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BA (Hons) Criminal Investigation with Psychology

Learn to investigate criminology, psychology and criminal behaviour

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Do you want to learn how thoughts and feelings can influence criminal behaviours? This exciting interdisciplinary course will help you to understand the underlying social and psychological causes of criminality, focusing on the various different forms of criminal behaviour and the ways in which the UK handles criminal justice. Alongside a foundation of psychological inquiry and research, you’ll study the methods by which crimes are investigated, responsibility allocated and prosecutions secured.

  • Students have embarked on educational visits to institutions including the Old Bailey and Houses of Parliament, as well as the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, Washington DC and the British Embassy in the USA.
  • Past students have benefited from regular guest lectures delivered by industry experts.
  • The course’s curriculum has been designed in collaboration with Southampton Solent University’s industry partners. This helps to ensure that the course content meets the needs of employers.
  • The course is delivered by an experienced team with backgrounds in psychological practice, academic research and criminal justice.
  • The course team encourage students to pursue valuable work experience throughout their studies. Solent’s established connections with psychological organisations and local and national criminal justice agencies have helped provide past students with relevant opportunities.
  • 86% of students on this course reported that they were satisfied in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Optional units enable students to plan their own career path, including options in specialist subjects such as alcohol, drugs and crime; crime and the media; and youth crime and justice.
  • Students use a range of industry standard facilities including dedicated observation, cognitive, psychophysiology and computer laboratories.

The industry

Whether you want to work in the social support and welfare sector, in the justice system or with relevant charities, your understanding of both criminal investigation and psychology will give you the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

This is an essential degree for many careers in these sectors, but can also help with a range of positions in other industries. These include applied and research-based roles that focus on helping people with social or personal issues, and supporting the rehabilitation of offenders.

The programme

Psychological and criminological study at Solent starts with our programme of lectures and guest speakers. Past students have benefitted from talks delivered by criminal justice professionals and psychology practitioners, giving detailed insight into the industry and the careers it offers. Previous speakers include Martin Fisher, consultant forensic psychologist with NOMS, and Adam Murton, forensic psychologist.

The course team themselves have had extensive experience of the criminal justice system and psychological practice, providing students with personal insights gained through first-hand experience. The ties they have with the professional world have also helped past students obtain work experience including volunteer placements, temporary paid work, work shadowing weeks and internships.

Past placements have included the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, Tempforce, and the prison service, as well as positions with criminal justice support services such as youth offender panels.

Learning is also supported by our purpose built labs, which allow students to collect data from human participants using the same resources as professional psychologists. These facilities include the psycho-physiology laboratory, the observation laboratory, and the cognitive psychology laboratory.

Students have used these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our Biopac programme measures participant’s physiological reactions. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of psychological methods and analysis, as well as helping them to gain first-hand experience of psychological research.

Next steps

Can you see yourself working at the point where criminal investigation meets psychological study? With a range of industry-standard facilities, close links with local employers and an experienced course team, Southampton Solent University’s criminal investigation and psychology programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry L4C8
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year VG92
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) T94M

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry L329
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year L313
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) L328

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 1
  • Criminal Processes and Responsibility
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Key Perspectives in Criminology

Year two:

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Core units

  • Social Psychology in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Crime, Culture and Society
  • Crime Scene to Court: Criminal Evidence and Procedure
  • Critical Issues and Professional Practice in Criminal Investigation
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 2
  • Exploring Human Development

Year three:

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Core units

  • Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation
  • Psychology of Crime
  • Leadership and Management in Investigation and Policing

Options

  • Global Perspectives on Crime and Justice
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Contemporary Issues in Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Team Skills Training and Facilitation
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Security, Public Order and the State
  • Crime, Risk, Community Safety
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Crime
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Police, Law, Community
  • The Bloody Code: Punishment and Control
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Dangerous Offenders?
  • Gender, Crime and Justice

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is delivered through lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions, along with individual study and group exercises.

Work experience and placements
Students have the opportunity to apply for a number of internships and work placements through the course’s excellent professional links.

Past internships have included the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, Tempforce and the prison service, as well as positions with criminal justice support services such as youth offender panels.

There are also work-shadowing and volunteering opportunities in a range of criminal justice settings, including the Special Constabulary, drugs and alcohol, youth and victim support services.

Assessment
Various methods, including essays, portfolios, examinations, and group and individual projects and presentations.

Our facilities

The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services, and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

In the 2014 National Student Survey, Solent’s learning resources scored 86 per cent for student satisfaction.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study criminal investigation and psychology units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry L4C8
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year VG92
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) T94M

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry L329
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year L313
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) L328

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course supports entry to a range of public- and private-sector careers. If you have a particular interest in criminal psychology you could choose to work as, for example, a mental health case worker in local authority community safety units, or in the intelligence or organised crime departments of the National Crime Agency.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Police
  • Probation
  • Prisons and court services;
  • Public, private and charity sectors within criminal justice
  • Legal services
  • Teacher training
  • Further study/training.

Links with industry

The course team have extensive experience in criminal justice and in applied psychological settings, and strong ties to the professional world.

You will also receive guest lectures from a wide range of criminal justice professionals (examples include chief officers of police and probation, visiting judges and members of charity and crime reduction partnerships) who provide detailed insight into the field, and there are varied opportunities for work experience in criminal justice and related areas – including voluntary or temporary paid work, work shadowing and internships.

Transferable skills

Research methods, critical analysis and interpretation of information, communication, teamwork and leadership.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Police, probation, prisons and court services in both ‘frontline’ and support roles. Case workers and intelligence analysts for a variety of policing agencies, including the Association of Chief Police Officer Criminal Records Office, the National Crime Agency and local crime reduction partnerships.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Law and Criminology Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

 

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry L4C8
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year VG92
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) T94M

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry L329
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year L313
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) L328



 

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