1. 2014 Entry
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Criminology and Sociology  BSc (Hons)

Crime and criminal justice are central concerns in contemporary societies, attracting political and media attention. This popular, innovative degree is designed and delivered by staff who are internationally-acknowledged as leading researchers in their field.


Course overview

Criminology at City is a stimulating course with specialist teaching directly informed by the research activities of academic staff.

Key areas of Criminology you will explore include:
  • media, crime and cultural practices
  • policing, security and human rights
  • victims, crime control and security.

Find out more about criminology

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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB at 'A' Level).
  • IB: 33 points
  • GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent)

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000

Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements


'A' Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from ABB at 'A' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • 'A' Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.

GCSE pre-requisites

English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent)

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit.

It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

Other UK qualifications accepted include:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)

Second-year transfer applicants

If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry ('A' Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
  • have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students
  • be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • the exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • the institution at which you are studying
  • the modules you have taken
  • any scores you have achieved.

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.

Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

33 points (no specific subjects required)

European Baccalaureate


International Foundation Programme

The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.

International Qualifications

Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.

Accepted qualifications include:

  • Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
  • Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
  • Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
  • Cypriot Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant 'A' Levels)
  • French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 13.5/20)
  • German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
  • Greek Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant 'A' Levels)
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (554)
  • Indian HSC/ISC/ SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 80% average)
  • Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of an overall mark of 80% with a grade of 8/10 in mathematics)
  • Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
  • Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM AAB)
  • Norwegian Vitnemål  (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
  • Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving an average of 80% across three extended subjects)
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level, ABB at Higher 2
  • Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving 8 overall with 8 in mathematics)
  • USA Advanced Placement (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 14 (5,4,4) from three approved subjects).

    Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.

All qualifications where the education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS score.

If the qualification you are due to complete is not shown above, please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.  

Other Suitable Qualifications

Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE grade C or above
  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2014
Full-time - 3 years or 4 years with professional placement

Course Content

We emphasise the importance of you actively engaging with crucial policy issues and debates.

A particular strength of Criminology at City is that you develop your 'criminological imagination' through combining your studies with a range of modules that focus on media, contemporary culture, risk society and the metropolis, gender and sexuality, race and new ethnicities, globalisation processes and human rights.

Our central London location and proximity to key criminal justice agencies facilitates our distinctive criminology study course.

High-quality teaching in seminars and policy workshops ensures that you graduate with the key skills necessary to gain employment in many different careers in government departments and the core professions allied to the criminal justice system and related fields or for postgraduate studies.

Course Structure

Year one

In the first year you are introduced to the different theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime, criminal justice and social control. You take three core modules, and select up to two electives from a wide variety. 

Core modules:

  • Foundations in sociology
  • Introduction to criminology 1: Crime and society
  • Introduction to criminology 2: Crime and the individual
  • Sociology in action
  • Understanding the modern world.

Elective modules include:

Year two

During the second year the degree you will begin to concentrate on key issues in criminology, including: criminal justice institutions, policy and practice; media representations of crime and justice; violence and risk; and crime and social divisions. In this year you take three core modules, and up to four electives. 

Core modules:

  • Doing sociology 1
  • Doing sociology 2
  • Key issues in criminology
  • Violence and criminal justice policy.

Elective modules include:

  • Sociology of punishment
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Circuit of culture
  • New media challenges
  • Television and sport
  • Identities and personal relationships
  • Interpreting news and documentary
  • Social theory 1
  • Social theory 2
  • Understanding social change.

Final year

In the third year you take at least 3 core elective modules in criminology and up to 3 further elective modules from criminology, sociology and media studies. You will also undertake a supervised research project on a criminological topic of your choice. 

Core module:

  • Dissertation.

Core elective modules include:

  • Crime, news and criminal justice
  • Policing and crime control
  • Victimology 
  • Youth, crime and society.

Elective modules include:

  • Sociology of human rights
  • The global media system
  • Transnational communication in Europe
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Media war and terrorism
  • Leisure/Power/Control
  • Global migration processes
  • Reading sociology
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Social movements and political action
  • Approaches to film
  • Gender and society
  • New Media: From cyberspace to social media
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe.

Note: our courses are revised from time to time, and these lists may be subject to change. Please contact the Department for further details.

Read the full programme specification.


Teaching and Assessment


We teach Sociology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system. Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.

For the third year project, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.


Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project.

Read the full programme specification.

Study Abroad

A wide range of international study exchange opportunities are available and students who choose to study abroad enjoy many added benefits. Exchanges vary in duration from 3 to 12 months.

You have the opportunity to take an international study year (usually in another European country) as part of your degree. In particular, the Erasmus programme enables you to study in Europe for a semester or a full year


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000

Please note:

UK/EU students - The fees for UK/EU students rise each year by the rate of the cost of living in the UK and are set by the UK Government.

Non-EU international students - There is a small percentage increase, usually between 3% and 5%, each year on these fees.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


City is offering a scholarship of up to £2,000 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify.


You are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides.

Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local, often situated within minutes of the University, working in the areas of media and communications, crime and justice, human rights, migration and refugee support and mental health.

Career Prospects

Because we develop skills and abilities valued by employers, City is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities for career opportunities and professional development.

This high profile, professionally oriented degree programme is an excellent basis for a wide variety of graduate-level careers in the civil service, the criminal justice system, policing, the protective agencies, youth justice system, social services, community safety, crime prevention, think tanks, and civil liberties pressure groups.

It also prepares you for a broader set of career choices and further postgraduate study and research in criminology, criminal law, criminal justice studies, and related fields.

Criminology and Sociology

UCAS code: L390

Applications to our undergraduate courses open on 1 September 2013 and close on 15 January 2014 (30 June 2014 for international students). Late applications will still be considered at our discretion.

All applications to our undergraduate degree courses, including those from mature students, must be made through UCAS.

You can apply through your school or college using the UCAS online service 'Apply' which enables you to apply directly through the UCAS website (

Independent applicants such as mature and international students can also use UCAS Apply. The institution code for City University London is C60.

If you are still at school or college when you make an application, staff there should be able to assist with this process offering you help and advice. If you are outside the UK when you make an application your local British Council Office should be able to provide assistance.

We accept a large number of international students to our undergraduate courses every year, so if your international qualifications do not reflect the grade requirements, then please feel free to contact us.