criminology student in forensic overalls
UCAS Code
M9C8
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 2019, September 2020

Overview

Understand the mind of offenders, victims and witnesses, and learn about the theories of crime and criminality on this combined BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree course.

You’ll get a foundation in the psychology of crime, and enhance your studies by exploring the causes of offending behaviour, responses to crime, and how rehabilitation works.

This course prepares you for a career in areas such as the prison or probation service, criminal justice agencies and victim support.

95% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this Criminology with Psychology degree course, you'll:

  • Study in one of the largest criminology departments in the UK, with teaching drawn from the latest research in criminology and psychology
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions, and hear from recent graduates who are working in the field
  • Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations
  • Get out of the classroom by using our forensic interviewing facilities
  • Make the most of our networks with agencies such as youth offender teams, the probation service, prisons, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Careers and opportunities

This course opens up career opportunities in areas related to psychology and criminology.

What can you do with a Criminology with Psychology degree?

Organisations you could work in include:

  • the police force
  • the probation service
  • the prison service
  • academic research
  • victim and offender support charities

You could also work in third sector organisations and charities that work towards improving the lives of those in or leaving the criminal justice system.

What jobs can you do with a Criminology with Psychology degree?

Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • offender case administrator

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 units on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology 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 modules:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology

Core modules:

  • Psychological Science
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Community Justice
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Law and Legal Skills
  • Learning from Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
  • Penology and Prison
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

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 modules:

  • Dissertation / Major Project (Criminology)
  • Psychology in the Community
  • Psychology of Criminal Conduct

Options you can choose in this year currently include:

  • Contemporary Criminologies
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Gender and Crime
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Management of Criminal Investigations
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Political Extremism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • 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.

The lecturers have a wealth of experience and knowledge in both areas of study.

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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, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

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

At the end of your second year you can do an optional placement year. This gives you experience in the field, helping to boost your skills and career prospects with real world experience.

Placements previous students have secured include positions at organisations such as:

  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Harrow Council
  • Hampshire Constabulary

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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • a 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: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 59% by coursework
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    Entry requirements​

    BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology 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

    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

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees (2019 start)

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £13,900 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

    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 in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M9C8
    • our institution code – P80

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

    Not quite ready to apply?

    Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

    To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

    In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

    When you apply, you'll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M9C8
    • our institution code – P80

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

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