Criminology & Sociology

Our criminology and sociology courses reflect the human fascination with how we live our lives – no wonder they’re so popular. As a criminologist, you study crime as an individual and social phenomenon, exploring crime control and criminal justice. With sociology you examine some of the most pressing social issues facing individuals and policymakers. Using our academic expertise, we help you make the links between theory and practice.

On video: School of Social Sciences & Law facilities
The School of Social Sciences & 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.
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Criminology & Sociology
  • Benefit from our strong links with HM Prison Service, National Probation Service, Cleveland Police and various third sector projects and educational organisations - accredited and non-accredited work experience, field visits and specialist placement opportunities
  • Feel assured. 91% of our sociology students are satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2013) – well above the national average
  • Study at the regional base for the British Society of Criminology with a dedicated team of criminologists of international standing – many also have professional experience in the criminal justice arena
  • Learn in a friendly, stimulating and supportive environment – our graduates have keen employability skills gained from rigorous academic learning, volunteering and placement opportunities

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, journals and has online access to further journals and databases. Students have access to the University’s own mock court room and police station.

Criminology and sociology are based in the Clarendon Building, which has 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.

Quality teaching

At Teesside we are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive environment. 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 science. 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 policy makers and practitioners, many of whom participate in the programme as invited speakers.


Teaching in both 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 international and, increasingly, world-class standing.

Criminology & Sociology

Excellent prospects

As a criminology or sociology graduate, you are prepared for a career in the probation service, the prison service, the police, voluntary organisations or the public sector. Further postgraduate studies are also available at the University. Our links with local and regional agencies, voluntary organisations and the health sector ensure our courses are relevant to today’s job market. All our degrees provide you with the skills to equip you for numerous graduate-level jobs on completion of your degree.