Postgraduate study

Criminology & Sociology

As a criminologist, you study the social phenomenon of crime and how various formal and informal institutions react to it. With sociology you examine some of the most pressing social issues facing individuals and policymakers. Using our academic expertise, you reflect on what you have learned to put these ideas into practice.

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.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Criminology MSc Yes Yes View course
Social Research Methods (Criminology)* MSc Yes Yes View course

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* Subject to University approval

Quality teaching

At Teesside University we are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive environment. Feedback from the National Student Survey praises our personal tutoring system and student-centred approaches to teaching and learning. Our modules are supported by electronic materials and we use a variety of techniques to ensure your learning is exciting, challenging and interesting.

Our commitment to providing you with the skills and understanding you need for employment ensures you will make good progress and look back on your learning here as life-changing. Teesside is an ideal location to study social sciences. The area has been described as a ‘research laboratory’ as it has experienced rapid and profound social change. Academic staff often draw upon local case studies to enrich teaching, and maintain an excellent network of contacts with key policymakers and practitioners.

First-class facilities

The first-class facilities for criminology and sociology students are all on campus. The University's library houses a large stock of books and journals with online access to further journals and databases. You have access to the University’s own replica courtroom and police station.

Based in the Clarendon building, you benefit from specialist teaching facilities with interactive white boards, an open-access computing laboratory and a student centre. All modules are supported with dedicated online materials, allowing you to develop your knowledge, research skills and critical thinking.


Teaching in criminology and sociology is underpinned by a strong research culture. We contribute extensively to national and international conferences, top-level peer-reviewed journals and the formulation of national policy. Staff have a variety of research interests and are members of a wide range of collaborative research groups and institutes. Teesside University is the regional base for the British Society of Criminology. Our criminology and sociology research is judged to be of national and international standing.

• 100% of Teesside University’s social policy research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 had internationally excellent or world leading impact
• 87% of social policy research at Teesside University was classified as internationally excellent or world leading, and Teesside is ranked joint fifth place from 62 submissions for this quality measure

We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas. There are also opportunities to study for a work-based master's in professional studies (MProf) or doctorate in professional studies (DProf).

Areas in which research degrees can be offered include:

  • attribution and judgements
  • working memory
  • visual perception
  • visual imagery
  • problem solving
  • human-computer interaction
  • aggression
  • network analysis
  • social psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • health psychology
  • clinical and counselling psychology
  • addiction


  • 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
  • Collaborate with local communities and organisations in criminal justice, health and domestic violence
  • 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