Social Sciences

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Challenge the world around you with Social Sciences at Roehampton

Studying Social Sciences

Studying Social Sciences

When you enrol onto one of our undergraduate degrees you become part of a diverse community of people who are passionate about social justice, and where the research carried out by our academics is among the most highly rated in the UK for its social impact.
Roehampton offers three distinct degree courses, Law, Criminology and Sociology, plus four combined courses:
Law & Criminology (LLB)
Psychology & Criminology (BSc)
Criminology & Sociology (BSc)
Sociology & Social Anthropology (BSc)
The Social Sciences Department is part of Digby Stuart College, and is housed in our Hirst and Duchesne buildings, just steps from the library.  The Department is also home to the renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research, where international experts conduct research, training and teaching in the field of human rights, social justice and international relations.


LLB Law and LLB Law & Criminology

The Roehampton Law School welcomed its first students in 2015 yet we’ve already achieved the UK’s highest overall student satisfaction rate for Law in the 2019 National Student Survey.  An incredible 97% of students graduating in 2019 said that their course had been intellectually stimulating, well organised and that it challenged them to achieve their best work. 

Roehampton’s Law In Practice approach to teaching and learning means students start thinking and working like a lawyer from day one.  The department is also gearing up to prepare future students for the new pathway to qualifying as a solicitor due to start in 2021. 

On the job experience

Excellent work experience opportunities are now available to Roehampton Law School students via its newly opened Law Clinic, which sits within the Wandsworth Citizen’s Advice Bureau, a short walk from campus.  Working alongside a qualified solicitor, our students prepare case notes and make fact-finding calls to clients who are seeking help with issues such as facing eviction. It combines excellent experience of real life law work with the satisfaction of providing a much needed service to our local community.

BSc Criminology

Challenge yourself to think differently about crime with our stimulating criminology degree, while gaining gain a host of transferable skills such as researching, critical thinking and problem solving. 

Criminology is an interdisciplinary subject, which could be described as a meeting point between law, sociology, psychology, social policy and human rights. Many of the major issues it explores are permanently evolving and always in the news, such as tackling knife crime, de-radicalising terrorists and combatting modern slavery.

Among our academic staff in Social Sciences, Roehampton boasts high-profile experts in areas as diverse as ‘honour’ crimes, drugs, family violence, prisons, youth offending, sexual crime and military law. 

Criminology graduates often go on to be employed in the following professions:

  • Policing
  • Probation service
  • Civil service
  • Prison officer
  • Drugs counsellor
  • Youth worker
  • Social worker
  • Campaigner

BSc Sociology

Sociologists see the world differently. They explore the connections that bind humanity together via families, social grouping, geography and institutions. They study how factors such as gender, ethnicity, wealth, politics and education affect an individual’s place in society.  As such, sociology students are intellectually curious, and gain a range of important transferable skills through their course, for example:

  • Researching
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative working
  • Planning and conducting interviews
  • Analysing data
  • Report writing
  • Giving presentations


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Meet our students - Social Sciences


Hear from our students

Avril Kearney

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying law at university?

Research the subject and be certain you know how much of a commitment studying law is. Visit public galleries in courtrooms and see how the various professions within the system work together. Research law firms and see if there is an area of practice you feel you would be interested in. Most importantly, take no notice of American courtroom dramas!

Poppy Kirkbride
BSc Sociology

What’s the best thing about your degree course?

The best thing about studying sociology is that it’s changed how I see the world. I’ve got a better idea of who I am and how I fit into society, plus an understanding of social inequality and how difficult life can be for some. I’ve learned how to think critically, and I think this will be really helpful when I’m looking for a job once I graduate. I chose Roehampton because wanted to experience university in London but also wanted to feel safe and part of a campus community. You definitely get that kind of experience here.

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Student Life

Student Life

Why Roehampton?


Being a student at a campus university in London gives you the best of both worlds. We are lucky enough to have a 54-acre parkland campus to call home, and are only 30 minutes from central London.

We offer plenty of opportunities for you to get involved through playing sport, music, volunteering, or joining one of over 50 student societies. We also have catering outlets, across campus, and each College has social spaces where you can meet up with your friends and relax.

Our campus is close to Putney, Hammersmith and Wimbledon, which each have wide a range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. With central London so close, you can easily access the wealth of culture, entertainment and dining options the capital has to offer.



We have among the most affordable student accommodation in London and can offer all new students a place in halls. We have a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Each room is:

  • Single occupancy
  • Furnished
  • En-suite or semi en-suite
  • Self-catered with shared kitchen facilities

Fees also include utility bills and contents insurance. We have Flat Reps and wardens living in on-campus accommodation to provide support and information when you need it.

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Support services

Support services

Meet our Wellbeing Team


At Roehampton we are focused on ensuring you succeed, and have a wide range of support services to help you at every step of your journey.

Wellbeing – our team are able to provide personal wellbeing support, professional counselling and mental health support. Each college has a Student Wellbeing Officer and a College Warden, the latter is available after hours for all on campus students.

Medical – we have an on-site NHS medical centre which provides doctor and nurse-led services.

Disability and dyslexia – we encourage students to let us know about specific needs so we can work with you to tailor our support.

Financial – we have a wide range of scholarships, and a student hardship fund for those students in financial difficulty.

Chaplaincy – our diverse community is reflected in our multi-faith chaplaincy and we have a number of spaces for worship.

Study support – all students have an Academic Guidance Tutor, as well as access to library support and online study resources.

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