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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 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2020/21 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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 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 Law and Criminology 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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:

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Placement year 4 years Apply

Law and Criminology Foundation Year route:

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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 units
  • Explaining Criminal Behaviour
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Study Skills in Social Sciences
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Victimology

Year two

Core units
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime
  • Psychological Research
  • Dangerous Offenders  
  • The Social Individual
  • Crime Scene Investigation 

Year three

Core units
  • Applied Psychology Research Project 
  • Global Crime 
  • Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Developing Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology

Options

  • Cybercrime
  • Justice: Future Challenges  

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

Meet the course team

Simon Fox academic profile Simon Fox Head of Subject View profile
Magdalini Pipini academic profile Magdalini Pipini 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
Pamela Pourzanjani academic profile Pamela Pourzanjani Senior Lecturer View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Senior Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Senior Lecturer View profile
Nigel Lee academic profile Nigel Lee Lecturer View profile
Dr Richard John academic profile Richard John Lecturer View profile
Jenny Josephs academic profile Jenny Josephs Lecturer View profile
Brian Wink academic profile Brian Wink Associate Professor View profile
Des Thomas academic profile Des Thomas Associate Lecturer 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.

Facilities

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.

Placements

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.

Further study

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