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Sociology, social policy and criminology

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Explore social sciences - whether your interests are in crime and the criminal justice system, social disparity and cultural diversity, or the effects of policy on society. Gain the quantitative and qualitative skills to conduct your own research.

Using real-life case studies and research evidence, you'll debate complex social questions addressing injustice and inequality. We'll introduce you to core ideas from sociology, social policy and criminology, with further opportunities to learn about related topics and subjects outside social science. Improve your sociological and criminological expertise with an overseas placement and get involved with social impact initiatives. Our joint degrees in psychology and criminology, and philosophy and sociology give you the chance to study 2 subjects together.

  • Top 10
    in the UK for Criminology

    The Times Good University Guide 2022

  • Study abroad options on all undergraduate courses
  • Home to the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR)

Sociology, social policy and criminology courses

Choose from a wide range of degrees in sociology, social policy, and criminology.

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Our research makes a difference


I help students access the support we offer to help them achieve their potential. One aspect of this has been to try and normalise and destigmatise discussing mental health.
Senior Teaching Fellow
I use innovative teaching methods such as TikTok, video games, meme analysis, podcasts, documentaries, and role playing in my lectures and tutorials, specifically to cater to neurodiversity.
Teaching Fellow in Criminology
When teaching students about criminal behaviour I provide examples from my work with offenders in prisons and psychiatric hospitals which helps them link criminological and psychological theories with real-world practice.
Associate Professor


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