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BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

UCAS Code LM39

Learn how to ‘think like a criminologist’, alongside the theory and methods of social science. We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for Criminology and 3rd for Sociology (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

Criminology and Sociology

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date January or September
  • Duration 36 months or 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

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. We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for Criminology and 3rd in Scotland for Sociology (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    ABBB - one sitting
    AABB - two sittings

    GCE A-levels
    BBB

    IB Diploma
    32 points

    BTEC (Level 3)
    DDM 

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers
    ABB

    GCE A-levels
    ABB

    IB Diploma
    35 points

    Essential subjects
    To include Sociology

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Minimum entry: Bs in graded units.

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    Merits and distinctions.

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

  • Advanced entry

    Advanced entry is possible with an HNC or HND in Social Sciences. For information on accepted courses please consult our Advanced Entry pages.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent.

  • Other routes of entry

    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

    If you’re an international student and don’t meet the academic and English-language requirements for entry onto this degree, there are other options to prepare you. You could take our International Foundation programme. Delivered by INTO University of Stirling on our campus, you can benefit from excellent teaching and supportive English language training. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences provides guaranteed progression to Year 2 of this degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS - 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

In Semesters 1-4, you’ll take the following core modules:

  • Social Differentiation - the effects that differences in gender, age, ethnicity and status have on the way in which people are treated in different societies.
  • Social Problems - contemporary social issues and policy responses including crime, white collar crime and immigration crime.
  • Understanding Social Policy - historical and theoretical perspectives on social policy analysis including crime policy.
  • The Development of Social Theory: An Introduction to Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
  • Crime and Criminal Justice - the architecture of the criminal justice system, and evidence on, and explanations for, crime and offending.

You’ll also take two additional modules in any subject in semesters 1-4.

In Semesters 5-8, you’ll take two core modules:

  • The Research Process is split into two modules.
    The first is an introduction to a range of research methods and a number of issues relating to the exploration of the social world. In the second, you’ll gain a deeper practical and theoretical understanding of research methods in sociology and social policy.

You’ll also choose four advanced option modules, which could include: Global Markets and Crime; Crimes of the Powerful; Punishment and Society; Criminological Theories in Context; or Gender, Crime and Justice. When you reach your final year of the Honours degree, you’ll undertake a research dissertation.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is delivered through lectures, workshops and small discussion groups.

    Year 1 modules aim to bridge the gap between school and university study through coursework assessments. You’ll also receive tuition in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, which is invaluable for your Year 4 dissertation.

    A mentoring system is also in place for Year 3 students entering Honours.

  • Assessment

    Assessment for each module is normally based on a combination of coursework and examinations. For example, one essay (30 percent) and an examination (70 percent). The final-year dissertation counts for two modules. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to put research methods you’ve studied into practice and focus on a particular interest.

  • Classroom hours

    Typically, each module involves of two lectures plus one workshop per week.

  • Study abroad

    As a University of Stirling student you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

    Find out more about studying abroad.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What can you do with a Criminology and Sociology degree?

As a Criminology and Sociology graduate, you’ll leave with the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that are valued by many employers throughout the private, public and voluntary sectors. Also you’ll have the perfect training required for jobs related to crime, justice and welfare, such as a probation officer, police officer, youth worker and community development worker.

  • Stirling Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy graduates have a higher-than-average employment rate in degree relevant careers (in the UK)

Our Criminology and Sociology degree provides you with excellent training if you’re considering a career in areas such as:

  • the police
  • prison service
  • probation
  • social work
  • community care
  • the law
  • human rights agencies
  • youth work
  • charitable foundations

The analytical and critical-thinking skills you’ll develop, are also ideal for going into research, data-science and policy-related roles.

  • Employability skills

    As well as subject-based knowledge, you’ll graduate with employable skills, particularly in critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and communication. The ability to solve problems effectively is valuable for numerous careers. This means you’ll be able to use information and generate new ideas that can transform business decisions.

  • Companies we work with

    You’ll benefit from our strong links with other organisations situated on the University of Stirling campus. These include the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, The Scottish Institute for Policing Research, and the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research.

Kate Penton-Voak
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.
Kate Penton-Voak
England BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
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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.
Megan McCulloch
Scotland BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
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