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About the course

This unique course explores issues concerning the definition, nature and incidence of crime, and looks to use academic theory to find explanations for criminal behaviour. You’ll be given the opportunity to engage in debates on the nature of justice, examine a range of perspectives on areas like policing, investigation, prosecution and punishment, and consider the effectiveness, fairness and consequences of various institutional approaches to crime.

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 years have seen students embark on a range of national and international study trips. These trips enabled students to visit local criminal justice facilities including the Old Bailey and the Houses of Parliament, as well as international sites of interest like the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, USA.

This programme also encourages students to develop a range of transferable interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews and group work. These competencies are valued in a wide range of industries. 

Southampton Solent University’s criminology degree can help you to better understand the experience of crime victims, media representations of social problems and the effect of modern communications technology on the processes of law. This knowledge will position you well to pursue either further study or graduate employment.

Placement year Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement January start available Further studies

Past students have benefitted from various study trips, including an international excursion to Washington DC, USA.

What does this course lead to?

Whether you are working in the public or private sector, a career in criminal justice offers the chance to engage with some of the most challenging and fulfilling aspects of life in the twenty-first century.

You can make a real difference to someone’s quality of living, enhance community experience, be at the very cutting edge of technology and contribute to global developments.

Working as a cyber-security consultant, or with those suffering from addiction, helping the disadvantaged, or those deemed ‘dangerous’ or undesirable, you can have a perceptible impact on our society.

Who is this course for?

This course is well suited to students who are keen to study criminality, criminal justice, social issues and policing.

Graduates are well prepared for positions in the criminal justice sector, social care, mental health and community safety.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) XV16
  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year DDL2
  • 3 Years Standard Entry M930

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry L312
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year L319
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) L333
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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:
UK and EU placement year fee: £1,385
International placement year fee: £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 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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
  • Society and Social Change
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 1
  • Criminal Processes and Responsibility
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Power, Politics and Policy
  • Key Perspectives in Criminology

Year two

Core units
  • Policing, Politics and Social Control
  • Contemporary Debates in Crime, Culture and Society
  • Crime Scene to Court: Criminal Evidence and Procedure
  • Critical Issues and Professional Practice in Criminal Justice
  • 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


  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Dangerous Offenders
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Security, Public Order and the State
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Leadership and Management in Investigation and Policing
  • Crime, Risk, Community Safety
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Crime
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • The Bloody Code: Control and Punishment
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Police, Law, Community
  • 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

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
Nigel Brearley academic profile Nigel Brearley Principal Lecturer View profile
Des Thomas academic profile Des Thomas 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.


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.


The course’s curriculum has been designed in collaboration with Southampton Solent University’s industry partners. This helps to ensure that the course content meets the needs of employers.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:
  • Police 
  • Youth offending teams 
  • Probation
  • Customs and excise
  • Crime analyst
  • Crime scene investigator 
  • Fraud investigation.


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Industry links

Your course team has extensive criminal justice experience and ties to the professional world, giving you many opportunities to obtain work experience in criminal justice and related areas, including voluntary or temporary paid work, work shadowing and internships.

This external support has allowed the teaching team to design (and sometimes deliver) the course curriculum in collaboration with industry experts and criminal justice practitioners. Partner organisations include the Association of Chief Police Officers, Southampton City Council, Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, and several criminal justice-related charities.

You’ll also have access to a programme of regular guest lectures from a wide range of criminal justice professionals, giving detailed insight into the criminal justice system and careers in the field – this includes the police, courts, prisons, probation service, victims, youth justice services and cyber security.



Previous internships and work placements have included the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, the prison service and private companies such as Criminal Justice Solutions, as well as positions on criminal justice groups 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

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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