1. 2015 Entry

Criminology and Sociology  BSc (Hons)

Crime and criminal justice are central concerns in contemporary societies, attracting political and media attention.


City's BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Sociology considers how crime is defined, how criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to sociological issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy and why crime and criminal justice have become defining issues for contemporary society.

This joint programme includes sociological analysis of societal institutions, organisations and power and is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, are sustained and change. Students have the opportunity to study topics that include family life, identity, work, race, class, migration, gender, popular culture, urban living, food, and the media. The course develops students' appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to social processes, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis of London.

The BSc Criminology and Sociology is a popular degree, designed and delivered by academics whose research is recognised as world-leading in the field. Research informs its content and students develop the skills to conduct their own criminological and sociological research, together with a range of other transferable skills.

The degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of national excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists. All students on this course have the opportunity to apply to a specialist pathway (BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Quantitative Methods) at the end of their first year.

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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level:320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered
  • IB:33 points
  • GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent).

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

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Entry Requirements

'A' Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.


  • 33 points.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE
  • English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent).English language requirements.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

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

3 years or 4 years with a professional placement.

Course Content

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Foundations in sociology
  • Sociology in action
  • Research methods.

Elective modules include:

  • Media, history and politics
  • Contemporary issues in media studies
  • Introduction to political economy
  • Politics and power in the twentieth century
  • Language module.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Violence and criminal justice policy
  • Sociology of punishment
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Ethnographic explorations.

Elective modules include:

  • Gender and society
  • Broken Britain
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Class and culture
  • News and society
  • Classical social theory
  • Key issues in criminology
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Contemporary social theory
  • New media challenges
  • Circuits of culture.

Year three

Core module:

  • Sociology dissertation.

Core elective modules include:

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

Elective modules include:

  • Work and workers in the twenty first century
  • Identities and personal relationships
  • Understanding social change
  • Food and society
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Global migration processes
  • Leisure, power, control
  • Television and sport.

Teaching and Assessment

We educate 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.

Course Director

Dr Rachel Lara Cohen is an expert in the Sociology of Work and Employment. She has been at City since January 2013 and was previously a lecturer at the Universities of Surrey and Warwick. Dr Cohen has published in various journals including Sociology, Sociological Review, Sociology of Health and Illness, Work, Employment and Society and the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Her research focuses on the everyday lives, including the hours of work, flexibility and work-life balance, of workers in different occupations.
Dr Cohen is Coordinator of City Q-Step Centre, which is devoted to enhancing undergraduate social science students' quantitative methods skills.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year


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


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

This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data, and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates. You will also develop specific skills relevant to a variety of professions as well as critical thinking, which is prized in graduate employment. A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology is that the degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a well funded centre of excellence devoted to developing undergraduate Social Scientists' data literacy and quantitative methods skills.

These skills are highly sought after and Graduates have entered these fields and many others upon graduation:

  • The criminal justice system
  • Crime prevention
  • The police
  • The protective agencies
  • Prisons
  • Offender management
  • Youth justice system
  • Civil service
  • Social services
  • Community safety
  • Government and local government
  • Education
  • Market research organisations
  • The not-for-profit sector
  • The financial sector 
  • Civil liberties pressure groups
  • Think tanks
  • The news media.

This course 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