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Sociology with Criminology BA Honours

Explore the use of sociological and criminological thinking on everyday life events
September 2024
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
5 years part-time
£9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Delia Cortese

Why choose Sociology with Criminology BA at Middlesex?

Crime and criminal justice are central issues in today’s society, and our degree – one of the first in the world – opens up a wide range of career opportunities. You'll be taught the essential skills while you develop your ability to design and conduct social research through a range of traditional, innovative, and digital methods.

This course is designed to give you a grounding in sociological and criminological thinking, research methods and key skills to articulate new and emerging social and criminological issues.

You'll focus on how society can respond to complex global problems, including social inequalities and crime. You'll also investigate how we do and should respond to criminal behaviour in all its forms, and explore and evaluate processes of social change. The course has a strong focus on race and "decentering" the discipline of sociology, making it ever more relevant in today's world and making intersectionality a central feature of your study and practice.

You can extend your course by a year and take a work placement or integrate it through volunteering and placement modules providing crucial real-world experience valued by potential employers.

What you will gain

You'll be able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of both sociology and criminology and continue to use this knowledge for creative, critical, and ethical thinking in future careers.

You'll develop excellent awareness of how policy is created, interpreted and implemented, and how this informs society. By graduation, you should have a more robust understanding of how to gather, analyse, and present arguments based on data using various technologies.

A degree in Sociology with Criminology also allows you to develop professional skills to equip you for success in your career, such as literacy, numeracy, digital awareness, and communications skills.

What you will learn

You’ll be part of our thriving learning environment, with a specialist teaching approach that gives you plenty of support throughout your studies.

Our course is taught within the interdisciplinary department in the School of Law, where you’ll benefit from some of the UK’s most influential and innovative academics. All of our scholars are actively engaged in current research, including on human rights abuses, digital and contemporary media, race and class, disability, gender, criminal behaviour and radicalisation.

In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the key theories and themes you'll explore and expand upon throughout the degree.

You’ll have the option to choose the modules you want in your second and third years, meaning you can tailor the course to your unique set of interests and career prospects.

In your final year, you will carry out an independent dissertation, and you can build expertise through optional modules, making your degree as suited to your individual needs and career goals.

You can also choose to extend your course by a year and take a work placement or integrate it through volunteering and placement modules.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Ranked #5 for law in the UK
    Times Higher Education – Young Universities Ranking 2023
  • Top graduate careers
    Our graduates securing work at organisations including local and national government, the police, social services and youth work
  • Placement and volunteering opportunities
    Extend your course by a year and take a work placement or volunteer

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This course has been carefully designed to introduce you to sociological and criminological thinking.

Year 1

in your first year, you'll study core modules to gain a solid grounding in sociological and criminological thinking and research skills. You'll be introduced to key theories and themes you will explore and expand upon throughout your degree.

Year 2

In the second year, you'll develop your knowledge of current sociological and criminological thinking, how sociology can be used to bring about social change, and build on your independent research and data analysis skills. You can choose if you want to focus on race as a key contemporary criminological issue or the notion of victimology.

Placement year

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.

Year 3

In your final year of study, you can choose four optional modules from a range of areas in sociology and criminology, including different forms of work-based learning. You'll also undertake a dissertation which allows you to undertake an independent study to explore a theory or concept that interests you or focus on a key problem faced by the world today looking to provide practical solutions.


  • Year 1

    • Crime in Social Context (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the ways in which crime is defined and constructed in law, politics, society and culture over time and space, highlighting its essentially contested nature. You'll gain a conceptual understanding of crime, challenging common ideas and misconceptions about crime and how it manifests itself.

    • Finding Your Voice: Communication and Academic Skills for Sociologists (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow you to develop enhanced study and communication skills, which will prepare you for university study. You'll become an independent learner and learn to take control of your own thinking and learning. Part of this transition is to find your voice as a student, explore what you care about in the field you are studying and develop a personal engagement with it.

    • Sociology: The Big Ideas (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the foundations of sociological theory to allow you to appreciate central questions and ideas that have shaped Sociology’s development as a discipline. You'll learn to recognise the way these continue to shape the way sociologists engage with today’s social world. You'll also gain the foundational knowledge needed for later sociology modules.

