BA Hons Sociology and Criminology

University Of Greenwich

Program Overview

Through this course in sociology and criminology, you'll explore how social structures and institutions shape the individual and society. You'll gain an understanding of crime and violence, crime policy and the relationship between social status and access to justice and rights.


The course also explores how we define crime, how society deals with crime, and how the distinction between crime and deviance changes over time.


Popular careers for our sociology and criminology graduates include criminal justice, public policy, education, youth work, social services, community work and policing.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,100


IELTS: 6.5

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Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)
  • Inequality and Social Change (30 credits)
  • Applying Sociology (15 credits)
  • Self in Society (15 credits)
  • Crime, Criminalisation and Society (30 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Key Thinkers in Sociology (30 credits)
  • Researching Society and Culture (15 credits)
  • Working in Sociology (15 credits)
  • The Global Sex Industry: Perspectives, Experiences and Responses (15 credits)
  • Drug Use in Society (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • Crime and the Media (15 credits)
  • The Criminologies of Disobedience (15 credits)
  • Crime Stories: The Inequality of Justice (15 credits)
  • Rehabilitation and Desistance (15 credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Gender, Race and Crime (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (15 credits)
  • Perspectives on Violence (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

  • Work Placement (Level 6) (30 credits)
  • Sociology Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Migration and Citizenship (15 credits)
  • Globalisation: Social and Political Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Family, Social Division, and the State (15 credits)
  • Understanding Social Contexts of Health and Illness (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Crimes of the Powerful (15 credits)
  • The Parameters of Hate (15 credits)

For entry in September 2022, you will require:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-Levels (we also accept UCAS points from alternative Level 3 qualifications including: BTEC Nationals, the International Baccalaureate and Scottish and Irish Highers)
  • GCSE English (Language or Literature) AND GCSE Maths at grade 4/C or above. We also consider equivalent qualifications in English and Maths at Level 2, in place of GCSEs.

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year)    
Home    £9,250 
International    £15,100


Part-time (per 30 credits)
Home     £2,313 

Fees information International fees
Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.


Accommodation costs
Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Funding your study
There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Other costs
Trips: You are not obliged to pay for any field trips to complete this course.


Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Will I have a work placement?
This course can be taken in sandwich mode, which means you can take a year to work in industry between your second and final years of study. Sandwich placements are relevant to your degree subject and are paid roles. It is the very best way of preparing you for successfully finding a job quickly when you graduate.


You will also have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake a short-term placement. The module will be assessed on your reflection on this placement and how you can apply your knowledge to the workplace. Many placements are found through our network of industry contacts, and students are supported in securing these.


How long is my placement?
Sandwich placements last for between 9-13 months. Work-based learning module placements are normally one day a week for either one or two terms depending on the number of credits available from the module.


What are the financial arrangements?
Sandwich placements are paid roles whereas work-based learning module placements are normally unpaid.


What sort of careers do graduates pursue?
The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Graduates of this course have gone on to careers in public policy, criminal justice, education, social services, community work, policing, probation and social welfare. Some career options may require further study.


Are internships available?
Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.


Do you provide employability services?
Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.

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