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Course summary

Explore the relationship between social behaviour and crime with this fusion of two fascinating disciplines.

  • Top 10 in the UK (Criminology, The Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • Study abroad opportunities in Brazil, Canada or China
  • Make a change by collaborating with our Social Impact Lab
  • Home to the Work Futures Research Centre (WFRC) and the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR)
You’ll gain the skills to understand how increasingly diverse and complex societies define and respond to ‘criminal and deviant’ behaviours alongside notions of what ‘normal’ life is, or should be. Your modules will be underpinned by world-leading research from the Institute of Criminal Justice and the work Futures Research Centre and taught by leading academics in the field whose views are sought by government, criminal justice agencies and the media. Your research-led teaching will support you to take your next step into employment or further study with the a thorough understanding of the relationship between scholarship, and policy, and practice. With support from experiences academics, you’ll develop your research methods skills, including, quantitative and qualitative research, and theoretical approaches to unpick complex topics. You’ll graduate with the skills you necessary to analyse crime from a sociological perspective. Specialist modules and career enhancing employability workshops will help you steer your degree to a range of professional careers opening the door to further study or employment opportunities.


On our Sociology and Criminology course you will explore the relationship between social behaviour and crime. Some of the modules you may study include Perspectives in Criminology; Culture, Communication and Resistance; and Penology For further module information visit

Assessment method

We’ll assess you using: -lectures -classes and tutorials -coursework -individual and group projects -independent learning (studying on your own) Your assessment breakdown, year by year: Year 1 Written exam - 63% Practical exam - 0% Coursework - 37% Year 2 Written exam - 30% Practical exam - 3% Coursework - 67% Year 3 Written exam - 31% Practical exam - 10% Coursework - 59%

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications please contact the Admissions Team at [email protected]

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £22300 Year 1
EU £22300 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 and Criminology at University of Southampton - UCAS