Sociology with Criminology (Hons), B.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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People are not born criminals. On this Sociology with Criminology (Hons) course at  University of Portsmouth , you’ll explore how human relationships and social structures influence behaviour. You’ll discover how power dynamics and inequalities create crime. And you’ll see people who break and enforce the law in a new light.

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With many diverse options to choose from, you can tailor this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree around topics that fascinate you – from identity issues, such as race and sexuality, to issues of experience, such as happiness, gang crime or serial killing. 

Modules are taught by experts who draw directly from their research activity – to give you the latest knowledge in the field.

Course highlights

  • Explore topics informed by our latest research, from a curriculum constantly updated to reflect new ideas in areas as diverse as black studies, gender, class and inequality
  • Learn how to persuade others through evidence-based argument, by taking a critical look at different ideas of society, crime and justice
  • Go beyond issues of crime to explore the human experience more broadly – from migration to inequalities, from food to celebrity culture
  • Practice analysing human behaviour through social research, so you can gain insights to help improve people’s wellbeing
  • Customise your degree to match your ambitions: some modules reduce the amount of time you’d need to train for a policing career or as a probation officer 

Careers and opportunities

Studying a combination of sociology and criminology opens up a wide range of potential careers, both in and out of the criminal justice system. Whether you’re attracted to careers that involve working closely with other people, or roles that call for rigorous and structured thinking, you’ll be well prepared.

This is because you’ll graduate with a set of skills that are transferable to all kinds of professions. Those skills include:

  • insight into people and social dynamics
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • qualitative and quantitative research
  • the ability to shape and communicate an argument

What jobs can you do with a sociology with criminology degree?

Job roles you could take on include:

  • social researcher
  • probation officer
  • investigative analyst
  • police officer
  • human resource manager
  • counsellor
  • teacher
  • charity worker
  • detention custody officer

Programme Structure


Core modules in this year include:

  • Criminal Justice – 20 credits
  • Developing Your Sociological Imagination – 40 credits
  • Enrichment – 0 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis – 20 credits
  • Theorising Social Life – 20 credits
  • Understanding Criminology – 20 credits

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General requirements

  • 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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