Sociology and Criminology BA (Hons)

UCAS code L30C

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in studying crime and society, then the BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology degree will give you a solid grounding in both disciplines. The course offers students the opportunity to study a wide range of sociological and criminological themes and topics across a broad sweep of modules, emphasising the value of empirical and theoretical approaches.  This is achieved by exploring the changing nature of the social world and of crime, and addresses the social, political, historical and individual forces behind such changes.

The context for both subjects is contemporary Highlands and Islands and British communities, as well as international perspectives, looking at their similarities and differences.  There is strong emphasis on research methods which will give you the skills necessary to carry out independent research for your future career, including your dissertation in the fourth year.

The degree also draws on other social science subjects such as research methods, history, literature, archaeology, and socio-legal studies.

Special features

  • You have the opportunity to combine the study of the social world with the study of crime and its control
  • You will develop your research and methodological skills, which you can take into your future career
  • The joint nature of the degree will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
  • Taught by highly experienced academics
  • Exciting modules, based on staff research, are offered at upper levels
  • With full-time or part-time options, you can fit your studies around your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.
 

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Understanding the social world
  • The enquiring student
  • Introduction to criminological theory
  • Comparative institutions of justice

You will also choose two option modules from our range of humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are

  • Sociological theory
  • Qualitative research methods
  • History of crime and punishment
  • The politics of policing
  • Practical research and analysis skills.

You will also choose one option module from our range of humanities subjects

Year 3 - BA

Core modules may include:

  • Work and society
  • Advanced social research
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
  • Psychology of criminal justice
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Victimology
  • Work placement

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

In the fourth year you will undertake a dissertation in either sociology or criminology.

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. Modules may include:

Sociology

  • Insiders and outsiders in society
  • Visual research (subject to numbers)
  • Restorative justice
  • Cultural criminology
  • Networked society: mass media and the information age

Criminology

  • The darker side of the internet
  • Globalisation of crime
  • Restorative justice
  • Cultural criminology

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years 

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this degree you may consider postgraduate study or research. You will also have a wide range of employment opportunities in the commercial, statutory and voluntary sectors including:

  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Community work 
  • Social policy and management
  • Policing

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Studying here has been a great experience so far because as a mature student, I was a bit apprehensive about returning to education, but it's
been really easy to get back into the way of it, and I think that must be partly due to the lecturers and the
style of teaching.

I like the way the course is structured with mostly self-study, this means that I can take things at my own speed, choose my own work for the week and how much time I spend on subjects.

The campus is in a beautiful spot, so it's a nice place to study. If you’re thinking of studying here, I would
recommend a visit to the campus, and Perth, to see if it’s the place for you. 

Barbara McCabe is in her fourth year of the BA
(Hons) Sociology and Criminology at our Perth
College UHI campus.

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