    • Exploring Inequality Qualitatively (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the ways in which we can understand inequality from a qualitative research perspective. You'll learn how ethnography and interviews as qualitative research methods are used by sociologists to study social inequality, and produce diverse findings about divisions in society. You'll gain the practical skills to carry out ethnography and interviews, a skill that will be further developed during your second year.

    • Crime, Media and Culture (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to explore the relationship between crime and culture. You'll gain an understanding of how media and popular culture represent and engage with crime, deviancy and justice issues. You'll consider issues such as race and crime, terrorism, suppression of the media, and societal understanding and acceptance of state narratives concerning violence and war.

    • Sociology in Action (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the importance of sociology and sociological enquiry in the community. You'll have the opportunity to focus on current social issues facing the local community, to better understand the ways in which social issues are framed, narrated and can be explored. You'll focus on both cause and effect, and through debating, discussing and engaging, explore how we think about social issues at the local, everyday level. You'll also look at the urban environment around the University, becoming part of the community of sociologists at Middlesex and beyond.

    • Everyday Sociology: Contemporary Ideas and Debates (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the study of contemporary society. You'll learn core approaches to understanding contemporary society, by studying social structures, institutions and the social relations that comprise it from a global and intersectional lens. Each week, you'll be introduced to new contemporary topics, learning how they are debated, researched and theorised from varying sociological perspectives. The module will allow you to bring together learning from previous modules and develop your ability to apply theory to contemporary topics.

    • Measuring Social Inequalities (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you a broad understanding of theoretical debates regarding the antecedents and consequences of social stratification and inequality. You'll be enabled to use secondary data analysis to answer questions related to social stratification and inequality issues. In seminars, you'll work with secondary data from ONS and surveys and use this data to describe specific instances of social inequality in Britain and other countries. You'll gain the key skills to undertake research method modules in your second year as well as developing a highly valued employability skill.

  • Year 2: Core modules

    • Research Methods for Studying Contemporary Society (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module gives you the knowledge and skills to use SPSS for data analysis and thematic analysis to analyse qualitative data. You'll have the opportunity to propose a methodological research project on a topic of interest and produce a mixed method project. Part of the project involves forming a conversational guide, collecting and analysing data, and writing a report. You'll be prepared to undertake qualitative and quantitative research for your dissertation and study advanced research methods during your studies.

    • Sociological Theory (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will develop your skills and capacities to use social theory in order to think creatively and constructively about ways in which the social and political world is changing today. You'll build on your knowledge of key thinkers studied in your first year, by linking this with your everyday life experiences. You'll begin to understand how societies are changing, linking with the evolution of founding theory, and by building on the knowledge of key theories that frame modern sociology.

    • Sociology and Social Change (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding in using sociological thinking in bringing about social change. You'll consider theories of social change and how they are utilised by social groups and movements, and how different actors use sociological ideas to respond to social issues and problems. Through engaging with organisations and work practices, and campaigns and campaign groups, you'll gain practical skills that will foster your ability to engage in wider actions for social change around issues that concern you.

    • Transforming Justice: Human Rights and Power in Contemporary Policy and Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory

      Starting from the point that human rights are more than just a legal framework but also a powerful moral discourse, this module applies a human rights lens to contemporary criminological policy. This will allow you to reflect on what putting issues such as power and rights at the centre of criminological practice might mean for social justice.

    • Race and Social Justice (15 credits) - Compulsory option

      This module will allow you to develop an understanding of theoretical perspectives on race and social justice in relation to lived realities. You'll explore race, power and privilege along with detailed discussions of white power and privilege across different spaces, racism and intersectional oppression. You'll then focus on the power of the state and legislation, providing a critical reflection through interdisciplinary scholarship. This module will prepare you for engagement with race and social justice topics for your dissertation and/or if you want to pursue a career in a related field.

      You can choose to study this module OR Victimology

    • Victimology (15 credits) - Compulsory option

      The module will expand your thinking around victimisation and consider this topic from a broader perspective, assessing societal responses to victimisation and who we consider to be a victim. You'll explore multiple crime types such as sexual and domestic violence, homicide, sex work, hate crime, financial crime and state crime, and you'll compare and contrast different theories and perspectives in relation to the concept of victimisation.

