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  • Research cutting-edge methods and techniques
  • Explore advanced theories and evidence concerning deviancy within a sociological context
  • Prepare for a career in policing, the prison service or customs 

You will study a broad spectrum of topics within the complementary fields of sociology and criminology, enabling you to develop knowledge and understanding of issues including social change, culture, identity and the social causes and consequences of deviancy.

The course builds upon the skills and knowledge acquired at undergraduate level and is designed to develop, stretch and challenge you in your exploration of sociological and criminological perspectives.

You develop important skills, including an ability to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility, to show originality in tackling problems, to make decisions and employ sound judgement. You will demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills across a range of criminology and sociology applications.


You may work in the criminal justice system, including law-enforcement agencies such as the police, the prison service and customs, or within public administration, including crime prevention units and offender management. You may undertake social research of criminological and sociological issues, or pursue careers working for members of parliaments, or for lobby, interest or pressure groups related to the criminal justice system or issues of social justice.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Wednesday afternoons

The programme is taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, work-based learning and independent research. Contact with industry experts is a key feature of the course and students meet with regular guest speakers from a number of external organisations concerned with crime, deviance and security. Students have the opportunity to explore these organisations through field visits and work placements.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our .



Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. 

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2020. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our  section.

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Year 1: Level 7

Modules Credits

Social Research Design 20

Empirical research underpins social inquiry within sociology and criminology and is an essential means by which we are able to investigate and answer important questions. This module is designed to introduce you to a range of major empirical traditions and equip you with the skills to both interpret existing social research designs and to develop your own research project.

Dealing with Data 20

This module explores the principles of qualitative and quantitative data analysis and introduces students to the techniques used to analyse these kinds of data effectively. Working with existing data sets, students will learn basic analysis techniques for quantitative data, specifically methods
of univariate and bivariate analysis, how to undertake these using SPSS, and how to create tables and charts to present their findings effectively. The module also introduces students to strategies for analysing qualitative data, including thematic, narrative and discourse-based approaches, and explores how qualitative data analysis software can be used to aid in the management and coding of data.

Law and Social Control 20

There are wide ranging perspectives on deviant behaviour and how it should be responded to. The identification of so-called deviant behaviour is a representation of changing and developing social attitudes as much as it is a reflection of political will and ideology. This module will explore how deviant behaviour comes to be labelled as such, how the understanding of deviance is a constant state of flux and what responses to these behaviours consist of. This will take in both social and mechanistic perspectives while considering topics such as power, influence and governance.

Sociology of Identity 20

The notion of identity is both deeply personal and socially constructed. The identification of different groups within social and cultural environments shift and change over time. Having a particular identity, as perceived by oneself or another, can have both negative and positive
impacts. This module will challenge the notion of identity as fixed, presenting instead a conception of multiple identities which are negotiated through everyday social interaction. Different characteristics that form part of the shifting understanding of identity will be explored including race, gender, disability, religion, sexuality and political affiliation

Substance Use and Society 20

This module explores the use and misuse of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and other substances from diverse sociological, cultural, criminological, medical and policy perspectives. You will explore substance use from a variety of political, cultural and sociological perspectives in order to be fully informed about the complexities of the production, distribution, use and responses to substances. You will engage with different theoretical models and debates related to substance use, dependency/addiction, education, treatment (e.g. counselling, abstention, harm reduction, decriminalisation) and social control. You will explore evidence for the negative consequences of substance use for individuals and societies, on a national and global scale. You will also consider the social meaning of alcohol, drugs and other substances and their consumption as part of recreational ‘lifestyle’ choices linked to rave and club culture and other leisure activities.




Conflict & Community 20

The world is an increasingly violent place with many conflicts around the globe. In many cases such violent conflicts have their basis and ‘justification’ firmly within community, be they political, social, religious or cultural communities. This module will explore the notions of conflict emanating from particular communities through a series of case studies. It will also explore some of the more prevalent explanations of communal conflict, the forms that such conflict often take, such as ethnic cleansing, disappearances and genocide amongst others, formal and informal responses to communal conflict and violence as well as peace-keeping and peace-building initiatives at internal, national and community levels. Various case studies will be explored, such as Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Iraq, and Syria amongst others in order to highlight the issues relating to communities in conflict.

Dissertation 60

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,700
Part-time entry | £3,350 p/a

Total Cost | £6,700

International Students

Full-time entry | £13,500
Part-time entry | £6,750 p/a

Total Cost | £13,500


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Core Text

Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Indicative cost is £40 - £60. 


Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Typical offer
Normally a first or second class honours degree
On campus, Winchester