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About the course

Explore the world of criminology and criminal justice, and discover the fascinating psychological underpinnings to this socially vital industry on our innovative criminology and psychology degree.

You will develop key industry skills in analytical thinking, crime scene investigations, presentation of evidential studies and critical thinking, along with the key knowledge of psychological and criminological theory to prepare you for a career in relevant fields and sectors. The course is designed and constantly refreshed with current thinking, thanks to a lecturing staff with plenty of experience and current connections within the criminal justice and criminology arena.

You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers who are industry experts, giving you a valuable window into real-world situations and challenges – as well as a network of employment opportunities. The courses are also supported by site visits, both locally and internationally, giving you the chance to explore the global perspective first-hand and draw on this in your learning journey.

With a strong emphasis on essential professional and career skills, along with a curriculum which reflects the changing face of criminology, the course focuses on group interaction and makes use of the latest research, and features a strong mentoring support network that has led directly to employment for past students.

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
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

This course staff are current within the industry and have strong industry connections that offer employment opportunities.

What does this course lead to?

On graduating you will be well placed for various roles within criminology, criminal justice and related fields, including police and probation services, youth work and victim support, human rights, fraud investigations and many more.

Who is this course for?

This course is suited to students who wish to follow a career path in criminology and psychology or similar professional/voluntary capacity. You will develop analytical and research skills that can be transferred to a broad range of careers, both within related fields and in the wider justice and voluntary sector.

The course gives you the chance to make valuable industry connections through site visits, guest speakers and the lecturing staff’s own extensive network, drawing on their research and practitioner status within the sector.

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.
  • Entry to year one of 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

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 to 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

How to apply

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 
    This module provides an overview of the various approaches and schools of thought that have shaped psychology over the last century and a half – and even longer. You will learn about 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.
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    This module will give you essential skills to understand, question and challenge published statistics.
  • Victimology
    This module is designed to make you a better-informed critic and analyst of crime and victimology. On completion you will be better equipped to explain the impact of crime on victims and will have an in-depth knowledge of perspectives on victimization and the responses to victimization.

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.
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime
    In this module, you will develop your appreciation of issues within the criminal justice system and wider criminology by engaging yourself in discussions and debates covering a range of subjects including long term issues.
  • Psychological Research
    This module is the critical next step in your research training to prepare you for your final year project. In this module you will cover some more research techniques and you will be given a little more freedom to select and design your own mini-project.
  • 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.
  • The Social Individual
    Through this module you will explore individual differences within social psychological phenomena and consider the extent to which personality may affect and be affected by social situations and social behaviour.
  • 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
  • Applied Psychology Research Project 
    This module allows you to independently conduct and write up a piece of psychological research. This will require you to research an area of psychology of your own choosing.
  • 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
    In this module we will take an in depth look at some of the controversies in the forensic field since psychologists began taking an interest in it and develop a ‘critical’ understanding of the role psychology in today’s criminal justice systems and in wider society.
  • Developing Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology
    This module enables you to reflect on your personal and professional development throughout the course and into the future, to think about your next steps in your chosen forensic-related profession.


  • Cybercrime
    This module considers cybercrime perpetrated against individuals, businesses, organisations and governments; the impacts of such crime; measures taken to manage it; and its detection, investigation and prosecution.
  • Justice: Future Challenges  
    This module will consider two aspects. The first will be knowledge and the second an analytical strategic examination to identify issues for justice in the future.

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
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Course Leader 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
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
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Senior Lecturer View profile
Nigel Lee academic profile Nigel Lee Lecturer View profile
Jenny Josephs academic profile Jenny Josephs 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 features an extensive range of criminology resources, journals and online materials.

Portable crime scene and mock court room, used in the Investigating Crime Scenes, and Forensic Evidence 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 ready for a variety of criminology-related careers, thanks to a range of skills that are desirable by employers. Potential roles include:

  • Probation
  • 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
  • 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 the professional networks of teaching staff, thanks to the course team’s close working relationship with local and national related employers.

Course staff also work closely with Hampshire Constabulary, National Probation Service, Portsmouth Adult Social Care, a Portsmouth drug addiction charity, the National Crime Agency, New Jersey Police Department in the US, and the Office of the Policing Commissioner.

In addition, 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.


You will have the option of undertaking a placement year between level 5 (second year) and level 6 (third year); while you are expected to find your own placement, the course has a dedicated staff member who will work with you and the placement provider.

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