1. 2016 Entry

Criminology & Sociology  BSc (Hons)

This joint course 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.


The BSc (Hons) Criminology & Sociology degree includes analysis of society and our roles within it. It examines institutions, organisations and power, and is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, how they are sustained and how they change.

You will have the opportunity to study topics, such as: family life, identity, work, race, class, migration, gender, popular culture, urban living, food, media and the virtual world.

The course develops students' appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis, which - in our case - is London.

Why study Criminology & Sociology at City?

  • The course is designed and delivered by academics whose research is recognised as world-leading in the field
  • Research informs the course content and you will develop the skills to conduct your own criminological and sociological research, together with a range of other transferable skills
  • The course is part of the City Q-Step Centre programme

City Q-Step Centre

Q-Step is a prestigious and innovative programme. It is designed to develop students' research techniques and employability by enhancing education in quantitative data analysis, ranging from data literacy to advanced skills.

As a student on the Sociology programme, you have the opportunity to apply to a specialist pathway - in this case (BSc (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods) - at the end of the first year. Students on this pathway undertake a data placement in their second year of study.

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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB with 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 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

For 2016 Entry


'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


English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is: 

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component 
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 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.

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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
3 or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad

Course Content

Course Structure

Year one

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, available languages: Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish.

Year two

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
  • Visualising society
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data.

Year three

Core module:

  • Sociology dissertation.

Core elective modules include:

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

Elective modules include:

  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Social identities and personal relationships
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Global migration processes
  • 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.

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. 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.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 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 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 do a workplace Data Placement in Year 2 and have the opportunity to do an international placement between Year 2 and Year 3.

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. 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
  • The news media.

Criminology & Sociology

UCAS code: L390

Applications for degree courses must be made through 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.

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UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

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  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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, please contact the
Admissions Office.
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If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).