Criminology & Sociology

The popularity of our criminology and sociology courses reflectsthe human fascination with how we live our lives. Criminologists study crime as an individual and social phenomenon, exploring crime control and criminal justice. You examine why people commit crime, how crime is defined, and how society and the media respond. Then discover the sociology, psychology and law that underpin this subject.

In sociology, the focus is on the most pressing social issues facing individuals and policy makers today. Our courses build on our academic expertise and practical insight into these fascinating areas of study.

School of Social Sciences, Business & Law facilities The School of Social Sciences, Business & Law has fantastic state-of-the-art facilities that reflect the broad range of courses it offers. From a hydrotherapy pool and environmental chamber to a replica courtroom and crime scene house, students have access to the kind of equipment they will go on to use throughout their careers. (4 mins)


  • Benefit from our links with HM Prison Service, National Probation Service, Cleveland Police, youth offender teams, schools, colleges, voluntary and community sector projects, and our INSIDE OUT modules
  • Learn from criminology and sociology research that is of national and international standing
  • Host of the north-east branch of the British Society of Criminology
  • Benefit from being taught by a strong academic team with an excellent record in research and publishing within the disciplines
  • Learn in a friendly, stimulating and supportive environment – our graduates have keen employability skills gained from rigorous academic learning, volunteering and placement opportunities