Published: 13 February 2024

Five reasons to study criminology and sociology at Surrey

Our courses in the Department of Sociology are highly ranked in the UK. We are ranked top 5 in the UK for overall student satisfaction* in sociology by the National Student Survey 2023, 7th in the UK for sociology in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and 6th for criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2024.  

But we realise that deciding which course and which university to study at isn’t just about our rankings: there are so many other factors to consider. Here we reveal what makes our Criminology and Sociology BSc different and what our students get out of the course.   

*Measured by % positivity based on Q1-24 for all institutions listed in the Guardian University Guide League Tables. 

1. An interdisciplinary course 

Students enrolled on this dynamic course not only have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of modules forming part of the respective Criminology BSc and Sociology BSc courses but also the opportunity to explore the connections between these two disciplines. 

Indeed, our Criminology and Sociology BSc programme stands out for its interdisciplinary approach, expertly blending elements from criminology, sociology, psychology, law and media studies and thereby offering a holistic view of crime as a social phenomenon.   

Being at Surrey means you’ll benefit from the wider cultures of research and interest being carried out here at the University, including events hosted by the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.    

2. Tailor your degree 

We offer a wide range of optional specialised modules which gives you the opportunity to tailor your education to your own interests and career goals.  

Our programmes are developed directly from the research that we conduct here, meaning students get first-hand and cutting-edge knowledge from the people who are working in the fields of criminology and sociology right now. 

3. Learning in a supportive and inclusive environment    

At Surrey you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive learning community in which every student receives the guidance and encouragement needed to thrive both academically and personally.   

We want our students to be happy and healthy, and we operate an open-door policy which enables students to come and talk to us about their studies or any other aspect of university life whenever they need to. We always do our best to ensure all our students have access to the support they need to protect their wellbeing and get the most out of their time at university. We are a friendly group, and our students enjoy regular socials, to help them build a strong support network alongside their studies.  

The Department of Sociology staff are lovely. They are very caring and provide great support when needed…. The facilities are easy to access and the SurreyLearn platform makes staying on top of work easy.

Sarah Harrison, Sociology BSc
95 per cent of placement students felt that their placement made them more employable

4. Employability

We place employability at the front and centre of everything we do. A strong focus on employability – our renowned Professional Training placement scheme will help you get invaluable first-hand experience of how criminology and sociology operate in the real world.  

Recently our students have gone on placements with: 

  • ACRO Criminal Records Office 
  • Berkshire Women’s Aid 
  • Met Police  
  • The Brain Tumor Charity. 

We offer excellent graduate prospects, with 92 per cent of our undergraduate and 90 per cent of our postgraduate taught graduates in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA). 

5. Innovative teaching 

An innovative teaching approach which blends traditional lectures with interactive seminars, debates and group projects, ensuring a deeply engaging and relevant educational experience. 

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