      You can choose to study this module OR Race and Social Justice

  • Year 2: Choose one optional module

    • Sociology of Intimate and Personal Lives: Family, Friendship and Self (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the changing ways family, intimate and personal lives have been understood by sociology. You'll explore changing ideas of family structures and practices, and look at ‘family’ as a social institution, considering how it's shaped by government policy, social attitudes, religious practice, social spaces and institutions. You'll gain a broader understanding of intimate and personal life that include our relationships with friends, animals, colleagues, and ourselves.

    • Digital Media and the Social World (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will develop your understanding of the ways in which digital media touches on many aspects of social life, leaving our online and offline lives interrelated. The ongoing digitalisation of society presents important topics of investigation that range from everyday social to personal and political life. You'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which digital media is embedded in everyday life, for networking, political action and forming identities.

    • Volunteering for Engagement and Professional Development (15 credits) - Optional

      This module supports your personal and professional development by providing opportunities to gain practical experience within a community-based setting. You'll explore the links between academic study and community engagement in order to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues. You'll understand the processes for structured reflection and gain an understanding of community concerns, cultural competence and ethical and social responsibilities. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.

      You can only study this module for one term over the course of your degree

    • Policing (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you to examine the historical context of policing. You'll develop an understanding of how the modern police service and wider policing family have evolved. Using current theories, knowledge and practice, you'll explore, assess and analyse the contemporary issues faced in policing.

    • Prisons and Penology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the prison system in England and Wales, with a particular focus on the aims of imprisonment and key developments in penal policy and practice. You'll build on your ability to apply theoretical perspectives to prison issues and analyse the impact of policy on the experiences of those who are imprisoned as well as the work of the key professionals and practitioners working in the prison system.

    • Criminal Law and Legal Processes (15 credits) - Optional

      This module develops your understanding of the complex function of criminal law and legal processes within contemporary criminal justice as well as state responses to crime, deviance and public insecurity. You'll gain an appreciation of the legal and human rights issues arising from different punishment measures and criminal justice responses can give rise to.

    • Religion, Self and Society (15 credits) - Optional

      The module will develop your understanding in a range of paradigms for studying religion and religious experience, and relating these to the place of religion in contemporary societies as well as in their lives. The relation between religious experience, self and society is the focus of this module and you'll explore this relation through empirical, interpretive, ethnographic, critical, philosophical, psychoanalytical and theological frameworks. You'll also develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake your Year 3 modules and/or a dissertation.

  • Year 2: Choose one optional module

    • Our Social World: Welfare, Care, Education and Housing in Contemporary Britain (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the contemporary issues in housing, welfare, education and care. You'll be able to analyse policy making and implementation and consider how people respond to policy and challenge policy decisions that impact their lives. You'll cover the history and development of the welfare state in the UK and the changes that have since taken place in government ideology, provision, and economics. You can develop your interest in the module themes in third year options that explore education, work and health in-depth.

    • Gender and Crime (15 credits) - Optional

      One of the key challenges to mainstream criminology is that it often fails to consider gender as a factor of criminal and deviant behaviour. Gender impacts all aspects of crime and criminal justice as well as the regulation of people’s actions. This module develops your knowledge and skills to assess the gendered nature of crime and deviance.

    • Youth, Crime and Justice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to analyse the relationship between youth, crime and justice by situating contemporary debates about youth offending and victimisation within historical and comparative perspective. You'll explore the different settings in which young people are involved in or affected by crime, including the home, the school, the street and online spaces.

    • Cybercrime in Contemporary Criminology (15 credits) - Optional

      Cybercrime is becoming more sophisticated and widespread, as an increasing number of crimes are carried out online or have a link to cyber-space, the internet or social media. This module will create a foundation for understanding different cybercrime areas. The students will be introduced to criminological theories, legal and methodological issues around various types of cybercrime.

    • Cities and Communities (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces key questions in urban sociology and criminology and covers the main approaches which have developed in these fields. You'll be able to engage with the evolution of cities and what it implies for those who live in the communities, exploring questions of intra-urban inequalities, crime, disorder and social harm. At a time of planetary urbanisation, it's essential to engage with the complexity of the social institutions and the physical infrastructures that make up their fabric, considering questions around urban insecurity, gentrification and social housing in these debates.

