At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. A degree in Criminology and Sociology enables you to explore a wide range of social issues and to consider the role of crime in societies past and present. Crime, deviance and social order are some of the most taxing issues our society faces. Sociology and Criminology complement each other well in enabling students to understand broad issues revolving around social structure and social change, as well as the ways in which institutions, power systems, identity, culture and economics impact on crime and disorder. Sociology supports Criminology students by offering depth and background understanding. In many respects the history of Criminology is rooted in Sociology. As such, many of the ideas Criminologists use are sociological terms. For this reason, Sociology can help Criminology students to better understand concepts, analytical techniques, and social history. Criminology supports Sociology by offering a specific field for the application of sociological insights. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Many students who study this combination find their degree useful for careers in probation, social work, socio-legal work, the voluntary sector, and policing. Through your programme of study in Criminology you may be able to apply for opportunities to gain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work-experience with external agencies who work in criminal justice or resettlement. This range of opportunities will strengthen and diversify your skills, experience and your CV.