Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LM39 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: ML93 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: ML94 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: ML95 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Studying criminology and sociology together will give you vital insights into the world of crime.
On our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology course you’ll explore fascinating topics surrounding:
The cause and effect of criminal actions
The form and outcome of social disorders
The criminal justice system
The relationship between behaviours and punishments.
We’re one of the UK’s leading universities for criminology and sociology, with our courses ranked in the top ten in both subjects by the Guardian University Guide 2021.
What you will study
This course will develop your understanding of the concepts, theories and principles of both criminology and sociology. You’ll also learn how they apply to a range of areas.
We’ll help you to develop your practical and analytical skills in addressing contemporary criminological and sociological problems. You’ll master the methods and analytical tools required to conduct and evaluate research on contemporary problems relating to crime, deviance and social control.
From Year 2, you’ll also be able to choose from a variety of different modules, such as hate crime and cyber-crime, among others. All our modules are taught by experts in the field, meaning that content is always up-to-date and covers issues at the cutting-edge of current criminological and sociological debate.
"The great thing about my programme it that it is always interesting – each module is so different that studying never becomes a bore.” Jayne Katete, student
You’ll be able to take advantage of a range of facilities on this course, including a recently expanded and fully networked computer laboratory.
The course also makes increasing use of online resources, including module guides and student discussion forums.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Depending on which modules you choose, our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology course can provide you with the knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a wide variety of careers. This includes professions in the public sector, business, education, health and medicine, social work, or counselling.
Our course prepares you for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as journalism, politics, marketing, human resources or public administration.
You’ll be provided with the strong research skills needed for positions in the criminal justice system, social service and government. It’s the first step for future graduate work in criminology and sociology in order to become a researcher or academic.
Given the broad education, a degree in sociology offers, one of the benefits of a degree in criminology and sociology is flexibility in the job market. Some of the jobs our students have taken after graduation include:
Learning Mentor and Therapy Assistant, St Dominic's School
Case Administrator, National Offender Management Service
Intelligence Researcher, Surrey Police
Training Assistant, Citizens Advice Bureau
Learning Support Assistant, St Luke's School
Trainee Probation Officer, National Probation Service
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police
Research Officer, HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Student Recruitment Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers
HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice
Administrative Officer, The Access to Justice Foundation
Strategy Officer, Youth Justice Board
Senior PMO Analyst, Accenture UK
Data Processor, McLaren Automotive Ltd
Social Researcher, Office for National Statistics
Assistant Director, Explore Learning
BSc (Hons): BBC
Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.
BSc (Hons) with foundation year: CCD
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Criminology and Sociology placements
We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our pioneering Professional Training placement programme. You’ll have the opportunity to put your new academic knowledge into practice and gain experience to enhance your employability prospects, with employers such as:
Citizens Advice Bureau
HM Prison High Down
Surrey Youth Support Service
Ministry of Justice
Government Social Research
Surrey County Council
We find that our placement students tend to return for their final year of study feeling more confident, mature and organised, and with clearer career aspirations. After graduation, some take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement provider.
The competitive process of applying for placement positions also enhances your job-seeking skills, which will give you an advantage in the final year and beyond. We make every effort to match placement opportunities with your interests, career plans and location preferences.
Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000-15,000 a year. If you work on an unpaid placement, you can claim extra financial support and you may also work for a reduced amount of time.
"I undertook a Professional Training placement as a Prison Officer in a local prison. Every situation taught me new things about different people and how different people behave.” Paulina Rosol, student
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
We offer you the opportunity to internationalise your degree by spending one or two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities:
Copenhagen University, Denmark
VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Seoul National University, South Korea
University of Cincinnati, US
North Carolina State University, US
University of Central Florida, US
Maryland University, College Park, US
Monash University, Australia
La Trobe University, Australia
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
University of Queensland, Australia
Brock University, Canada
Virginia Commonwealth University, US
The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, US
George Mason University, US