training in the probation service (if you follow the probation pathway), local government and police force.

What you'll experience

On this Sociology with Criminology degree course, you'll:

  • Get an in-depth understanding of sociological theory and apply this to contemporary issues
  • Learn how people's life histories relate to wider social structures
  • Get an understanding of theories of crime and criminology
  • Understand and critically analyse notions of justice
  • Assess competing perspectives on society and crime, making rational arguments based on evidence
  • Develop analytical, communication and social research skills
  • Increase your employability through local volunteer work or a work placement in a criminal justice organisation
  • Have the opportunity to study certain modules as part of the Probation Pathway, which allows you to enter the Probation Service as a trainee probation officer after the course

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written essays
  • group and individual presentations
  • group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • examinations
  • a 10,000 word dissertation

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • workshops

There's an emphasis on participation on this course, you'll take part in group debates and discussions, and gain experience in research and interviewing techniques.

Careers and opportunities

After this Sociology with Criminology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will help you get started on the career ladder and support for you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

What can I do with a Sociology with Criminology degree?

After the course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • teaching and lecturing
  • research
  • health and social care
  • advertising
  • marketing and media
  • local government
  • counselling
  • voluntary services
  • human resources and recruitment
  • business administration and personnel management
  • law enforcement
  • probation

You can also take optional specialist modules that prepare you for entry into the police force or probation service.

What jobs can I do with a Sociology with Criminology degree?

Job roles you could take on include:

  • probation officer
  • police officer
  • lecturer
  • teacher
  • civil servant
  • social researcher
  • human resource manager
  • counsellor
  • charity worker
  • campaigner

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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