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)


  • Feel assured - our sociology students gave us 90% for satisfaction (National Student Survey 2013)
  • We have links with the HM Prison Service, the National Probation Service, Cleveland Police, youth offender teams and Victim Support Teesside
  • Our specialist facilities and laboratories are among the best in the country
  • Teesside University is the hub of the North East branch of the British Society of Criminology
  • You have great opportunities to engage in study-related voluntary work
  • We have strong links with educators in Sure Start, schools, colleges, voluntary and community sector projects, and private providers
  • Sociology courses are noted for their applied and vocational focus with opportunities for accredited voluntary work