Sociology, Criminology and Terrorism

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Analyse the various patterning and investigate the structures and cultures of different societies throughout the world and history. 

Tackling the economy, media, surveillance, gender and race will be key to your studies. You'll also chart social trends to help us better understand the dilemmas of modern life. And you'll raise philosophical issues about the ways in which we study society. 

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses will give you opportunities to develop your ability to research and assess different theories on the social world. You'll also look at various research methods in the analysis and the place of people in society. 

Our courses are ideal for those with a natural curiosity who are looking for a rewarding career in the community, police and justice sectors. In these roles, you'll get the chance to implement positive changes in people's lives. 


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Criminology BSc (Hons)/ MSci

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Foundation year
Placement year
Integrated Masters

Forensic and Criminological Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Placement year

Security and Intelligence BA (Hons)/ BSc (Hons)

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Foundation year
Placement year


Taught courses

Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc

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Full-time, distance learning

Sociology and Social Justice MA

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Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

Transnational Organised Crime MA

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Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning



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Work experience and careers

Work experience

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

Students on our sociology, criminology and terrorism courses often find work in either the voluntary or public sector. Typically organisations involving public health, marginalised people groups and community safety are leaned upon, dependent on career goals and specific courses studied. The voluntary sector can provide a useful insight and future opportunities and students in the past have worked with young people in the Voices programme and with the homeless in the North Staffs branches of the YMCA.


Employers value the level of understanding and skills our graduates bring to the workplace. 

Each sociology and criminology course empowers you to understand values and different outlooks. This equips you to engage in critical debate and sustain your own judgement. 

We also recognise a key focus for graduates is the postgraduate careers and study. That's why we offer a postgraduate route after graduation, and opportunities for mentoring and volunteering in the local sector. Plus, no fewer than 90% of graduates were in work or further study six months after completing their degree.  

Employment Opportunities: 

Our graduates have found employment in the following sectors, among others: 

  • Community sector 
  • Young or adult offenders support 
  • Drug users support 
  • Homeless support 
  • Police 
  • Criminal justice system 
  • Teaching 
  • Public administration 
  • Probation service 
  • Social work 
  • Finance 
  • Journalism

Our students

What I enjoy most about the course is that you’re not just sitting in a lecture theatre all of the time being spoken to. You’re actually out in the field gaining experience, you’re very practical, visiting prisons and having prison officers and governors come in and speak to us.

Danielle Hackett

Criminal Justice with Offender Management

Without the support of the staff and the well-structured approach to teaching, and identifying my learning needs, I would be ill-prepared for my current role. I'm now able to prepare professional reports for management purposes and am able to approach my work in a methodical and analytical manner suited to a professional role.

Steve Barkes


Our staff

Louis Martin

Senior Lecturer

Louis worked for Derbyshire Constabulary before becoming Head of the Roads Policing Unit and Detective Inspector for Derby City Centre. He is Course Leader for Criminal Justice with Offender Management.

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Dr Emma Temple-Malt

Course Director

Em is the Course leader for the PG Transnational Organised Crime Masters,, Sociology and Social Justice Masters and Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters. Her expertise are in domestic abuse education and research methodology.

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Dr Jo Turner

Head Of Department - Associate Professor

Dr Jo Turner is Head of Department for Criminology, Policing and Forensic Science and Associate Professor of Criminology. She has worked at Staffordshire University since August 2017.

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