Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full time, 6 years part time



Course overview

Explore how societies are organised, and how people are united and divided. Within the context of modern forms of power, examine the nature of crime and criminality from a critical, sociological perspective.

This degree is aimed at those who want to understand how modern societies are structured, but also for those with an interest in crime and criminality. This interdisciplinary degree will give you the skills and experience to pursue a wide range of careers.

Why study BA Sociology with Criminology at Goldsmiths

  • This Sociology with Criminology degree brings issues of social inequality and social justice to the foreground. You will learn how ‘race’, gender, class and nationality connect to crime and control.
  • We are international in our outlook: students learn about crime and control in the UK and beyond.
  • You’ll be encouraged to take on a work placement that matches your interests and aspirations. You could find yourself supporting a victim of crime, attending court, or mentoring young people.
  • Based in New Cross, a changing area of south London, we’ll take you on walking tours of the local area so you’ll be able to see how theories learnt in lectures apply to the local community.
  • Studying at Goldsmiths means you’ll study in one of the world’s leading sociology departments. We've been rated top 10 in the UK for Sociology in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor, Dr Brett St Louis.

What you'll study

Note about optional modules (if available): The below is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

What you study

This programme will allow you to consider the subject of criminology from a sociological perspective. You will study:

  • how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order
  • how governments respond to ‘crime’, and how they might respond differently
  • the growth and development of the modern state, the formation of modern society and culture
  • social control, policing, surveillance and security
  • crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence
  • research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics

Our intention is that you consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power. 

Year 1 (credit level 4)

The first year of this programme will introduce you to sociological knowledge and training, but it will also offer an understanding of criminology in the context of the nation-state.

You will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
Methods of Worldmaking 1 30 credits
Crime, Control and the State 1a 15 credits
Crime, Control and the State 1b 15 credits
Culture and Society 15 credits

You'll also take one of the following 15-credit modules:

Module title Credits
Culture and Society B 15 credits
Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1B 15 credits
Imaginative Criminology 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

The second year will give you the chance to explore crime and criminology in a global context, considering crime and global inequality, migration, international relations and trade, and state crimes and human rights. This learning will help to frame your third-year dissertation research.

You study the following compulsory modules, including The Goldsmiths Elective. This module is interdisciplinary, and gives you the opportunity to study another discipline from a list of relevant modules in other departments across the University.

Module title Credits
Methods of Worldmaking 2 30 credits
Criminal Justice in Context 15 credits
Governing Everyday Life 15 credits
The Goldsmiths Elective 15 credits

You'll then take 45 credits of optional modules from across the Department of Sociology. The list of optional modules is produced annually, and may include the following:

Module title Credits
Sociology Work Placement 15 credits
Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module 15 credits
Law and Contemporary Society 15 credits
Religion, Crime, and Law 15 credits
Crimes Against Humanity 15 credits
The Making of the Modern World 15 credits
Gender, ‘Race’ and Crime 15 credits
Explaining Crime 15 credits
Knowledge and Subjectivity 15 credits
Social Change and Political Action 15 credits
Leisure, Culture and Society 15 credits
London 15 credits
Sociology of Culture and Communication 15 credits
Central Issues in Sociological Analysis 15 credits
Migration in Context 15 credits
Food and Taste 15 Credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Your final year will be a mixture of compulsory and option modules as well as an in-depth dissertation (30 credits) in a subject area of your choice.

You will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Confronting climate crisis 15 credits
Dissertation 30 credits

You will also study option modules to the value of 75 credits. Option modules offered recently include:

Module title Credits
Citizenship and Human Rights 15 credits
Race, Racism and Social Theory 15 credits
Law, Identity and Ethics 15 credits
Globalisation, Crime and Justice 15 credits
Crime, Control and the City 15 credits
Crimes of the Powerful 15 credits
Privacy, Surveillance and Security 15 credits
Social Theory Through Film 15 credits
Identity and Contemporary Social Theory 15 credits
Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life 15 credits
Visual Explorations of The Social World 15 credits
Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture 15 credits
Thinking Animals 15 credits
Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction 15 credits
Subjectivity, Health and Medicine 15 credits
Thinking with Others, Philosophy and Cultural Difference 15 credits
Experiment Earth Sciences Politics Disasters 15 credits
Police, Prisons and Power 15 credits
From Criminal Justice to Social Justice 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning, 3% placement learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 2 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2022/23. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Alternative qualifications

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

We welcome students with a range of educational experiences. If you believe you may not meet the standard qualification requirements we would still encourage you to apply because we consider all aspects of your application when making a decision.

We’ll pay particularly careful attention to your personal statement, which is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the subject you’ve applied for. Your referees are also welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application, as well as your qualifications and grades.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £19640

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.


Many of the areas you study in this degree are at the forefront of their discipline, and are taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts.

Staff who contribute to this programme include: 

Sobia Ahmad Kaker

Margarita Aragon

Les Back

Kirsten Campbell

Abby Day

Jennifer Fleetwood

Kiran Grewal

Emma Jackson

Theo Kindynis

Alex Rhys-Taylor


Sociologists enter careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. The BA Sociology with Criminology degree will provide an excellent base for careers in:

  • Civil society organisations
  • Human rights organisations
  • Policing and probation work
  • A range of research, planning and policy-oriented careers
  • Social services, criminal justice, welfare services
  • Education
  • Local or national government

Over the last three years, some of the graduate level careers for Goldsmiths Sociology graduates have been:

  • Events Co-ordinator
  • Grants officer
  • Housing and welfare officer
  • Learning support worker
  • Local Government graduate trainee
  • Marketing Manager
  • Personnel manager and officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Researcher
  • Social and youth worker
  • Sustainability officer

You might decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level, by undertaking a Graduate Law Diploma or with the aim of making a career in higher education either as a lecturer or as a specialist researcher.

Read more about possible career options on our Sociology careers pages and by checking out options for Sociology Employability. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.