    • Volunteering for Engagement and Professional Development (15 credits) - Optional

      This module supports your personal and professional development by providing opportunities to gain practical experience within a community-based setting. You'll explore the links between academic study and community engagement in order to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues. You'll understand the processes for structured reflection and gain an understanding of community concerns, cultural competence and ethical and social responsibilities. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.

      You can only study this module for one term over the course of your degree

  • Year 3: Core modules

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory option

      This module aims to synthesise learning from previous sociology modules and gives you the opportunity to study independently and investigate a topic in depth, in accordance with the Sociology Benchmark Statement. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry-based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.

      You can choose to study this module OR Global Citizenship Challenge

    • Global Citizenship Challenge (30 credits) - Compulsory option

      This module gives you the opportunity to reflect on your learning. You'll be encouraged to apply your knowledge and skills to formulate a project to address a real-life problem. Looking towards the future, you'll be asked to consider how we can operationalise the transformative elements of education to bring social change and engage in meaningful future working/social lives.

      You can choose to study this module OR Dissertation

    • Education and the Learning Process (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore how education is understood and learning is valued in society by presenting educational institutions as sites of power and inequalities, capable of producing as well challenging patriarchy, racism and other forms of discrimination. You'll be able to reflect on your individual and collective experiences of learning, question what you've learned, and how, and what this means for you and your future.

    • Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Policy Processes (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores competing responses to crime, deviance and harm, across different contexts, with a particular focus on class and race. You'll develop a critical awareness of the impact of current policy, or lack of, on criminal justice practices. You'll also gain an awareness of alternative approaches and ideological perspectives, particularly in a human rights frame.

  • Year 3: Choose one optional module

    • Digital and Visual Methods (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will develop your understanding in a range of digital and visual methods for conducting research and analysing data primarily through digital ethnography, semiotics and content analysis. You'll begin to look at innovative digital methodologies that are being developed in order to study digital media problems from a methodological and ethical position. You'll gain the practical skills needed to undertake visual and digital research and the knowledge to do this in an ethical way; useful for work and study environments in the future.

    • Gender, Sexuality and Society (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to critically review sociological perspectives on gender and sexuality. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, you'll critically review the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within sociology. You'll be encouraged to critically analyse everyday experiences using theoretical material. You'll explore the ways in which gender and sexuality are intertwined with race, religion, age, dis/ability, class as well as other categories, and enables you to draw on sociological theory to evaluate the social world.

    • Organised Violence: War, Genocide and Terrorism (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides a critical understanding of violence as an organised form of action involving both state and non-state actors. From the work of the likes of Marx, Tilly, Mann, Arendt and Fanon, organised violence emerged as a key element in modern state-building, in Western countries and the global South. You'll look at how, in today’s world, organised violence is equally central, not only to the forging of political entities but also to their reproduction. You should choose to study this module if you want to work in human rights, conflict and peace, and terrorism areas.

    • Violent Crime (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to discuss the dynamics of violence from a gender-informed perspective, how it is used by perpetrators, controlled, and used to control. The module highlights the interconnections between violence, gender, sexuality and crime, and illustrates the blurred boundaries between interpersonal, self-inflicted, community and structural violence.

    • Comparative Criminal Justice: Criminal Courts, Sentencing and Prisons (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you to undertake comparative criminal justice analysis across jurisdictions. You'll learn how to justify the relevance and importance of the data used in a country (case) study approach. The module takes a comparative approach to understand the similarities and differences in criminal justice systems, penal policy, sentencing approaches and ‘cultures of punishment’ across jurisdictions.

    • Rehabilitation and Community Support (15 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to evaluate the various interventions used to reform or rehabilitate offenders. You'll critically assess key agencies involved in rehabilitation and punishment, analysing the experiences of those subject to community justice. You'll also learn to critically analyse the various barriers to successful re-entry, desistance and rehabilitation of lawbreakers and the role risk plays in assessing offenders.

