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Course summary

Why do people commit crime? What causes crime rates to rise or fall? How do societies work, develop and transform? Our joint honours programme Criminology and Sociology provides a comprehensive and academically rigorous approach to these pressing questions. Overview On our Criminology and Sociology degree you consider the criminal justice system and explore theoretical positions within sociology and criminology. You'll gain a strong theoretical grounding, analytical expertise and the communication skills needed to kickstart a successful career in a wide range of fields. Reasons to study Criminology and Sociology at Kent

  • Criminology at Kent achieved the second highest score for research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2023.
  • Sociology at Kent was ranked 2nd for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.
  • Kickstart your career in the police force, criminal justice or the crown court.
  • Learn from world-leading teachers and researchers in the social sciences.
  • Study contemporary social issues and through a wide range of modules.
  • Our School is consistently ranked among the top four disciplinary centres of its kind in the UK for Criminology.
  • Boost your employability with a year at one of our partner institutions.
  • You will graduate ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key transferable knowledge and skills that appeal to employers.
What you'll learn You are introduced to the fundamentals of sociological thinking and criminology before learning how to conduct and apply qualitative and quantitative sociological research. You choose from a wide range of modules covering topics such as environmentalism, gender, political change, crime, race, violence and work. You also have the option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about which could be related directly to your career path, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct entry into Year 2 of this programme is considered on a case by case basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

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Please see the programme page at for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK fee quoted may increase in line with inflation. Full-time fees for 2023/24 for international students are £21,900 for laboratory programmes and £18,000 for non-laboratory programmes
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