What Will You Study
On Lancaster's joint Criminology and Sociology degree you’ll be taught by staff who are active researchers, known nationally and internationally for their cutting-edge criminological and sociological investigation.
You’ll explore some of the most contentious issues in contemporary life, looking beyond traditional views to consider how our ideas about crime, justice, society and culture are shaped by history, economics, politics and ideology.
In your first year, you’ll examine the fundamental concepts of both Criminology and Sociology. In your second and third years you can really shape the programme to reflect your own interests, choosing from a varied list of optional courses from both disciplines. These cover topics such as Hate Crime, Human Rights and the State; Police and Policing; Criminal Careers;; Youth Justice; Terror; Gender and Media. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out independent research and apply your new skills to real-world examples.
- Criminology : BA Hons
- European Legal Studies : LLB Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Law : LLB Hons
- Law (International) : LLB Hons
- Law and Criminology : LLB Hons
- Law and Politics : LLB Hons
- Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Organisation Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Social Work : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Sociology : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Courts, Law and Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Crime, Poverty and Social Security
- Crime-related extended essay option
- Criminal Investigation
- Family Law
- Grievances and the State
- Human Rights and Civil Liberties
- International Human Rights
- International Law I
- Introduction to comparative law I
- Issues in Cybercrime
- Lawyers and Society
- Measuring Crime
- Research Skills and Techniques
- Understanding Criminal Justice
- Understanding Criminological Fieldwork
- Youth Justice
- Competition Law
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crime-related Research-based Dissertation
- Crimes of Power
- Criminal Careers
- Criminological Aspects on Violence
- Drugs, Crime and Society
- Final Year Crime-Related Extended Essay
- Hate Crime. A Global Perspective
- Health Care Law I
- Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Punishment
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy
- Organised Crime
- Research-based Dissertation
- Responses to Massive Human Rights Violations
- The Police and Policing
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: ABB. We normally expect three A-levels
General Studies: Accepted as one of the best 3 grades, if 4 A-levels presented
Preference: For a majority of units to be from A-levels
Key Skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: BBBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects
International Bacc: 32 points overall with 16 from 3 HL subjects
New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information
A degree in Criminology and Sociology at Lancaster enables you to develop valuable skills in research, analysis and communication; giving you plenty of options for your future career. This joint honours degree is particularly useful for careers in which you’ll be working with people from diverse backgrounds.
Our students go on to a variety of roles in the public and private sector, including criminal justice agencies, social welfare organisations, central and local government, commerce and industry.
Your degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study - at Lancaster or other institutions – as well as specialised training in a related field, such as social work or teaching.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based elivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.