Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Immigration, crime, 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 how societal structures impact on people's everyday lives and interactions, or how criminal justice relates to social justice, 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.

You’ll be taught by active researchers, whose expertise includes human rights, migration, comparative and transnational criminology, convict criminology, youth justice, terrorism studies, psychology of crime, education, gender and sexuality, 'race' and ethnicity, social movements, families, media and cultural studies. You’ll have access to a wide range of specialist option modules in both disciplines, and you’ll have the opportunity to take a work experience module where you can put into practice the personal and professional skills you've developed while studying.

This combined degree enables you to sufficiently specialise in criminology to enter professions connected to the criminal justice system, but also benefit from the broader careers available to sociologists. You'll also gain the transferable skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our students go on to careers in the police and police-supporting organisations, crime prevention, the probation service, the charity and non-governmental organisations sector, local and central government, teaching, social work, youth work, and many more.

This course offers a unique curriculum. A distinctive feature of the course is our use of London as a learning and teaching resource, with several modules offering field trips around the city such as museum visits and themed street walks. You’ll be part of a diverse and international student culture, and you can also gain valuable experience studying abroad for a semester.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Study in a multicultural city – London is one of the world's most diverse cities, making it a fascinating place to study sociology and criminology. We make the most of our central location, with field trips around the city, museum visits and themed street walks
  • Thrive in an academically supportive environment – you'll be taught by friendly, dedicated lecturers who are all active researchers
  • Engage critically with contemporary issues – our curriculum focuses on social and criminal justice and, together with students from diverse backgrounds, you'll explore some of the most important issues facing the world today
  • A wide-ranging learning experience – by combining sociology and criminology you'll have access to a broad range of specialist modules, giving you a well-rounded learning experience that enables you to pursue a variety of careers

Course structure

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, online discussions, individual and group tutorials, and field trips.

We make use of a wide range of assessment methods to suit different learning styles, from essays and exams to portfolios, research reports, policy analyses, group presentations, and your final year dissertation.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Crime and the London Underworld
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Identity and Society
  • Introducing Gender
  • London Explored
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Researching Crime and Society
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Understanding Race

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Education Now
  • Emotional Life
  • Food, Taste and Consumption
  • 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

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Dissertation in Sociology and Criminology
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Consuming Race
  • Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
  • Gender, Education and Identity
  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Making Bodies: Gender, Culture, Science
  • 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
  • Victims of Crime
  • Work Experience in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

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


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Successful alumni

Previous graduates have found positions in companies and organisation including the Department for Work and Pensions, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Save the Children.

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Work experience

Some of the organisations with which previous students have found work placements include Prisoner Advice and Care Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Sociology and Criminology BA students have the opportunity to take a work experience module in either the second or third year of their degree, where they are supported to find placements with a range of graduate employers.

Some of the organisations with which previous students have found placements include:

  • George Mitchell School
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • London Metropolitan Police
  • Prisoner Advice and Care Trust
  • Victim Support

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles, such as:

  • Charity/NGO worker
  • Local government official
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker

Graduate employers

Recent employers of our graduates include:

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Haverstock School
  • Kent Police
  • Medway Youth Trust
  • Save the Children

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study with us?

Intellectually stimulating teaching

100% of our students felt that the course is intellectually stimulating.

Source: Discover Uni (Site accessed May 2020)

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A supportive environment

Our teaching staff are dedicated, friendly and supportive, and challenge all our students to achieve to the best of their ability.

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Wide-ranging learning experience

This course combines sociology and criminology to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

Studying Sociology and Criminology

Studying Criminology

Studying Sociology

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – CCC to BBB

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM

  • BTEC Diploma – DD to D*D*

  • Access – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

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

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

What our students say

Jack O’Mahony

Jack O’Mahony

Sociology and Criminology BA

I feel that the degree has made me far more confident in critically analysing, interpreting and understanding numerous different aspects of society I had previously studied and opened up a much greater understanding of topics I hadn't studied before, across a variety of aspects of everyday life. I was fortunate to have access to a wide range of modules, allowing me to explore a diversity of topics. This was enhanced even more by my decision to do a joint honours degree, allowing greater control over - and variation in - what I studied. Throughout, I had access to a supportive environment provided by both my lecturers and fellow students and was able to develop greater personal confidence, while also building strong and long-lasting networks with the people on my course.

Roshan Johnson

Roshan Johnson

Sociology and Criminology BA

Sociology and Criminology is a great degree to pursue as it enables you to choose the modules that you are most interested in, with friendly and dedicated lectures to support you to become the best version of yourself. What is also very good about the Joint Honours of Sociology and Criminology is that lectures encourage you to think outside the box and challenge theories that are being presented to you in order to further develop your own understanding within any given topic. If you are interested in the way that society works, want a degree that offers a wide range of job opportunities, debate on aspects of life that seem 'normal' and challenge certain aspects of the criminal justice system then this is the degree for you!

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.


As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.


The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.


The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.


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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Social Sciences subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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