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About the course

Blending criminal investigation with forensic psychology, this specialist degree is designed to give you highly relevant skills, knowledge and professional skills for a great career in criminology, criminal justice and similar sectors.

The skills developed are benchmarked against the requirements of Investigations and Psychology employment such as analytical thinking, crime scene investigations, presentation of evidential studies and critical thinking.

The course is regularly updated and informed by the latest theory and working practice, thanks to experienced lecturing staff working within criminal justice and criminology – ensuring your tuition is current, real-world relevant and tailored to the needs of the industry.

And we are proud to offer a wide range of expert guest speakers from the industry, enhancing your learning through practical understanding of sector challenges and considerations – and offering a network of employment opportunities. The course is also supported by optional site visits, both locally and internationally, giving you the chance to broaden your perspective of the criminal justice sector.

As well as developing your personal skills, you will build a range of highly transferable communication, teamwork and group interaction skills to enhance your employability.

And the learning experience at Solent is a key feature of the course, providing opportunities for personal and group reflection alongside highly stimulating tuition. Many of the staff are current industry experts and published academics in relevant fields, with an open-door policy and a wealth of experience to share.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Lecturing staff who are current within the industry and have strong industry connections that offer employment opportunities.

What does this course lead to?

If you’re looking for a career path in criminal investigation or psychology, this is the course for you.

You will be well placed for roles within the criminal justice sector and related fields, while your analytical and research-focused skills, along with a range of transferrable skills will aid employability in a broad range of careers, such as in the business and voluntary sectors.

Who is this course for?

This course is suited to students who wish to follow a career path in investigations with psychology or similar professional/voluntary capacity.

You will build analytical and research skills that can be transferred to a broad range of careers, along with valuable industry connections through site visits, guest speakers and lecturers’ own networks within the industry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:

Organised trips, both within the UK and abroad. The university has a strong connection with Monmouth University in New Jersey, supporting an optional educational visit to the US (approx. cost £1,300).

Other trips include Poland (approx cost £500); London (National Crime Agency) (approx. travel costs £20), and Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions (Hampshire) and Hampshire Constabulary (approx. travel costs £10).

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

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:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement year 4 years Apply

Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement year 5 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core  modules
  • Explaining Criminal Behaviour
    This module introduces you to the many varied and fascinating perspectives from which criminologists explore criminal behaviour.
  • Exploring Psychology
    Through this module you will learn how psychology has developed as a scientific discipline and take a critical look at some of the key areas of psychological research.
  • Study Skills in Social Sciences
    This module is designed give you the essential transferable skills and subject specific skills to enable you to research effectively, think critically, argue persuasively and write clearly with focus on different forms of assessment: essays, exams, presentations and reports.
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
    On this module you will explore aspects of physical growth, cognitive change, and psychosocial development from conception through to old age. You will explore topics on typical (normative) development as well as atypical development.
  • Research Methods 1
    This module will cover how to select a sample for your research, how to frame a question, how to critique other research studies, ethics and how it all fits together to provide a credible study of research and new knowledge.
  • Law, Sentencing and Punishment 
    This module introduces you to aspects of substantive criminal law, and the state’s (sometimes futile) efforts to capture the essence of crime and punishment in the black letter of the law.                   

