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UCAS Code
L311
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

In the digital age, crime is becoming more complex and diverse with the internet creating new types of crime and reinventing old ones.

If you’re interested in fighting cybercrime, this combined course – the first of its kind in the UK – covers traditional criminology theory while exploring modern issues like cyber-security, online terrorism and digital forensics. You'll examine the methods and motivations of cybercriminals and learn first hand about the challenges of digital investigations.

After the course, you'll be ready to take on roles in criminal justice agencies, local government, and private and public industries.

What you'll experience

On this Criminology and Cybercrime degree course, you'll:

  • Examine criminology and cybercrime at one of the largest criminology departments in the country
  • Practise modern digital investigative techniques and develop transferable skills in analysis, research and using new technologies
  • Tailor the course to meet your interests, by studying topics that match your career aspirations
  • Learn from cybercrime, criminology, probation and policing experts, and interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:

  • Get professional counter-fraud qualifications during your studies
  • Get relevant practical experience for your future career in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
  • Meet potential employers during work placements

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime units in police or private organisations. You could work in areas such as:

  • crime prevention
  • criminological research
  • intelligence analysis
  • digital investigations
  • security consultancy

You could also work in the prison system or do postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. You'll also get support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Professional accreditation

By choosing certain optional modules on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

This course combines traditional criminology with an innovative look into information technologies and the future of crime and policing. It offers exciting new modules on cybercrime, the darkweb and digital investigations as well as real-life experience through participation in the cybercrime awareness clinic and interaction with practitioners. Join us into bridging the past with the future of criminology.

Dr Vasileios Karagiannapoulos, Course Leader

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core units in this year include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyberspace, Subcultures and Online Deviance
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology

You'll also study one of the following units:

  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing (requires prior knowledge of programming/technology)
  • Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations

Core units in this year include:

  • Cyberlaw: Governance And Human Rights
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Community Justice
  • Crime and the Media
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Cybercrime Clinic
  • Forensics Fundamentals *
  • Forensics Investigations *
  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Law and Legal Skills
  • Learning From Experience
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare
  • Penology and Prison
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

*  only available if you have studied the L4 module above on cybersecurity and forensic computing

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice
  • Dissertation / Major Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Contemporary Terrorism
  • Crime and New Technologies: Theory and Practice
  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Gender and Crime
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Information Security Management
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Management of Criminal Investigations
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Political Extremism
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the field.

Previous students have secured placement positions at organisations such as the Hampshire Constabulary High Tech Crime Unit.

You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, south Asia and Canada.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group discussions
  • practical workshops

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L311
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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