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About the course

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.

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.

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.

Placement year Study abroad Foundation year available Specialist facilities Further studies

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This interdisciplinary course is ideal for student who want to study psychology while gaining a broad understanding of criminal investigation and justice. Graduates will be well prepared for a range social care, mental health and community safety roles within both the public and private sector.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry L4C8
  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) T94M
  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year VG92

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry L329
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year L313
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) L328
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 placement year fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,545

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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.


100%

of students feel staff are good at explaining things

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: 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.

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What you'll study

Year one

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

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

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

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

Support

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

Key figures

17%

Written exams

67%

Assessment by coursework

16%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Simon Fox academic profile Simon Fox Head of Subject View profile
Polly Burton academic profile Polly Burton Senior Lecturer 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
Anne Thomson academic profile Anne Thomson Senior 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.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

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.

Students use a range of industry standard facilities including dedicated observation, cognitive, psychophysiology and computer laboratories.

Your future

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.

92%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

45%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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.

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.

Further study

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