Year two

Core modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
    On this module, you will gain an overview of brain anatomy and how processes are localised to different areas or structures - learning about the way our nervous system is structured to help us interact with the outside world or respond to internal sensations such as pain.
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Investigation
    This module introduces you to the essential and emerging modern thinking of merging evidence base academic research and professional practice. 
  • Psychology of Crime
    On this module you will gain an overview of the application of psychology to the understanding of criminal behaviour. You will explore types of crime, the psychology of the courtroom, police psychology, how criminals are treated, and how psychology can apply to different levels of crime.
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 2 
    On this module you’ll learn about quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysing criminology information. Considering who/what the information relates to, how the information is obtained, what information is collected, how information is investigated and how it’s presented.
  • Dangerous Offenders
    In this module, you will engage in discussions covering a range of current controversies surrounding dangerousness, risk and offences committed by those offenders deemed to be dangerous to the public.
  • Crime Scene Investigation 
    In this module, you will discover how to gather crime scene evidence, consider the appropriate application of such evidence and appreciate the necessity for procedural rules in practice. The module is based around a fictitious crime and takes you on a journey through investigation practice all the way to Crown Court.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation 
    This module will enable you to explore a subject, which you find intrinsically interesting, in significant depth and detail. You will develop your skills as critical and reflective learners capable of assimilating, evaluating and articulating relevant knowledge.
  • Global Crime 
    This module explores how perceptions of the nature and extent of crime have expanded and diversified in a globalized world.
  • Issues in Forensic Psychology 
    Through this module you will be introduced to contemporary and historical issues in the study of crime and given the opportunity to independently explore topics of your choice, these may include: prison and courtrooms, law-enforcement practices and addiction.
  • Justice: Future Challenges  
    This module considers forward thinking challenges to justice on both a local and global level. It makes an important contribution to your strategic thinking, using knowledge and an ability to see the changing landscape of justice and all the connected aspects.


  • Drugs, Crime and Alcohol
    Through this module you will navigate through this complex arena considering health implications, crime, addiction, government strategies, the charity/police and health sectors.
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
    This module will assess the nature of contemporary “terrorism” by examining definitional disputes and motivational dynamics. Particular manifestations of political violence will be evaluated in detail, which will require a focus on aims, strategy and tactics.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Simon Fox academic profile Simon Fox Head of Subject View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Hayes academic profile Mark Hayes Senior Lecturer View profile
Esther Snell academic profile Esther Snell Senior Lecturer View profile
Rebecca Maina academic profile Rebecca Maina Senior Lecturer View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Karen Burnell academic profile Karen Burnell Senior Lecturer View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Jenny Josephs academic profile Jenny Josephs Lecturer View profile
Nigel Lee academic profile Nigel Lee Lecturer View profile
Dr Amy Duvenage academic profile Amy Duvenage Lecturer View profile
Brian Wink academic profile Brian Wink Associate Professor View profile
Bernard Wiseman academic profile Bernard Wiseman Associate Lecturer View profile
Bradley Kershaw academic profile Bradley Kershaw Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Our Mountbatten Library offers an extensive range of criminology resources

Portable crime scene and mock court room, as used by the Crime Scene Investigation, and Issues in Forensic Psychology modules.

A strong mentoring support network that has led directly to employment for students, and extended beyond employment, into pastoral and welfare care.

Your future

On graduating, you will be well prepared for a variety of criminology related careers, with skills that are aligned to many professional roles and highly desirable by employers.

Potential roles and sectors include:

  • Probation
  • Third sector supporting victims, or working with addiction
  • Forensic crime scene investigator
  • Security services
  • Social service
  • Youth work
  • Military policing
  • Human rights and other related organisations or groups
  • Working with victims and dangerous offenders
  • Customs and excise
  • Information security
  • Police
  • Courts
  • Prisons
  • Border and immigration
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Drugs project workers
  • Mental health case workers 
  • Local authority community safety units
  • National Crime Agency
  • Police support staff
  • The Home Office
  • Crime analysts in police services
  • Private security
  • CCTV management
  • Fraud/financial services investigation

Industry links

Guest speakers provide opportunities for students in related fields, as do teaching staff. The course has a close working relationship with local and national related employers, including Hampshire Constabulary, National Probation Service, Portsmouth Adult Social Care, a Portsmouth drug addiction charity, the National Crime Agency, New Jersey Police Department in the USA, and the Office of the Policing Commissioner.

The course also enjoys relationships with professionals who work within public health, police, probation, cyber, military, charity sector and victims support services, and act as frequent guest speakers on the course.

Additionally, some staff members attend and speak at the European Criminology Society Conference, National NSPCC Safeguarding Conference, New Jersey Leadership Conference, International Association of Chief Officers, National Catholic Church Diocese Conference and the Mencap South Regional Conference, among others.


An optional placement year is available between the second (level 5) and third (level 6) years. You will be expected to find your own placement, but course staff will be able to work with you in finding a suitable placement, and you will have regular staff contact throughout the placement.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day