“I chose to study this course because the modules and course content seemed to fit what I was looking for.” Zeenat Hussain, BA Sociology (Criminology)
Our specialist degree explores the changing structures of society through a sociological lens and examines how and why crimes are committed. Our academics are leading pioneering research projects to uncover new findings in the discipline.
Our criminology degree was one of the first in the world and our department continues to produce internationally revered research from within our Crime and Conflict Research Centre, which will inform your studies. Crime and criminal justice are central issues in modern society and our specialist degree enables you to understand them from a sociological perspective. You will explore the use of sociological and criminological thinking on everyday life events, beginning with the principal founders of the discipline: Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. The specialist criminology modules allow you to examine areas such as crime and criminality; and media, crime and cultural practices.
Through studying a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches in sociology and criminology you will develop a critical approach to the study of the disciplines and contemporary society as a whole. Your understanding of major concepts and themes in contemporary sociology will relate to life in the community and you will analyse the nature of social relationships between individuals, groups and social institutions.
You will actively debate and discuss sociological topics with an appreciation of theory, evidence and relevance and learn to present conclusions in a variety of appropriate sociological formats and learn to evaluate theory and evidence accordingly.
A degree in Sociology with Criminology allows you to develop a suite of professional skills to equip you for success in your career, such as analytical and research skills. These skills will enable you to critically evaluate a wide range of materials including theory and policies, strategies, and operational plans.
You will develop excellent awareness of how policy is created, interpreted and implemented, and how this informs society. You will also be able to draw on a wide range of criminological theories and concepts in order to develop a debate or discussion and to justify your conclusions.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
This module aims to introduce students to the history of sociology as a diverse and developing discipline through a study of classical and modern theory. The module uses a traditional pattern of teaching with lectures, seminars and tutorials.
This module is designed to introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the discipline of Criminology over the past 200 - 300 years and enable students to apply these theories to concrete examples of crime. It considers how historical context, political influence and basic philosophical differences on such questions as what it is to be human have influenced the development of criminological perspectives. It will introduce students to the academic research that underpins different theories and help them to understand the key arguments and reflect upon the relative merits of each theory through engagement with relevant literature.
This module will instruct students on the skills required to undertake an undergraduate degree in either sociology or criminology, and on the basic components of social science research. A main component of this module will be a year-long research project, where students will be asked to explore the social profile of their own communities, by exploring ONS-census and Met Police data, as well as other relevant sources. Students are required to build a profile of their community and in doing so will develop key research and academic skills required to complete their degree. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond their degree, and will be attractive to future employers.
This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing students to the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. Students will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.
The module aims to develop students evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce them to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare students for the development of a proposal for their final year dissertation project. Throughout the module students will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme they are studying.
This module develops students understanding of sociological theory by focusing on the key theories and ideas that have emerged from the late 20th to early 21st century. Specifically, it aims to develop student knowledge and understanding of the continuities and discontinuities within sociological theory during this period, and to explore the influences of classical and early modern sociological theory within contemporary sociological theory and debates. Throughout the module each of the theoretical approaches and ideas will be applied to contemporary social issues, thus underlining the relevance of the sociological imagination to an understanding of different features and social transformations which have occurred within the global world today.
This module introduces students to recent developments in criminological theory and research. As well as familiarising you with a substantial range of contemporary theoretical perspectives in criminology it will introduce you to central themes and substantive concerns central to current criminological research. In particular, we'll focus on the consequences of globalisation and neoliberal politics on patterns of crime and social control in the Global North, looking at issues such as: terrorism, state crime, cybercrime and environmental crime.
This module takes as its focus the transformations of institutions, relations, experiences and identities brought about by the forces of globalization. With a particular focus on political sociology, it examines the relationship between the contemporary nation-state and the forces of change operating above, below and alongside the state. The module explores the nature, dynamics and transformations of the state, and its relationship to society, in a globalising context also associated with important social changes in the fields of mobility, culture, the media, religion and security. The module aims to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to evaluate the implications of globalisation for understanding the nature of, and relationship between, state and society in the contemporary era.
This module examines and critically appraises the issue of children as victims and offenders. It explores the functions, roles and responsibilities of a variety of agencies whose task is to protect children and to work with those in trouble with the law, and enables students to develop a critical understanding of the issues underpinning policy and practice in these fields with particular attention to the importance of and problems associated with multi-agency working. The first part of the module focuses on children as victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse noting the relatively recent discovery of these crimes, examining the high profile cases and enquiries which have accompanied this process and explaining current legislation relating to and the organisation of child protection in England and Wales. The second part of the module turns to how the criminal justice system regards and deals with young people if they break the law. It provides students with a detailed knowledge of how Youth Offending Teams YOT s are structured and operate and contains a strong practice focus. Many students wish to move on to working with young people in the criminal justice system on graduation and the module is designed to acquaint them with the knowledge and skills required in this field.
This module will critically examine theoretical understandings of diaspora, its relationship with associated ideas such as migration, cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and its significance as an analytical tool for understanding modern social and cultural formations. It centres on the analysis of the cultural and social concomitants of transnational migration and diaspora in the post-colonial world. Whilst issues such as globalisation, the international division of labour and the state remain important to this, the emphasis throughout the module is upon the lived experience: the ways in which different people experience and make meaningful migration, displacement, and difference. Here, home , belonging and identity are key phrases. Crucially too, we shall be investigating the implications of large scale movement for academic as well as more popular understandings of culture. Theoretical perspectives on migration and migrant communities have changed radically in the last twenty to thirty years, moving from consideration of assimilation , ethnic minorities and multi-culturalism, to contemporary debates concerning cultural hybridity, borderlands and the trope of mobilities .
