36 months
15900 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Take this Criminology and Social Policy (Hons) degree to learn about the issues surrounding crime and social policy. Find out why University of Stirling is rated 1st in Scotland and Top 10 in UK for Criminology (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).

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Taught by experts in their field, our course is informed by the latest developments in social research.

You’ll discover how to assess the issues surrounding crime and social problems. We’ll help you answer questions such as: how does society work, how are crime and other social problems situated in society, and how do different cultures understand these problems? What can we learn from the success of social policies in other countries?

The BA Criminology and Social Policy (Hons)  degree from University of Stirling provides an international approach to help you understand a wide range of social issues, including crime and criminal justice, inequality and welfare, race, immigration, disability, addictions, youth and ageing. We’ll give you the skills to research, analyse and assess the key issues for yourself. You’ll also benefit from our strong research links with on-campus organisations such as the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, and the Dementia Centre.

What can you do with a Criminology and Social Policy degree?

The Criminology and Social Policy degree provides you with an excellent academic base if you’re considering careers in areas such as:

  • the police
  • social work
  • prison service
  • the civil service
  • human rights agencies
  • regulatory fields
  • charitable foundations
  • marketing or lobby groups

This course covers a diverse range of topics and will equip you with a wide range of skills. Our graduates have gone on to work in the public, private and third sectors, including careers in:

  • social services
  • education
  • market research
  • policy analysis
  • human resources charity fundraising

Tailored careers advice is available throughout your time at the University of Stirling.

Our Criminology and Social Policy graduates are in demand for a wide range of roles throughout the private, public and voluntary sectors. The skills you’ll learn in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving are highly valued by employers and will give you the edge in the job market.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Differentiation 
  • Understanding Social Policy
  • The Development of Social Theory
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Ageing, Social Policy and Society
  • Punishment and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

SQA Higher

  • AABB - by the end of S5
  • AABBB - by the end of S6

GCE A-level

  • BBB

IB Diploma

  • 30 points

BTEC (Level 3)

  • DDM

Widening access students

  • Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.
  • Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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