    • Investigations in Theory and Practice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an overview of models of investigation from a theoretical and practical perspective. You'll critically examine existing and evolving legislation, policies, processes and developments in investigative practice. You'll explore the role of investigations as a fact-finding exercise and the search for ‘truth’ within criminal, civil and administrative justice contexts.

    • Crimes of the Powerful (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will facilitate your critical engagement with crimes of the powerful, defined as illegal conducts perpetrated by offenders who hold an exorbitant degree of resources (both material and symbolic) as well as power when compared to those they victimise. The module follows the tradition of study established by Edwin Sutherland. However, the focus moves from the generic interest in white collar crime onto the crimes of the powerful (or power crimes).

    • The Family in Islam and Muslim Societies (15 credits) - Optional

      Through a critical exploration of theories and practices of family life in Islam, you'll gain advanced knowledge of the teachings and practices of Islam from a dispassionate and objective perspective. A contextualised understanding of Islam represents a tool for a comprehensive appraisal of events shaping our times. More broadly, the family life lens will equip you to make sense of the role of religion in society.

  • Year 3: Choose three optional modules

    • Home, Housing the Society (15 credits) - Optional

      The module introduces several questions concerning home and housing in contemporary society as well as the way sociologists should confront these issues as they occupy a central place in the political, public and mediatic debate. It offers a sociology of housing and of the home, looking at the relationship between self, society and state. You'll focus on the UK context with the aim to consolidate a knowledge base in terms of theory, social policy and politics, but will also explore home in a global context. You'll have the opportunity to complete a capstone project or a dissertation in that field.

    • Life Course, Health and Disability (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces a range of topics and theoretical and empirical debates within the field of health and disability studies from a sociological life course perspective. You'll reflect on everyday social situations and challenges people with disabilities experience. You'll explore how they are shaped and framed by social, economic and political explanations of health and disability. You'll be able to apply sociological insights developed in this module to health and disability studies and to health care professions you may choose to enter after graduation.

    • Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will give you the Sociological and Criminological concepts necessary to explore personal and collective experiences of radicalisation and extremism, to critically assess current policy and practice responses to this development, and to propose future policy directions. You'll also engage with urgent societal questions around security and insecurity. This module will give you the relevant skills and knowledge if you're looking to undertake research or employment in areas relating to community support and prevention of violent extremism.

    • Social Movements and Protest (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will give you the knowledge and understanding of the interaction of politics and society with a particular focus on social movements, collective action, and contention. This module adopts a global approach and you'll gain an overview of major ideas in political sociology and an explanation of the processes involving power relations between the state and civil society actors. You'll also begin to understand a number of political-sociological themes and locate their development within a variety of social and national contexts.

    • Learning at Work (15 credits) - Optional

      This module uses the workplace as a site of learning and professional development. It fosters the growth of key employability skills and a critical understanding of work place policies and practices. A central theme of this module is reflective practice and you'll be encouraged to engage in a process of action and reflection. You'll be supported in the meaningful integration of theoretical knowledge and placement practice as well as a critical awareness of ethical and professional behaviours. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.

    • Forensic Mental Health and Offending (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the key theoretical perspectives surrounding mental health and offending. You'll gain a familiarity with the key legislation, policy and practice in this area. You'll also develop a practical understanding of the current legal framework and service provision in England for ‘mentally disordered offenders’, and be able to critically evaluate the key debates and controversies in the field.

    • Children as Victims and the Child Protection System (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to examine the relevant theories, literature and public discourses surrounding the concept of children as victims and the child protection system. You'll learn about the range of challenges surrounding child protection, including situations leading to failures in multi-agency approaches, child safety and protection strategies.

    • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the key debates in drugs policy, particularly focusing on the interface with the criminal justice system. You'll develop your abilities to critically analyse and evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control and their social, political and economic contexts.

    • Cyber-Security (15 credits) - Optional

      The module will give you an in-depth approach to cybercrime challenges from a criminological cyber-security perspective. You'll be introduced to specific cybercrime methods, pathways and platforms as well as cyber-security responses in relation to financial, personal and political cybercrime.

