Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

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BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for learning at degree level and for thinking like a social scientist. You’ll study the following modules.

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Society and You
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2
  • Introduction to Study in the Social Sciences
  • Making Society Work 

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £12,800

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £8,500

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

About the course

Criminology and Sociology represents a logical and valuable combination of subjects. In this degree you will explore the diverse social, cultural, economic and political factors which can be the causes of what we consider to be ‘crime’ in any one time and place. Crime happens in social contexts which Sociology helps us to understand. Through real world examples you will explore societal responses to crime and look at the importance of crime’s impact on society. You will examine your own attitudes towards crime, criminals and victims, as well as different social groups, cultures and social institutions.

You will be studying at one of the country’s most prestigious centres for Criminology, where our School of Social Sciences pioneered this popular area of study more than 30 years ago. The range of modules and the diverse backgrounds of our teaching staff reflect the valuable multidisciplinary approach taken to both Criminology and Sociology at Hull. Our strong links with local criminal justice and social service agencies and charities provide fantastic opportunities for placements and other work experience. If you don't have the academic qualifications to enter the programme directly, we also offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree -level study.

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Demand for Criminology graduates has increased significantly in recent years and our degree equips you with the knowledge and skills that are invaluable for a career in the field of crime and criminal justice. Common career paths for Criminology graduates include the police, prison and probation services, the legal professions and academic or Civil Service research.

We hold an annual Criminal Justice careers event to introduce you to criminal justice and related organisations, helping you make vital career connections.

Once you have started studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career. This is one of the factors that distinguishes us from other universities and the reason our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix standards. Matrix is the UK mark for advice, information and guidance services.

There's a range of services to assist you in development of skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance – and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.