Sociology and Criminology BA Honours

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Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Regent

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.
Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £1,500.00
Overseas: £2,040.00

Immigration, human trafficking, social injustice and youth unemployment make headline news almost daily. These are the key issues of our time. If you’re interested in such issues, and want to understand why migration may be linked to global inequalities, or the role of social media in protest movements, then you should consider studying sociology and criminology. Combined, these two disciplines develop your sociological and criminological imagination and answer questions about society and its various institutions.

With its unique position in central London our University gives you access to invaluable resources for your academic work. The Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey and the BBC are some of the resources our students use. Enrolling on the course, you can also gain valuable experience studying abroad for a semester and be part of an international student culture. The programme is led by specialists in their fields, whose interests include human rights, migration, gender, ethnicity, social activism, media, psychology, theory and methodology.

The Sociology and Criminology BA Honours degree enables you to be sufficiently specialised in criminology to enter professions connected to the criminal justice system, but also benefit from the broader careers available to sociologists. You will also gain the transferable skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Our graduates go on to careers in environmental organisations, local government, non-governmental organisations, teaching, youth work and many more.

Course content

This combined degree programme offers a unique curriculum which cannot be studied at any other UK university. Distinctive features include our use of London as a learning and teaching resource and the opportunity to experience other cultures through fieldwork. A number of modules include field trips around London as well as in Berlin, Dublin and Turkey. There is also an opportunity for you to study abroad for a semester, currently in Miami, Melbourne or Sydney. Teaching and learning includes lectures, seminars, workshops and practical classes, individual tutorials, and field trips.  The course also includes a wide range of assessments, including essays, policy reports, case studies, exams, individual and group presentations, and your dissertation. 

Subjects of study

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Crime and the London Underworld
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Identity and Society
  • Introducing Gender
  • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • London Explored
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Researching Crime and Society
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Understanding Race

Year 2 (Credit Levels 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Education Now
  • Emotional Life
  • Forensic Criminal Psychology
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Globalisation and the Media
  • Globalisation, Crime and Control
  • Modern Social Theory
  • Race, Crime and Justice
  • Radical Criminology
  • Research Methods in Sociology and Criminology
  • Sexualities
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • Work Experience
  • Youth, Crime and Justice
  • Youth, Culture and Identity

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Combined Honours Dissertation
  • Contemporary Gender Studies: Feminist Theory and Beyond
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Consuming Race
  • Crossing Borders and Boundaries: Migration, Identity and Culture
  • Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
  • Gender, Education and Identity
  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Life and Death: The Medicalisation of the Body
  • Making the News
  • Media and Crime
  • Perils and Pleasures: A London Sociology of Leisure
  • Politics, Protest and the Public Sphere
  • Psychology of Crime and the Popular Imagination
  • Punishment and Modern Society
  • Research in Action
  • Victims of Crime
  • Work Experience in Criminology and Criminal Justice

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.

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Course team

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don't meet our Bachelor's degree entry requirements.

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We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

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Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

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Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

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Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


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In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

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All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

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With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

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The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

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Upcoming undergraduate open days

08 October 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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