Hull pioneered this exciting area of study more than 30 years ago and has an established reputation as one of the UK's leading criminology centres. Criminology sits in the School of Education and Social Sciences, which is part of the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.


Our strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies offer fantastic openings for work experience, work placements and job opportunities.

Foundation year Year abroad Industrial placement Integrated Masters


  • BA (Hons) Criminology

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    Explore the diverse factors causing crime, and societal responses. The wide range of modules available allow you to tailor your degree to your interests.

  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

    Through this combination of subjects, you'll explore the diverse social, cultural, economic and political factors which can cause crime.

  • BA (Hons) Criminology with Forensic Science

    Explore the laboratory and field techniques of the forensic scientist alongside the causes and solutions to crime on this fascinating degree.

  • BA (Hons) Criminology with Law

    Combining criminology with law, you'll focus on the connection between crime and criminal justice while gaining a sound understanding of the legal system.

  • BA (Hons) Criminology with Psychology

    Alongside gaining a thorough understanding of crime and criminal justice, you'll also explore human behaviour, performance and decision making.

  • LLB Law with Criminology

    Available with:

    Complete a qualifying law degree while also developing an understanding of aspects of criminology and criminal justice.

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

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    Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this degree combines the interrelated disciplines of psychology and criminology.

Postgraduate Taught

Postgraduate Research

  • Criminology research degrees

    Our staff have a wide range of specialisms, from the links between alcohol and violence and the history of crime and punishment – among many others.


When I found out about the placement with Humberside Police, I knew Hull was the place for me.

Jasmine Morley
BA (Hons), Criminology with Forensic Science


Since pioneering this exciting area of study over 30 years ago, we’ve built a powerful reputation that has allowed us to develop strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies. This has given us a unique insight into the world of criminology and opened up doors of opportunity for our students.

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Our engaged, accessible, expert staff come from a diverse range of backgrounds. Each has their own unique approach to teaching and research, meaning you'll gain experience at Hull that you wouldn't find anywhere else.

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Our programmes allow you to combine criminology with sociology, psychology, law or forensic science to suit your interests and develop your own specialism.


We have strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies. Not only does this provide a unique insight into the world of criminology, it also creates opportunities for you - from placements, to work experience and experience-enhancing visits.



Whatever you're studying, the library is one of the best places in the country to get your work done. With over a million books, and state-of-the-art technology throughout, there's a good reason that this is one of the most visited places on campus.


Through placements, work experience and a diverse course of study and research, you’ll gather the key skills that are in demand across a wide range of careers.

From police work, the prison and probation services, the legal professions, social work, Civil Service research and non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace.

*Unistats data

97%of social sciences graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating*




With over 30 years of experience, the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice provides world-class research that informs and responds to local, national and international needs. Areas of research range from histories of crime and punishment to surveillance and contemporary maritime piracy.


Undergraduate students have the opportunity to take a study trip or spend a semester studying abroad at a partner institution in Hong Kong.

Study criminology from an international perspective to boost your employability


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The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.