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Institute of Criminology

Undergraduate Teaching session

The Institute offers several undergraduate courses for students in Sociology and Law, including a new joint Sociology/Criminology degree.

Course Options

There are several options for undergraduate students in Human, Social and Political Sciences, Law and Psychology to study Criminology:

Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) Students 

HSPS students can study for a Sociology / Criminology degree.  In this joint degree, students learn key sociological concepts and approaches to social problems alongside topics such as: the understanding of patterns of crime, pathways into and out of crime,  and critical issues regarding law, policy and practice in relation to criminal justice and sentencing.  The criminology courses on this joint track include:

An introductory course: Foundations in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the second year of their degree, and specialist papers in the third year:

  • Social Order, Violence and Organised Forms of Criminality
  • Criminological Research Methods
  • Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System

In their final year HSPS students may choose to write a dissertation, which allows them to explore in greater depth a criminological topic of personal interest.  Further details on this degree are available here:

Law Students

Law students can choose a course on Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System in the second or third year of their degree.

In their final year Law students may opt for the popular Crime and Criminal Justice Part II Dissertation Seminar, which allows them to explore in greater depth a criminological topic of personal interest. 

All of these courses make use of the research and teaching expertise of the internationally renowned research community of criminologists at the Institute and provide a strong foundation for its post-graduate programmes.

Psychology Students

Students on the PBS (Psychology and Behavioural Sciences) programme can choose to study ‘Foundations in Criminology and Criminal Justice in their second year of their degree.

Current Students                 

Current students can access resources for their course through Moodle, the virtual learning environment for the University of Cambridge, which can be accessed here, by using your Raven password to login.

Prospective Students

For general enquiries details about undergraduate courses offered by staff at the Institute of Criminology please contact .  

If you have any questions regarding the joint track in Sociology and Criminology please contact the .


Course Director

The Undergraduate Director is Dr Caroline Lanskey.