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Undergraduate study

Criminology & Sociology

Our criminology and sociology courses reflect the human fascination with how we live our lives. How do we make sense of the world we live in? How do we understand today's most pressing issues? As a criminologist, you study crime as an individual and social phenomenon and explore criminal behaviour and its social context, crime control, state crime, and criminal and restorative justice. As a sociologist you examine the global and local dynamics of modern social life, including the opportunities and inequalities facing individuals, groups and policymakers. 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. Using our academic expertise, we help you make the links between theory and practice in local, national and international contexts.


Quality teaching

At Teesside University 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. So alongside developing academic skills and competencies we also aim to provide you with the practical and transferable skills which will help you succeed in your future career.

Criminology and sociology staff at Teesside are internationally recognised research leaders and this expertise is used in the classroom. Academic staff often draw upon local case studies to enrich teaching, both in class and by sending you out into the community, and maintain an excellent network of contacts with key policy makers and practitioners, many of whom participate in the programme as invited speakers.

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, databases and resources. It has a range of bespoke study spaces catering for both group and individual learning, as well as quiet study areas. The Library also offers a range of support services for students looking to improve their study skills. You have access to the University’s own replica courtroom and police station.

Criminology and sociology are based in the Clarendon, which has recently undergone significant renovation, and which houses 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.

Excellent prospects

As a criminology or sociology graduate, you are prepared for a career in the probation service, prison service, police, voluntary organisations or the public sector, as well as a wide range of other occupations. Further postgraduate academic study opportunities are also available at the University.

You have the opportunity to take up work experience posts in between your second and third year in local, national and international organisations. All our degrees provide you with the skills to equip you for numerous graduate-level jobs on completion of your degree.


Teaching in both criminology and sociology is underpinned by a strong research culture. You benefit from being taught by a strong research-active academic team across both criminology and sociology, who are internationally-recognised scholars. We contribute extensively to national and international conferences, top-level peer-reviewed journals and have produced cutting-edge publications. Staff have a variety of research interests and are members of a range of international research networks.

The strength of our research within criminology and sociology is reflected in the recent national assessment of research performance across UK universities. The Research Excellence Framework (2014) found that 87% of the social policy submission made up of mainly Teesside's criminologists and sociologists was ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The submission ranked joint 5th out of 62 institutions for internationally excellent work. Our criminological and sociological research was also judged to have significant and high-quality impact in the real world.