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Sociology and Criminology BSc(Hons)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022


3 years full-time

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. You’ll gain insight to social inequality, criminal justice and diversity, enhancing your employability opportunities.
  2. Our approach to learning positions employability and career development directly into your course content.
  3. You’ll have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a work placement, where you’ll be able to put the sociological skills and knowledge gained on the course into practice.

Why study Sociology and Criminology?

If you’re interested in society and personal identity, and you want to explore what makes people commit crimes, and how crime may be prevented, this course is a highly rewarding and fascinating combination of sociology and criminology. There’s an equal weighting to both disciplines, and the course is designed to help you prepare for a future career in sectors such as the civil and public services, charities and others.

How will you learn?

On the course you’ll be taught by experts from both the sociology and criminology disciplines. You’ll learn from sociology tutors who specialise in areas such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, the body, nationalism and identity. Within the criminology aspect of the course, you’ll look at the causes of crime, disorder and theories about how to reduce crime. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a range of research specialisms, and have professional experience working with offenders, victims and crime-prevention agencies, giving you unique insights into real-life experiences.

  • On both the sociology and criminology aspects of the course, you'll be able to choose topics and develop your understanding in areas that interest you.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to go on a compulsory work experience in your second year, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt into practice, you could also make some useful contacts in the industry too. Previous students have taken work experiences in community organisations, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams with the police, and within national and local government.
  • In your second year you may have the opportunity to study abroad for a term.
  • You'll also be eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA), which could help you stand out from other candidates when it comes to finding employment.

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundations of Sociology

This module focuses on the foundation elements of sociology as a subject discipline in the social sciences. The module is devised into three parts. Firstly, you’ll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. Secondly, you’ll explore the key social science subject disciplines that are connected with sociology, namely: business studies, criminology, economics, social geography, philosophy, politics and public/social policy. Thirdly, you’ll also examine different approaches to different contemporary sociological case studies with an interdisciplinary approach.

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

This module explores the nature of crime and deviancy, the main perspectives in explaining criminal behaviour, and the structures of the criminal justice system. You’ll start by examining the definitions of crime, followed by an exploration of the criminal legal system including the key criminal offences and defences. You’ll then be introduced to the key agencies within the criminal justice system, which include the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Courts, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. The second half of this module introduces the key theoretical explanations for criminality, ranging from psychological explanations to sociological explanations.

Sociological Inquiry

The module aims to develop a sociological toolkit you can use throughout your studies. It covers issues related to social research methods and provides a more holistic view of 'inquiry'. You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in four different areas of sociological inquiry including thinking, exploring, reading, and writing. You’ll explore key concepts that explain distinctive components of sociological inquiry, such as sociological sense, defamiliarization of the familiar, critical reading and being reflexive. You’ll also reflect on processes involved in the construction of sociological knowledge and consider how epistemology, personal values and biography inform sociological practices.

Choose two from a list of options that may include:

Exploring Popular Cultures and New Media

In this module you’ll explore the study of the relationship between popular culture, new media and society and consider how culture is presented in social theory. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which the relationship between popular culture, the new media and society is evidenced.

Human Rights in a Global World

You’ll examine the history of Human Rights and consider the debates which exist in contemporary global society. You’ll be introduced to several issues including genocide, the death penalty, freedom of expression, immigration, the rights of women and children, assisted suicide and abortion. Key documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act will also be discussed.

Remaking Social Worlds: Sociology, Social Policy and Social Problems

This module will introduce you to the study of social policy and social problems from a sociological perspective. You’ll explore key theoretical, analytical and conceptual frameworks, and apply them to contemporary case studies and social issues in the British context. As part of this, you’ll consider the ways in which organisations work together to deliver policy interventions in relation to specific social issues such as child poverty. The module will enrich your understanding of marginalised communities and the ways in which different groups experience social problems, as well as developing your knowledge of current approaches to tackle these issues.

Social Issues and Structural Sociology

In this module you’ll explore the relationship between structural social theory and contemporary social issues. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which structural social theory can be deployed to understand a range of contemporary social issues.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2022 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2023, please view the 2023-24 course information.


This course includes a compulsory work experience in the second year. You will be expected to undertake at least 30 hours of work experience relevant to your course during that year. The module is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Your work and careers module tutor, as well as your personal academic tutor, will be on hand to support you in finding suitable work opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your work experience so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the skills that employer’s value so highly.

Previous work experiences have included working in community organisations, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, with the police and within national and local government.

You can find more information on work experiences here.

My work placement with Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH) boosted my levels of professionalism as well as confidence, communication and networking skills, leadership as well as how to follow guidelines, policies and procedures.


Nigel Nyathi, graduated from Sociology and Criminology BSc(Hons) in 2017

Your career

Previous Huddersfield Social Science graduates have gone on to work in roles within a range of organisations, including education and legal services, national media, public services, Information Technology, recruitment services, healthcare and the Criminal Justice System as well as charities and rehabilitation services.**


*Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK Domiciled).


75% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of Dictaphones.

Academic Skills Development Team:provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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