Bachelor in Criminology and Sociology


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Program Description

The Course

This joint degree aims to offer students an introduction to the contemporary subjects of criminology and sociology. Teaching is informed by research and current social debate around issues of crime, justice and society.

This course aims to enable students to develop their understanding of both subject areas and apply that knowledge to real-life issues. Students will have the opportunity to analyse the different social constructions of everyday social life in order to better understand the diverse groups and structures that make up modern society.

By evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of social, cultural and political responses to crime and deviance, students are encouraged to think critically about the causes of crime and how acts or omissions become criminalised.

This degree aims to offer a range of modules, drawing upon the expertise of criminologists and sociologists in the School of Social and Political Sciences. In utilising staff expertise, this degree aims to engage in research-led teaching, in order to provide students with the opportunity to develop an insight into innovative academic theories and practices.

The modules are designed to advance students’ discipline-specific knowledge and also provide them with the opportunity to develop a range of cognitive and practical skills. The programme is therefore not only designed to develop a student’s specialist sociological knowledge but aims to equip them with a set of transferable skills that may be relevant to further academic study and employment.

How You Study

The course enables students to advance their discipline-specific knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to develop a range of cognitive, practical and transferable skills that may be relevant to further academic study and employment.

Academic staff undertake research in a broad range of areas and work closely with local criminal justice agencies and professionals, such as police and youth offending services, to enable students to learn from real-world knowledge and practices. Students are encouraged to build links with employers and to develop skills in analytics, problem-solving, research methods, team-working and public speaking.

The first year Applying Research module is designed to enable students to develop their skills for independent learning, research and analysis.

As the course progresses, students have the opportunity to shape their learning around their own interests and career aspirations.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.



There is an active and broad academic research base in the School, which includes study in the areas of war crimes, police reform, the penal system, philosophy of punishment, the social exclusion of older people, domestic violence and the policing of sexualities.

Study Abroad Initiative

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years one and two of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay any additional tuition fees. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available. These places are allocated competitively, subject to academic criteria.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less