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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:32 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.
  • A Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent) are also  required.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • 32 points (no specific subjects required)

Access to Higher Education

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

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.

Other UK qualifications

  • 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)


We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make to you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

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.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of 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.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact

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; 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 this course part-time.

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