Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Criminology and Sociology

Develop your understanding of crime and society. Explore the issues you are passionate about to enact change.

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Course overview

Why do people commit crime? What causes crime rates to rise or fall? How do societies work, develop and transform? Our joint honours programme in criminology and sociology provides a comprehensive and academically informed approach to these pressing questions.

At Kent, you’ll be taught by world-leading academics and experienced criminal justice professionals – including those drawn from Kent Police, the London Metropolitan Police, HMP Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service, the legal profession and charities supporting victims and communities. We offer one the most cutting-edge Sociology programmes in the UK, being taught by world-class experts researching the most pressing issues facing society today means you are kept in touch with the newest developments and debates on the issues our society faces. As a results you are given a kickstart in jumping into these debates and finding solutions.

On our criminology and sociology degree you will consider the criminal justice system and explore theoretical positions within sociology and criminology. You'll gain a strong theoretical grounding, analytical expertise and the communication skills needed to kickstart a successful career in a wide range of fields. This means you are ready to go into the areas you are passionate about and effect change in the places you want to see it.

Why study Criminology and Sociology at Kent?

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Kent achieved the second highest score for criminological research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2023.

Gain hands-on experience

Develop practical skills in criminal justice: train in the UK's first Restorative Justice Clinic or volunteer with one of our partners. 

Learn from the experts

Gain first-hand knowledge via our partnerships with the Police, HMP Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service and many charities.

Realise your potential.

In SSPSSR we embed employability into our degrees, meaning you graduate ready to jump into your chosen career and make a difference.

Everything you need to know about our Criminology and Sociology course

Entry requirements

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

Course structure

Exploring questions about crime and the societies it happens in helps you develop the skills to critically question current assumptions about society as a while. You'll also discover the growing impact of technology and artificial intelligence while learning to tackle important challenges facing us today.

How you'll study

Our teaching staff bring the subject to life and draw you into the conversation through lectures, seminars, presentations and group work. You also have opportunities to learn in real criminal justice settings.

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You can tell by the way they deliver their lectures that all the staff are passionate about their subjects.

Your future

As a criminology and sociology student at Kent, you will benefit from being taught by academics and researchers who are leaders in the field, both for teaching and research. So not only will you be taught by people who are at the forefront of development and debate around issues relating to crime and society, you can be assured that they are also excellent teachers. Meaning they can keep you in touch with the leading debates around issues that matter most to you.

This means that when you graduate, you are well informed on the areas you want to effect change in and well placed to kickstart your career. You’ll be ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key skills that appeal to employers. These include the ability to analyse information, excellent communication and negotiation skills, planning, teamwork and leadership, as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others, which is increasingly important if you want to start a global career.

Ultimately, the skills and confidence you graduate from Kent with put you in the perfect position to realise your ambition. This could be in criminal justice, or any area you want to explore and change. The adaptability of the skills you develop, and the degree programme itself gives you the autonomy to make your degree and your career your own. Wherever you want to go, criminology and sociology at Kent is a great first step to get there.

UK criminology graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (41,964 salaries)

Making a difference

My degree made me aware of the impact of factors, such as race, class, gender and religion on an individual.

Alexis Johnson graduated with a BA in Sociology in June 2020. She’s now working supporting children through one-to-one interventions.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

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  • International
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  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


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