Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Criminology and sociology, studied together, will give you vital insights into the world of crime. These intertwined disciplines will give you the opportunity to explore the fascinating questions that surround the cause and effect of criminal actions, the form and outcome of social disorders, the criminal justice system, policing, and the highly-debated relationship between behaviours and punishments.
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for criminology, with our programmes ranked 1st by the Guardian University Guide 2019. Our sociology programmes are ranked top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.
What you will study
Our BSc Criminology and Sociology course will develop your understanding of the concepts, theories and principles of both criminology and sociology, and how they apply to a range of areas.
We emphasise the development of your practical and analytical skills in addressing contemporary criminological and sociological problems. You’ll master the methods and analytical tools required to conduct and evaluate research on contemporary problems relating to crime, deviance and social control.
Our combination of criminological and sociological theory with training in professional social research will equip you with a broad range of communicative, analytical and organisational skills and the confidence to apply them in your future career.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||LM39||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||ML93||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Criminology and Sociology placements
We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our pioneering Professional Training placement programme, which gives you the opportunity to put your new academic knowledge into practice and gain experience to enhance your employability prospects, with employers such as:
- Home Office
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- HM Prison High Down
- Surrey Youth Support Service
- Ministry of Justice
- Government Social Research
- Surrey County Council.
We find that our placement students tend to return for their final year of study feeling more confident, mature and organised, and with clearer career aspirations. After graduation, some take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement provider.
The competitive process of applying for placement positions also enhances your job-seeking skills, which will give you an advantage in the final year and beyond. Every effort is made to match placement opportunities with your interests, career plans and location preferences.
Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000-15,000 a year. If you work on an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and you may also work for a reduced amount of time.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Sociology and criminology provide a broad social scientific base for a wide variety of careers. Depending on what modules you concentrate on, you can use sociology and criminology to develop expertise for a range of different occupations.
Specifically, sociology and criminology provide knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a professional career in the public sector, business, education, health and medicine, social work, or counselling.
The course offers preparation for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration.
It also provides strong research skills preparation needed for positions in the criminal justice system, business, social service and government. It’s also a first step for future graduate work in sociology and criminology in order to become a researcher or academic.
Given the broad education a degree in sociology offers, one of the benefits of a degree in criminology and sociology is flexibility in the job market. Some of the jobs our students have taken after graduation include:
- Learning Mentor and Therapy Assistant, St Dominic's School
- Training Assistant, Citizens Advice Bureau
- Learning Support Assistant, St Luke's School
- Trainee Probation Officer, National Probation Service
- Police Constable, Metropolitan Police
- Research Officer, HM Inspectorate of Prisons
- HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
We offer you the opportunity to internationalise your degree by spending one semester or two abroad. You have the choice between working with an overseas partner organisation and studying at one of our partner universities:
- Copenhagen University (with Erasmus+ funding)
- Nanyang Technological University
- Seoul National University
- Cincinnati University
- North Carolina State University
- University of Central Florida
- Maryland University, College Park
- Monash University
- La Trobe University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- University of Queensland
- Brock University, Canada
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- University of North Carolina, Wilmington
- George Mason University.
These opportunities allow you to earn credits that contribute to your degree. In addition to personal enrichment, an expanded cultural background is very valuable for the continuation of your studies and for your CV.
You’ll be able to take advantage of a range of facilities on this programme, including a recently expanded and fully networked computer laboratory.
The course also makes increasing use of online resources, including module guides and student discussion forums.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.