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Sociology, Criminology and Terrorism

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Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

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. 


Work experience and careers

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.

Our students

Steve Barkes

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.

Danielle Hackett
Criminal Justice with Offender Management

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.

Our staff

Louis Martin
Louis MartinCourse Leader – Criminal Justice with Offender Management

I have worked for Derbyshire Constabulary before becoming Head of the Roads Policing Unit and Detective Inspector for Derby City Centre.

My areas of expertise were homicide investigation, suspicious deaths and Criminal Justice.


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Dr Em Temple-Malt
Dr Em Temple-MaltCourse Leader – PG Sociology

I am the course leader for Terrorism, Crime and Global Security, Transnational Organised Crime and for Sociology and Social Justice Masters Degrees.


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Dr Jo Turner
Dr Jo Turner Course Leader – PG Criminology

I joined Staffordshire University in 2017 as senior lecturer and undergraduate course leader for Criminology and Sociology having been senior lecturer and programme leader for Criminology at the University of Chester between 2012 and 2017.

I teach Advanced Criminal Theory in the Criminology Masters. I also teach on the Transnational Organised Crime Masters and supervise the dissertation for this course and the Terrorism Masters. 

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Dr Fahid Qurashi
Dr Fahid QurashiCourse Leader - UG Criminology

I joined Staffordshire University in 2018 having been a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Canterbury Christ Church University between 2014-2018.

I have a PhD in Sociology (Kent) and research and publish in the areas of political Islam, counter-terrorism, radicalisation, race, and Islamophobia. I would be interested to hear from prospective PhD students who would like to pursue a doctorate in these areas. 

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Our graduates

Laura Maddocks Psychology and Criminology, 2007

Laura first experienced the prison service during her studies. She is now an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator working to reduce prisoner reoffending.

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Annette Shipley Sociology, 1981

Annette’s interest in sociology took her from graduate to librarian, politician, business owner, and now Director of Operations at Olympus Engineering.

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