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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Study criminal and social justice principles, rules and practices from contemporary academic and practical perspectives.
  • Learn analytical and research skills for understanding the nature of crime, society and the factors shaping social change.
  • Learn the real-life applications of criminological and sociological theory to experiences and behaviours.
  • Tailor your studies to reflect specialist interests, which enhances independent thinking and creativity.
Benefit from an academically rigorous and career-enhancing education with a joint degree which brings together two related subject areas. You will gain a broad multi-disciplinary understanding of the real-life applications of criminology and sociology to contemporary social issues, and establish personal and transferable skills perfect for enhancing employability. Once you have completed the foundation year, you progress onto the undergraduate degree of BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology course. You share the first year and first semester with Law, Criminology, Sociology, Politics and Psychology foundation students. In the second semester you will complete a module specific to criminology which will prepare you for your transition to your subject specific degree of Criminology and Sociology. We have highly motivated, knowledgeable and creative staff across the department who bring a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge from the criminal justice and social sector and the broader academic community. This enables high quality learning of the core aspects of the two subject areas, as well as a range of specialist topics and areas of study. You learn through:
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Projects
  • Peer learning
  • Placement activity
  • Visits
  • Guest lectures
  • Simulation
  • Case study analysis
  • Online learning resources
Applied learning - Work placements We have excellent links with the local, regional and national criminal justice sector organisations. Local organisations support our provision and provide activities ranging from placements, work experience opportunities, guest lectures and advice on career progression. You will have the opportunity, should you choose, to arrange a year-long placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. International opportunities You will have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of your third year, at institutions, which could include Australia, USA or Canada with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme. You’ll choose which modules you study, and get the chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles, as well as travelling to new places and meeting new people. Networking opportunities The Helena Kennedy Centre ensures that teaching focuses directly and indirectly on ethical and social justice issues related to the social exclusion/inclusion of a range of vulnerable groups and on promoting social access to all available community resources. You are provided with career-related support from department specialists who help with access to graduate opportunities.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences The Practice Of Criminology Year 2 - Compulsory modules Criminal Justice Criminological Landscapes Graduate Research And Development 1 Graduate Research And Development 2 Shaping Societies The Sociological Imagination Year 3 - Compulsory modules Deconstructing Research Identity, Diversity And Deviance Power And Control In Society Elective modules Education: Theory, Policy And Practice Environment And Society Exclusion Rights And Justice Experiencing Criminal Justice Health And Inequalities Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending Real World Cutting Edge Research Methods Real World Enterprise And Entrepreneurship Real World Professional Practice Real World Project Management Real World Social Justice And Activism Spin, Propaganda And The Media Studies Abroad In Criminology Youth: Chaos And Control Year 4 - Optional modules: Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules: Dissertation Elective modules: 21St Century Crime: Threats, Responses And Human Rights Advanced Research Methods Charity And Community Comparative Criminal Justice Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context Crime And Justice In The Information Age Crime And The Media Criminal Justice Compared Criminal Justice Realities Culture, Media And Consumption Drug Use In Context Education, Power And Control Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability Experiencing Custodial And Community Sentences Families And Kinship: A Sociological Insight Into Family History Studies Globalisation, Gender And Work Making Desistance And Recovery A Reality Policing And Crime Reduction Politics Of The City Power, Sex And The Body Sex Violence And Extremism Simulating Justice Practice Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism Work, Employment And Globalisation

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2022 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS