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About the course

Are you interested in how psychological theory has helped inform and shape the field of criminology? This varied course gives you the opportunity to focus on both of these overlapping disciplines, combining a broad understanding of psychological principles with insights drawn from a study of criminology and the institutions of criminal justice.

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.

This programme also encourages students to develop a range of interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews with participants and group work. You will also develop your written communication skills through your research reports. 

The course team themselves have a wide range of professional expertise and experience. This has helped past students to secure work placements with relevant external organisations.

Think you might like to learn more about criminology and its roots in psychological theory? With an understanding of the social, psychological and economic factors that contribute to criminal behaviour, graduates will be well positioned to pursue further study in the area or apply for relevant graduate positions.

Placement year Study abroad Foundation year available January start available Further studies

The course strikes a stimulating balance between criminological and psychological content, exploring the criminal mind using established psychological theory.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to work at the police, probation, prisons and court services in both ‘frontline’ and support roles, for public and private providers, in legal services, or have undertaken teacher training.

Who is this course for?

This course is will appeal to students with an innate interest in the workings of the criminal mind. Students should aspire to work in social care, criminal justice, the prison service or rehabilitation. 

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) K8CR
  • 3 Years Standard Entry MC98
  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year SM71

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry L131
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year L311
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) L314
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU 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 not yet available. For guidance the 2016/17 fees were:
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
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 minimum of two completed 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.
  • Entry to year one of 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

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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 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
  • Psychological Investigations
  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Key Perspectives in Criminology

Year Two

Core units
  • Social Psychology in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Crime, Culture and Society
  • Biological Psychology
  • Exploring Human Development
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 2
  • Critical Issues and Professional Practice in Criminal Investigation

Year Three

Core units
  • Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation
  • Global Perspectives on Crime and Justice
  • Psychology of Crime


  • Leadership and Management in Investigation and Policing
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Dangerous Offenders?
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Security, Public Order and the State
  • Crime, Risk, Community Safety
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Crime
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Police, Law, Community
  • The Bloody Code: Control and Punishment
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Team Skills Training and Facilitation
  • Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Child Development and Education
  • Health Psychology: Treatment Issues and Health Care
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units 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

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Written Exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Polly Burton academic profile Polly Burton Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Simon Fox academic profile Simon Fox 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.


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 gain first-hand experience of psychological research.

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 and the British Embassy in the USA.

Your future

Whether you work in the social/welfare sector, in the justice system or with charities, your understanding of both criminology and psychology will give you the opportunity to make a tangible and positive impact on individuals’ lives and the quality of the community.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Probation officer
  • Police officer
  • Drug treatment services
  • Youth justice officer
  • Prison officer.


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


of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

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

You’ll also receive guest lectures from a wide range of criminal justice and psychology professionals who will provide detailed insight into their fields.

Our units are designed and often delivered in collaboration with the profession - we work with organisations such as the Association of Chief Police Officers, Southampton City Council and Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, as well as related charities.

There are also various annual trips for criminology students, including a US trip to visit the Department of Homeland Security, the DEA, the FBI, Interpol, the Secret Service, New Jersey State Police, the Supreme Court and more.

You’ll also be able to visit Hampshire Police Training HQ to observe conflict resolution techniques (including crowd control, firearms and lectures on reasonable force and the National Decision Model) and participate in the annual public order exercise.


You’ll have access to plenty of work experience opportunities. Previous internships and work placements have included the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office and the prison service, as well as positions on criminal justice groups such as youth offender panels.

There may also be 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

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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