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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


First year programme - Flexible Combined Honours

CriminologyThe FCH Criminology pathway at Exeter addresses fundamental issues about how crime and deviance are defined and policed. You will learn about long standing concerns such as the causes for criminal behaviour as well as how criminologists inform contemporary debates about sentencing, social disorder, addiction, and social deprivation.

We offer a notably wide ranging approach to Criminology. You will have the opportunity to examine traditional issues associated with the operation of the criminal justice system, the patterning of crime, and the social responses to deviance. The central spine of methodological and substantive teaching for Criminology is based in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy, which has been rated 6th in the country in the recent national Research Assessment Exercise.

In addition, we also offer the possibility of examining how matters of crime, deviance, and social control intersect with conflict, human rights, and international law. This means you will gain experience an inter-disciplinary programme of study that includes historical, political, philosophical, and psychological perspectives for understanding and responding to crime and deviance.

Whatever path you take through Criminology, you will explore theoretical, empirical and methodological issues associated with social research. The emphasis will be on developing critical analytical skills.

German policewomenThere are four compulsory modules in the first year of Criminology:

  • Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance - SOC1039 (15 credits)
  • Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology - SOC1040 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Social Data - SOC1004 (15 credits) but if you are taking the similar Psychology module Introduction to Statistics - PSY1205 (15 credits) this Sociology module is not taken.
  • One of the following:
    • Contemporary Society – Themes and Perspectives - SOC1019 (15 credits)
    • Contemporary Society – Fields and Case Studies - SOC1020 (15 credits)
    • Data Analysis in Social Science - SOC1041 (15 credits)

to make a total of 60 credits in this half of the overall Flexible Combined Honours degree programme.

More than 60 credits of Criminology can be taken each year so that this becomes the main element of your degree title, providing sufficient relevant modules from any department are available, e.g.:

  • Archaeological and Forensic Science Practicals - ARC1007 (15 credits)
  • Foucault-Discipline and Punish - SOC1036 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice - SOC1045 (15 credits)

Criminology - Sociology department.