Social Sciences

  • Practical courses

    Our social science courses are highly practical, giving you the research experience you need to succeed in your future career in criminal justice

  • Excellent opportunities

    Our close links with policing, law and psychological organisations provide you with great placement and job prospects

  • Experienced tutors

    Our tutors have first-hand experience in the field and carry out pioneering research

If you're interested in the contemporary issues affecting society in the form of crime and deviance and want to understand the causes and consequences of crime in relation to social issues, our social sciences programmes are an ideal option.

Social Sciences courses



Why study a Social Sciences course at the University of Cumbria?

Our growing Social Sciences portfolio currently includes Criminology with pathways, Forensic and Investigative Science and Applied Psychology. All of our programmes can open up doors for your future, including work in policing, probation, offender management, clinical health, counselling, the prison service and the full range of crime reduction and community safety agencies - as well as new and growing opportunities in the security industry.

As a student at the University of Cumbria, you’ll gain practical analytical skills that feed directly into the beginnings of a career in social and market research, with a wealth of employment opportunities in public, private and third sector organisations. You'll be taught by academics with both practical and academic experience, and will have significant input from industry practitioners, to ensure you're receiving the most up-to-date course material.

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Pathway Options for Criminology

Our new pathway options have been developed to meet the increasing demand for graduates within statutory criminal justice agencies such as the police, HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the probation and prison services.

You can choose to study criminology as a pure subject area or partnered with one of our pathway subjects. These include Applied PsychologyForensic Science, Law, Policing and Investigation and Social Sciences.

All programmes come under the Criminology umbrella which offers a broad introduction to criminology as an academic discipline of vibrant, intellectual debate. This includes looking at criminal justice, sociological foundations, criminal psychology and current debates in criminological research. Within each pathway you can explore and develop further specific subject knowledge.

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