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BSc (Hons)Criminology and Psychology

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UCAS code: CAP1
Institution code: S30
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Why study a criminology and psychology degree at Solent University

Explore the world of crime and get behind the psychology of criminology and social justice, on this BPS Accredited degree.

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  • 0st
    out of 81 UK institutions for criminology (Guardian League Table 2023)
  • Top0
    in the UK for freedom of expression for psychology studies (NSS 2023)
  • The course is designed, taught and assessed in partnership with social work practitioners, service users, and carers, ensuring you are up to date with the latest developments in the field. 
  • Students have access to the Solent Library, with an extensive range of criminology resources, journals and online materials. You will also be able to use our portable crime scene and mock courtroom, in the Investigating Crime Scenes, and Forensic Evidence modules.
  • Benefit from a strong mentoring support network which in the past has led directly to employment for students, and extended beyond employment, into pastoral and welfare care.
  • This course offers lecturing staff who are current within the industry and have strong industry connections that offer employment opportunities.
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Course overview

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.

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Accredited by:

The British Psychological Society - accredited undergraduate psychology

Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    Undergraduate psychology students have exclusive use of specialist facilities.

  • Placement year

    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

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

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.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this degree would be suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology.

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.

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Meet the team

Students are taught by an experienced and supportive teaching team with a wide range of academic experience and professional expertise (applied, teaching and research).

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.


Students have access to our portable crime scene and mock courtroom. You'll also find an extensive range of criminology resources, journals and online materials in the Solent Library.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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