Diversity is the new norm. Though many look back with nostalgia at what they imagine to have been a 'Golden Age' of cohesion, consensus, and community, where to knock on any stranger's door would be to discover another's life lived exactly in accordance with one's own, we all appear agreed on the fact that the world has fundamentally changed. Contemporary hyper-diversity would appear to require a new set of rules, and a new culture, which some have called 'cosmopolitan'. Such hyper diversity may be presented as threat and/or opportunity, depending on the nature and extent of that diversity, and on the standpoint from which the diversity is being judged. This module seeks to explore some of the most significant dimensions of contemporary social diversity and in so doing, to examine the nature, dynamics, effects and conflicts associated with these diversities. Engaging with 'race', ethnicity, religion, sexuality and disability, the module will draw on a range of teaching and learning approaches, and will support the development of practical research skills. It will also place an emphasis on engagement through the use of case studies and via direct interaction with individuals and groups actively working in these arenas, both through group visits, and the involvement of key stakeholders in the module delivery.
The module investigates perspectives on green criminology, and crimes against the environment and animals. It considers environmental and green offending, the regulation of environmental problems, and global perspectives on green crimes and crimes affecting ecosystems. It introduces students to ideas in green criminology, particularly theoretical debates on animal rights and the legal personhood of animals, and the prosecution of environmental crime. The module also examines the link between violence towards animals and violence towards humans and the extent to which animal abuse might be seen as an indicator of future violent offending or anti-social behaviour. The module develops an understanding of theoretical concepts and practical considerations in environmental justice, the enforcement of environmental and species legislation and the application of a green perspective to criminal justice.
This module critically examines the concepts of serious group offending and in particular the growing phenomenon of gangs. The existence and prevalence of gangs is contested academically and by practitioners. The module will consider classic and contemporary theories as to why gangs form and thrive in places; the challenges of defining gangs as opposed to street cultures and peer groups will be considered. Issues such as risks and motivations for joining, membership, behaviours, territoriality, recruitment, levels of violence, criminal activity, gender, links to organised crime, deprivation and globalisation are all pertinent topics addressed in the module. Key issues are identified and critically reviewed such as divergent experiences between the USA and the UK, race, gender, and partner/agency involvement. The module takes a left realist approach notably in consideration of recent police and practitioner strategies and initiatives under development regarding desistance, prevention and intervention models.
This module explores gender and sexuality studies and relates theoretical debates to contemporary issues around this area. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, and the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within the social sciences, this module will begin by exploring the history of feminism and its impacts on gender and sexuality studies, and continue looking at specific examples of issues related to gender and sexuality on a national and international level. Specifically, the module aims to develop students knowledge and understanding of gender and sexuality studies, recognizing the important role that gender and sexuality have in regulating social life and beliefs.
This module develops students critical understanding of media, communication and society. In particular, it explores different aspects of the development of media and communication within a networked global world; media institutions and the economic, political, cultural and social consequences of media concentration and convergence; media audiences and effects; media as a institution and instrument of state and state policy; and various issues and debates related to the role of the media in societies. The module also looks at the development of new media technologies as providing alternative and oppositional opportunities and perspectives; as an autonomous public sphere; as a key mobilising resource used by collective movements and protest groups to challenge dominant ideological and hegemonic representations and common sense understandings of the world. This module will be of interest to any student interested in examining the role of different media and media institutions in a transnationally communicative world.
This module will introduce students to the critical debates on Organised Crime and Corporate Offenders. They also become acquainted with the issues of defining these areas of criminality and the problems of conducting meaningful research. The module will begin with explanations of how social, political and economic conditions allowed organised crime to develop and discuss the links with White Collar and Corporate Crime.
This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of the sociology of contentious politics. The emphasis of the module is on the social context in which social movements arise to articulate and address the problems and conflicts of their time. Students will be introduced to the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of social conflict and social change in an historical context, as well as the epistemological and methodological issues that pertain to the study of social transformation. The module culminates in a focus on the contemporary context of the global financial crisis and the social conflicts that have arisen in its wake.
This module aims to synthesize learning from students undergraduate Sociology programme of study providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research knowledge and skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study in-depth and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
This module aims to critically explore and understand violence in all its angles and meanings and from a global perspective: from personal violence domestic violence and gender violence, for example to systemic violence violence perpetrated by the state and its apparatus , from the street violence of riots and political radicalism to the inherent violence of globalisation, capitalism, fundamentalism and language to use Slavoj Zizek s words. Students will be offered the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of a number of issues related to violence and to locate them both within a national and a global perspective.
You will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials, and supplement the classes with your own independent study. You will work on weekly assignments, practical exercises and presentations as well as a dissertation.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a paid work placement, which we will help you to find. This could be with a local authority, a research institution, a voluntary organisation or even the Home Office.
You will be assessed through exams and coursework – your portfolio, essays and reports as well as your dissertation.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Law and Social Sciences foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
This professionally oriented degree is an excellent basis for a wide variety of graduate-level careers in the civil service, the criminal justice system, policing, the protective agencies, youth justice system, social services, community safety, crime prevention, think tanks, and civil liberties pressure groups.
It also prepares you for a broader set of career choices and further postgraduate study and research in criminology, criminal law, criminal justice studies, and related fields.
Sociology has a high and well established profile within higher education and offers a wider range of post-graduation employment prospects than many other academic disciplines. Career destinations include research, liaison and other positions in the public sector at local and national levels, in voluntary organisations and in the private sector.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
BA Sociology (Criminology)
“I chose to study this course because I’m interested in the subject and having studied Social Sciences at college, the modules and course content seemed to fit what I was looking for.
“My favourite module has been Violent Crime as I’ve loved learning about vigilantism; whether violence in criminals is down to nature or nurture. Media and Society has also been an excellent module as we’ve learnt that the media is in fact a highly organised institution that often only tells its audiences what they want them to know.”