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Overview Shine the spotlight on the complex nature of crime, and learn why it continues to fascinate us.

UCAS code


Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Explore what crime means in our culture and society and how it affects our lives. Look beyond traditional views and develop new ways of thinking about the effects of crime, how it impacts individuals and societies and how we respond to it.

Challenge your own opinions about the nature of crime and disorder and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers. After a core introduction to Sociology and Criminology you can tailor your degree to your developing specialist interests.

You’ll be taught by academics actively involved in research that changes the world - from the UK’s number one ranked Sociology Department for research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014), and get to use your skills to carry out research in an area you are passionate about.

We are the UK's top Sociology Department for Research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Amelia, current student

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BA Sociology with Criminology

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Course content What you’ll study


The course progresses from broad to specialist topics and comprises two thirds Sociology modules and one third Criminology modules. You'll engage with key aspects of crime and deviance including the social and cultural approaches to criminality and deviance - while also getting the opportunity to study wider sociological themes and research.

You'll develop preferences and expertise in the following years, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation.

Our teaching is led by our research and addresses real-world issues and there are also opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.

Year 1

You'll be introduced to the core aspects of Sociology and Criminology, through a range of modules.

You'll take four compulsory modules:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll learn how social, cultural and policy changes shape criminal activities, develop social research skills, and choose an area of interest from a range of options.

You'll take two core modules:

You'll also select two optional modules:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Year 3

You’ll study one core module and produce a criminological dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor:

You'll also choose three option modules from the following:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course. You can study in Europe as part of our Erasmus programme for a semester in your third year at:

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Konstanz, Germany
  • University of Trento, Italy

The University's exchange scheme also allows you to study abroad further afield in North America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Seminars are a great way to ensure you actually understand what you’re being taught. Also being taught by some of the key writers in areas of the course means you can be reading a ground-breaking journal article and then have a seminar led by that same person…it’s pretty cool! Along with studying with some of the greatest friends I’ll probably ever make – York has proven to be a great choice.
Tessa, BA Sociology with Criminology, current student

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically under 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor provides support and guidance throughout your studies, offering weekly feedback and guidance hours.

Research-led teaching

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of diverse sociological areas - such as science and technology, language and interaction, culture and new media, gender and sexuality, health, medicine and the body, urban studies and criminology. As world-leading experts in their field, our staff are internationally recognised  thought-leaders, and their expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.




Your first-year work doesn't contribute toward your final degree classification. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop over the course of their degree.

From Year Two onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific crime-related topic of your choice.

  • Assessments range from research essays, to collaborative projects, to open-note examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be on a topic that interests you. Don't be afraid to explore.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranks Crimionology at York 1st in the country.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

You'll have the skills needed to enter a broad range of careers including the charity sector, teaching, media, the probation and prison service, the police force, civil service and even postgraduate training or study.

The course includes employability skills development, giving you the practical skills that employers are looking for in graduate recruits.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by sectors including:

  • Criminal justice, policing and law
  • Social research
  • Media and creative industies
  • Health and cultural services
  • Charity sector
  • Education

Transferable skills

You’ll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. You’ll develop skills in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively, and considering different viewpoints

Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you'll have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to the workplace.


Many of our students organise work placements out of term time in an area that interests them. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you. Previously, students have taken part in work-experience projects at North Yorkshire Youth Commission, York Crown Court and Refugee Action York. 

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Mature students are welcomed and applications are considered individually.

How to apply

A-levels and GCSEs


A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are accepted.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAABB at Higher Level

AB at Advanced Higher Level


BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM.

Information on other qualifications


International options

European Baccalaureate

An overall average of 75%

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall

Irish Leaving Certificate


Country-specific advice

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally asked to provide evidence of English language ability. Exceptions may be made where an applicant's other qualifications provide sufficient evidence of ability to use English in an academic setting at degree level.

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in all units or equivalent

Other accepted tests and qualifications

Unistats for this course

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