Sociology with Criminology, University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

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About Sociology with Criminology at University of Portsmouth


People are not born criminals. On this course, you’ll explore how human relationships and social structures influence behaviour. You’ll discover how power dynamics and inequalities create crime. And you’ll see people who break and enforce the law in a new light.

With many diverse options to choose from, you can tailor this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree around topics that fascinate you – from identity issues, such as race and sexuality, to issues of experience, such as happiness, gang crime or serial killing. 

Modules are taught by experts who draw directly from their research activity – to give you the latest knowledge in the field.

What you'll experience

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

  • Explore topics informed by our latest research, from a curriculum constantly updated to reflect new ideas in areas as diverse as black studies, gender, class and inequality
  • Learn how to persuade others through evidence-based argument, by taking a critical look at different ideas of society, crime and justice
  • Go beyond issues of crime to explore the human experience more broadly – from migration to inequalities, from food to celebrity culture
  • Practice analysing human behaviour through social research, so you can gain insights to help improve people’s wellbeing
  • Customise your degree to match your ambitions: some modules reduce the amount of time you’d need to train for a policing career or as a probation officer 

Between your second and third year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.

Work experience and career planning

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.

After your second year of study, you can choose to do a paid work placement year in the UK or overseas. This lets you put your new skills to work while developing valuable links with employers.

It’s fantastic for your CV and will really help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations – whatever they might be. For example, a recent student joined an anti-poaching operation in South Africa.

Mentoring and support throughout your placement will help you to get the most from the experience.

You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

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
  • events, talks and visits

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.

Student Destinations

Studying a combination of sociology and criminology opens up a wide range of potential careers, both in and out of the criminal justice system. Whether you’re attracted to careers that involve working closely with other people, or roles that call for rigorous and structured thinking, you’ll be well prepared.

This is because you’ll graduate with a set of skills that are transferable to all kinds of professions. Those skills include:

  • insight into people and social dynamics
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • qualitative and quantitative research
  • the ability to shape and communicate an argument

For proof that a wide range of employers value these skills, look at the diversity of roles our recent graduates have taken on. They include: police officer, recruitment consultant, litigation paralegal, digital forensics assistant and victim support caseworker.

You’ll graduate ready to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • health and social care
  • law enforcement
  • probation
  • counselling
  • advertising, marketing and media
  • teaching and lecturing
  • human resources and recruitment
  • business administration and personnel management

You could also progress into research-related jobs or pursue further research and study at postgraduate level.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

112-128 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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