Forensic evidence markers

Find the criminology and forensic studies course for you

Prepare for a career in law enforcement, probation, security or counter-fraud.

What can you do with a Criminology and Forensic Studies degree?

Crime affects everyone in society, and a Criminology and Forensic Studies degree is the perfect way to get the skills and knowledge needed to play your part in understanding and tackling one of the most enduring issues facing society.

When you study a Criminology and Forensic Studies degree, you'll explore why criminals behave the way they do and consider ways of identifying and preventing crime using techniques from forensics to cyber technology.  

Depending on the course you choose, you'll also gain the sociological, psychological and forensic skills required to follow our previous students into graduate jobs in the fields of law enforcement, probation, crime rehabilitation, cybercrime, counter fraud and crime prevention.

We have excellent links with key bodies in the industry – such as the National Crime Squad and the National Cyber Security Centre, and the Cabinet Office – and you'll have the option of doing a placement year in industry as part of your degree, to gain valuable experience before you graduate. 

Since graduating from this course, I've worked for Surrey Police, the Metropolitan Police and Hampshire Police, and now I'm training as a detective. Having visited a number of other universities, it's clear that Portsmouth is committed to leading the way in Criminology.

Paul Sammons, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professional accreditations

Several of our courses are recognised or accredited by professional bodies such as the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS). This means you learn up-to-date knowledge and skills, and could gain student membership of professional organisations, depending on which course you choose.