City University London

Course Introduction

Crime and criminal justice are central concerns in contemporary societies, attracting political and media attention. This popular, innovative and professionally'oriented degree is designed and delivered by academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field. Our central London location and proximity to key criminal justice agencies facilitates our distinctive Criminology and Sociology course. City has one of the largest and best'known Departments of Sociology in London. We offer innovative and relevant degrees that provide a firm foundation in key sociological theories and debates, including race relations and ethnicity, crime and criminal justice and media and communications. Our academics are leaders in their fields and bring their internationally recognised scholarship and research into their teaching. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides. Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of the University, working in the areas of media and communications, crime and justice, human rights, migration and refugee support and mental health.

Course Modules

Year 1 core modules: introduction to criminology 1: crime and society; introduction to criminology 2: crime and the individual; foundations in sociology; sociology in action. understanding the modern world. Elective modules include: exploring London; contemporary issues in global politics ' 20th century; contemporary issues in global politics ' 21st century; contemporary issues in media studies; history and theory in psychology; lifespan psychology; media, history and politics; theories of global politics; a language module (French, German or Spanish). Year 2 core modules: key issues in criminology; violence and criminal justice policy; doing sociology 1; doing sociology 2. Elective modules include: sociology of punishment; gender, crime and justice; circuit of culture; new media challenges; television and sport; identities and personal relationships; interpreting news and documentary; social theory 1; social theory 2; understanding social change. Year 3 Core module: sociology project. Core elective modules include: victimology; policing and crime control; youth, crime and society; crime, news and criminal justice. Elective modules include: sociology of human rights; the global media system; transnational communication in Europe; quantitative analysis of social research data; media war and terrorism; media, cities and culture; global migration processes; reading sociology; sociology of race and racism; social movements and political action; approaches to film; gender and society; new media: from cyberspace to social media. sociology of contemporary Europe.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher BBBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 65%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Extended Diploma

Key Course Information

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 77%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

£23,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 0

12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 11%

Total Coursework: 85%

Total Practical: 4%

£7,800 - £10,000
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,500 - £7,800
Typical cost of private accommodation