BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Learn to ‘think like a criminologist’ alongside the theory of social science. We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021) and Top 5 in Scotland for Sociology (The Complete University Guide 2022).

Criminology and Sociology

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration 36 months or 48 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code LM39

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Choose our Criminology and Sociology degree and you’ll benefit from studying two closely related disciplines; with training both in criminology and the theory and methods of applied social science. Learn how to ‘think like a criminologist’ and apply criminology to the context of modern life, social diversity and inequalities in society. Criminologists are interested in how activities are defined as criminal, explanations for crime and social reactions to crime.

You’ll explore fascinating questions surrounding the criminal justice system, the social contexts of crime, and the relationship between behaviour and punishment. Why and how do people break the law? How can the criminal justice system define this, and how do we police, prosecute and punish people?

Our Criminology and Sociology course reflects the latest developments in social research and is taught by experts in their fields. 

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Kate Penton-Voak
Kate Penton-Voak
BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
The University offered me the Careers and Employability Internship, which allowed me to have a paid internship for a year alongside my studies, as opposed to in the holidays.
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Megan McCulloch
BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
My favourite part about the course has been the variety of topics covered, I have taken modules ranging from Criminal Law to Social Stratification and I've been able to get a taste of the many different career paths that can be pursued with this degree.
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