University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton


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Course summary

With a Joint Honours degree, you study two subjects and depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree. Joint honours degrees are taught in the same way as single honours degrees, with 120 credits taught per year, over three years. Through this combination, you will develop a critical understanding and insight into contemporary sociological themes and issues. You can choose from a range of specialist areas within Sociology and gain thorough training in research methods. This is then combined with the study of crime, social order and social control that is central to the study of Criminology. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
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  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that If you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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Course details


STAGE 1: • The Sociological Imagination (40 Credits) • Identity Formation and Social Change (20 Credits) • Crime and Society (20 Credits) • True Crime and Other Fictions (20 Credits) • The Science of Crime and Criminals (20 Credits) STAGE 2: • Methodology and Application in Social Research (compulsory) (40 Credits) • Social Transitions of the Lifecourse (designated) (20 Credits) • International Field Module (designated) (20 Credits) • Love and Intimacy in the 21st Century (designated)(20 Credits) • Sociology of the Future (designated) (20 Credits) • Research Methods for Criminology (compulsory) (20 Credits) • Crime and Justice (compulsory) (20 Credits) • Outsiders (designated) (20 Credits) • Crime, Policing and Punishment in English 1700-1900 (designated) (20 Credits) • Youth, Victims and Restorative Justice (designated) (20 Credits) • Critiquing Criminalistics (designated) (20 Credits) STAGE 3: • Sociology Dissertation (designated) (20/40 Credits) • Body, Sex and Society (designated) (20 Credits) • Sociology of the Self (designated) (20 Credits) • Sociology of Death (designated)(20 Credits) • Your Sociological Agenda (designated) (20 Credits) • ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Migration in Britain (designated) (20 Credits) • Criminology Dissertation (designated) (20/40 Credits) • Crime and Punishment (designated) (20 Credits) • Policing and Crime Control (designated) (20 Credits) • Crime: Perspectives of Gender and Race (designated)(20 Credits) • Violence: from Domestic to Institutional (designated) (20 Credits) • Crime and Popular Culture in late Victorian Britain (designated) (20 Credits) • Addiction: Crime and Criminalisation (designated) (20 Credits) • Beyond Justice (designated) (20 Credits) Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include: • essays • practical reports • multiple-choice tests • oral presentations • time-constrained essays • seen and unseen examinations • critical reviews • group project work.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Sociology/Criminology at University of Northampton - UCAS