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    1. 2017
    2. 2016

Criminology and Sociology

BSc (Hons) |
The BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology degree includes analysis of society and our roles within it.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad.



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £14,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students interested in developing the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates. This is especially relevant if you wish to pursue a career in sectors concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction.

The degree's Q-Step Centre-affiliated Quantitative Methods pathway is particularly suitable if you wish to develop strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills.


The BSc Criminology and Sociology course will develop your 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 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.

This innovative degree is designed and delivered by academics whose research is recognised as world-leading in the field. Research informs its content and you will develop skills to conduct your own research into crime and society, accompanied by a range of other transferable skills.


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A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology at City is that the degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical requirements:

  • 'A' Level: ABB (no specific subjects required)
  • Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points (typically 'A' Level ABB or BBB with a relevant Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff.
  • EPQ: We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • IB: 32 points.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

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

  • 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, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer 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 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Overall student satisfaction rate for the department's undergraduate courses (National Student Survey).
City is ranked 14th in the UK for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2017
Percentage of City Sociology research graded as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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Student views

Third year Sociology student Lucy talks about studying at City University London.


You have the opportunity to undertake a work placement between the second and third years.

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

Students have secured placements with a range of organisations, large and small, international and local, often situated within minutes of the University, working in the following areas:

  • Media and communications
  • Crime and justice
  • Human rights
  • Migration and refugee support
  • Mental health.

If you opt onto a Q-Step pathway, you will complete a workplace Data Placement in Year 2 and have the opportunity to undertake an international placement between Year 2 and Year 3.

Study abroad

You may have the opportunity to study for between one and three terms at a partner institution in Europe through the British Council Erasmus scheme.

Discover more about study abroad options at City.

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We offer a free language course for City University London students.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching is 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. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden, as well as to 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, policy and research reports, group presentations and other assignments), unseen examinations and a final-year project.

Your final degree classification is determined from assessments in all years, with the following weighting given to each year: 10% to year one, 30% to year two and 60% to year three.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


The course examines institutions, organisations and power and is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, are sustained and change. You have the opportunity to study topics that include family life, identity, work, race, class, migration, gender, popular culture, urban living, food, media and the virtual world.

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Research@CitySociology
  • Researching society
  • Classical social theory
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Producing social data.

Elective modules include:

  • Media, history and politics
  • Contemporary issues in media studies
  • Introduction to political economy
  • Politics and power in the 20th century
  • Language module. Languages available: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish.

As part of City Q-Step Centre, you have the opportunity to apply to a specialist pathway: BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Quantitative Methods (subject to approval) at the end of your first year.

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Violence
  • Penology.

Elective modules include:

  • Gender and society
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • News and society
  • Key issues in criminology
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Contemporary social theory
  • New media challenges
  • Culture and society
  • Visualizing society
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data.

Students on the Criminology and Sociology with Quantitative Methods pathway undertake a data placement in their second year of study.

Year 3

Year three modules allow you to study current issues that draw upon the research excellence of our department. The availability of modules is subject to change in line with changing staff research profiles. Year three modules currently include:

Core module:

  • Sociology dissertation.

Core elective modules:

  • Victimology
  • Youth crime
  • Crime and media
  • Policing.

Elective modules:

  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Emotions, identities and relationships
  • Global migration processes
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Celebrity and society
  • Applied multivariate data analysis
  • Topics in advanced quantitative social research
  • Democracy, social media and participation
  • New media, from cyberspace to social media.

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.

The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills, which are highly sought after in sectors concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction, including the police, prisons, offender management, youth justice and community safety and sectors as diverse as government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector and the news media.

Find out how studying at City University London helps to improve your job prospects

80% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats.

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