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Undergraduate and postgraduate study options within the Department of Social Sciences

By studying a course within the Department of Social Sciences you will be joining a community of enquiring minds who are experts in their fields. Our aim is to understand and explain the social and political world, how relationships and alliances are formed and communicated and how inequalities are justified and challenged. Our students are supported to become decision makers and game changers who shape the world of the future. 

The Department offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level in our subject fields of:

  • Criminology
  • International Relations and Politics
  • Sociology
  • International Development
  • Professional Policing

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We recognise that professional experience is invaluable to your learning and so have built strong relationships and partnerships with organisations including Northumbria Police, COCO, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Geneva), Swedish Red Cross, Voluntary Service Overseas, CISV International, YOT (The Youth Offending Team) and The British Council. 

These partnerships enable us to develop our curriculum, keeping it cutting edge.  They ensure our research has an impact on the work and policy of important social and political organisation and services.  They also offer opportunities for our students to apply their knowledge through work and research placements, volunteering and accredited work-related learning modules.  Our students have worked in a range of challenging environments such as prisons, youth offending teams, homeless charities and parliamentary offices in addition to exchanges with overseas universities.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice MA

Postgraduate | Newcastle

This postgraduate course provides you with the opportunity to study historical, comparative and contemporary criminological theory,…

1 year full-time / Sep start

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2 years part-time / Sep start

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Criminology BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

This Criminology course is the ideal choice for anyone with a critical and enquiring mind, an interest in the causes of crime and victimisation,…

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Social Science Foundation Year

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

This foundation year will prepare you for degree level study in a range of social science subjects, introducing you to research theory…

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Sociology BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Sociology at Northumbria University, Newcastle is a full-time course over 3 years. You will develop a global understanding of society,…

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