Sociology and Criminology

UHI Outer Hebrides


Outer Hebrides Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


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 addressing the social, political, historical and individual forces behind such changes.

The context for both subjects is local, national and global 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.

In the first and second years, you will follow a traditional broad approach to the study of sociology and criminology. In years three and four, you will examine in-depth particular areas of sociology and criminology, allowing you to study specific topics and themes which reflect staff research specialisms (including cybercrime and the networked society). Each year, you will build on your analytical and research abilities through the core research methods modules.

The degree also offers the opportunity to study other Humanities subjects such as history, literature, archaeology, politics, and theology.

Entry Requirements

3 Highers at BBC including 2 relevant subjects.

For some optional modules you will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

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.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

8 years or more


Humanities and Social Sciences

SCQF Level