    • Gangs, Group Offending and Joint Enterprise (15 credits) - Optional

      Gangs and youth violence are a ‘hot’ topic in the media and a major concern of government and police, and joint enterprise has emerged as a significant issue of justice. Drawing on a rich history of gang research and theory, you'll explore debates over how these social problems should be understood and addressed.

    • Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores a green perspective on crime and criminal justice as well as the implications of crime and criminal behaviour involving the environment and non-human animals. You'll explore perspectives on green criminology as a sub-discipline of criminology and examine crimes against the environment, crimes against animals, corporate environmental harm and ecological justice and species justice.

    • Transnational Crime (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores and critiques the globalisation of crime and the extent to which a ‘globalised’ response to transnational crime exists. You'll discuss, evaluate, engage and critically analyse various topics including corruption (corporate and public), democracy, legitimacy, the drugs trade, arms trade, and smuggling and trafficking in humans and body parts.

  1. Teaching and independent learning
  2. Assessment and feedback

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the Sociology with Criminology BA support your career?

The combination of Criminology and Sociology offers a broader employability scope as well as a wider set of possibilities in terms of postgraduate studies.

Graduate job roles

There are many organisations, businesses and sectors that you could go into after graduation. Previous graduate destinations have included:

  • Social Services
  • Local and national government
  • Youth work
  • Academia
  • Career guidance
  • Journalism
  • Advocacy
  • Police and probation services
  • Public Health
  • Marketing, HR, or ICT Development
  • International Development.

Graduate employers

In recent years, our graduates have undertaken placements in a wide range of organisations such as:

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Ofcom
  • Centrepoint
  • World Development Movement
  • Herts Police
  • Teacher Training
  • Parkinson's UK Research Support Network

Transferable skills

Sociology graduates are equipped with soft skills, including:

  • The ability to research, collect and analyse data
  • Use a range of software
  • Conduct comparative policy analysis
  • Administer, plan, organise and time manage
  • Write and edit
  • Present evidence and argument
  • Question and debate.

Employability support

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.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2023/24 academic year:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600

Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to everything on your reading list
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees, and you will need to budget for these:

Field Trips – Your course may include embedded field trips or museum visits on some modules (usually no more than once a term). All local field trips related to your study will be funded or expenses will be kept to a minimum to enable your participation, but you may be expected to cover travel expenses within London if public transport is required. If a London-based field visit is a module requirement, assistance with public transport costs can be considered.

The course may include one international field trip. International field trips are optional and when available on the course may be partially funded. The department makes every effort to enable your participation in out-of-class activities and field trips.

You may also need to cover the cost of books that you might wish to purchase.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Student Starter Kit can help with up to £1,000 goods, including a new laptop or iPad
  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Rima Saini
Programme Co-Leader in Sociology

Dr Rima Saini has previously held positions at Southampton University, City, University of London, and the University of Kent. Her teaching and research expertise lies in the sociology of race and class, and the critical application of quantitative methods to social and political research.

Jacqueline Gibbs
Programme Co-Leader in Sociology

Jacqueline is Lecturer and Programme Co-Leader in Sociology in the Department of Criminology & Sociology. Her teaching and research background is in the interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities and her research focuses on critical analysis of gender, vulnerability, time and resistance in cultural politics.

Professor Elena Martellozzo
Associate Professor

Professor Martellozzo's work includes the analysis of online grooming behaviour, distribution of indecent images and police practice. In September 2012, she became an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Child Protection, University of Kent and a Member of the Evidence Group Research for the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). She is one of the leading UK experts on online child sexual abuse and children’s and sex offenders’ online behaviour with strong experience in successfully contributing to boards, committees and charitable organisations.

Professor Kevin McDonald
Professor and Head of Department of Criminology and Sociology

Professor McDonald's research interests includes technology and culture, democratisation and civil society, social movements, experiences of violence and marginalisation. His recently published Radicalization, Cambridge: Polity (2018).

Dr Herminder Kaur
Lecturer in Digital Sociology

Prior to joining Middlesex, Dr Kaur obtained her doctorate from Loughborough University, which was funded by Loughborough University's Doctoral College studentship. Whilst at Loughborough University, she was an co-convenor for the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group and has worked as a content analyst for the 2017 General Election, 2015 General Election and 2016 Referendum projects led by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

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    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.

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