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Published: 04 June 2018

Criminology ranked number one by Guardian University Guide 2019

Criminology at the University of Surrey has been ranked first place in the Guardian University Guide 2019 subject rankings in just its fourth year.

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Criminology sits within the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey and has risen eight places since last year’s rankings. Criminology is in its fourth year at the University and offers a range of modules including youth crime, policing, hate crime, prisons and the psychology of criminal behaviour. It is also one of only a handful of Criminology courses to offer a module on forensics which includes its own ‘CSI day’.          

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Professor Jon Garland

Professor Jon Garland, Head of Sociology at the University of Surrey, said: “I’m delighted that the Department of Sociology at Surrey has been rated number one by the Guardian for Criminology. This is fantastic news and due recognition of the hard work and ability of our staff, who are all experts in different areas of criminology.

“This range of expertise means that we can offer cutting-edge modules that reflect the most recent developments in the field, thereby offering students the chance to learn about issues that are at the forefront of debates about crime and criminal justice.”

Criminology is one of eight subjects at the University of Surrey ranked in the top ten, including chemistry which rose to 7th, joining hospitality and tourism (5th), chemical engineering (5th), veterinary science (8th), music (2nd), electronic engineering (3rd) and modern languages (3rd ).

The Guardian University Guide 2019 produces annual league tables for UK universities plus separate league tables for 54 individual subjects. These rankings are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. The rankings are based upon a variety of factors including academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Read the Guardian University Guide 2019 in more detail.

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