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About the course

Develop advanced skills and professional practice on this contemporary criminology degree, opening a variety of professional employment avenues within criminology and criminal justice.

BA (Hons) Criminology scored 91% overall student satisfaction for the National Student Survey 2020.

The course is informed by and regularly updated to incorporate current industry thinking, thanks to lecturing staff with strong connections and ongoing practice within the sector – ensuring what you study is current, relevant and practically linked to real-world developments and issues.

And we are proud to offer a wide range of expert guest speakers to enhance your learning and offer a network of employment opportunities. You can also take advantage of visits to real-world criminology and criminal justice organisations, both locally and internationally – giving your studies an enhanced international perspective.

You’ll learn to work as part of a professional team, exploring media representations of social problems and the effect of modern communications technology on the processes of justice.

You will also develop a range of transferable interpersonal and verbal communication skills – essential for any professional role, in any industry – through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews and group work.

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
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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

A strong mentoring support network that has led directly to employment for students, and extended beyond employment, into pastoral and welfare care.

What does this course lead to?

Solent criminology graduates will be well placed for a huge range of careers in criminology and criminal justice, from probation and policing services to charity and social service work with offenders and young people.

Who is this course for?

If you’re looking for a career path in criminology or a similar professional/voluntary capacity, this is the course for you.

You will develop analytical and research skills that can be transferred to a broad range of careers, not only in criminology-related fields but also within the wider justice and voluntary sector. And you will also be able to make valuable industry connections through site visits, guest speakers and the range of lecturing staff, who remain credible in their research and practitioner status with industry.

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.
  • Alternative entry to 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 through 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.
  • Criminal Justice Process 
    This module will introduce you to the main stages and actors of the criminal justice process and the major theoretical and analytical approaches that inform the function and operation of the criminal justice process.
  • 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.
  • Law, Sentencing, and Punishment 
    This module introduces you to aspects of substantive criminal law and the state’s (sometimes futile) efforts to capture the essence of crime and punishment in the black letter of the law.        
  • Research Methods 1 
    This module will cover how to select a sample for your research, how to frame a question, how to critique other research studies, ethics and how it all fits together to provide a credible study of research and new knowledge.
  • 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
  • Policing and Society 
    Through this module you will appreciate the historical development of the police and formulate an evidence-based appreciation of the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  • 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.
  • Youth Justice 
    This module provides you with a critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives underpinning the policy and practice of the Youth Justice system in England and Wales.
  • 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.
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 2
    On this module you’ll learn about quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysing criminology information. Considering who/what the information relates to, how the information is obtained, what information is collected, how information is investigated and how it’s presented.
  • 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. 

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation
    This module will enable you to explore a subject, which you find intrinsically interesting, in significant depth and detail. You will develop your skills as critical and reflective learners capable of assimilating, evaluating and articulating relevant knowledge.
  • Global Crime
    This module explores how perceptions of the nature and extent of crime have expanded and diversified in a globalized world.
  • Applying Criminology to Workplace
    In this module, you will apply criminological understanding to the key criminal justice sector employment areas of crime prevention and reduction.


  • Terrorism and Political Violence
    This module will assess the nature of contemporary “terrorism” by examining definitional disputes and motivational dynamics. 
  • Drugs, Crime and Alcohol
    Through this module you will navigate through this complex arena considering health implications, crime, addiction, government strategies, the charity/police and health sectors.
  • 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 considers forward thinking challenges to Justice on both a local and global level. It makes an important contribution to your strategic thinking, using knowledge and an ability to see the changing landscape of justice and all the connected aspects.

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
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
Dr Mark Farwell academic profile Mark Farwell Senior Lecturer View profile
Nigel Lee academic profile Nigel Lee Lecturer View profile
Rebecca Maina academic profile Rebecca Maina Lecturer View profile
Dr Amy Duvenage academic profile Amy Duvenage 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.


Students have access to our Mountbatten library, with an extensive range of criminology resources, journals and online materials.

You'll also be able to use out portable crime scene and mock court room, in the Investigating Crime Scenes, and Forensic Evidence modules.


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

Your future

Students from this course will be developed and prepared for a variety of criminology related careers. The course is aligned to many professional roles and skills that are desirable by employers.

The course will prepare the student to think critically, analyse large complex pieces of information or texts to make a coherent balanced argument.

With the skills gained through the degree and support of the academic staff, students will be suitable for roles that include:

  • Probation
  • Third sector organisations, supporting victims, or working with addiction
  • Forensic crime scene investigator
  • Security services
  • Social services
  • 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

Connections to the industry are made through several avenues, including guest speakers and the professional connections of teaching staff. The course also has a close working relationship with relevant local and national employers, such as Hampshire Constabulary, National Probation Service, Portsmouth Adult Social Care, Portsmouth drug addiction charity, National Crime Agency, New Jersey Police Department and the Office of the Policing Commissioning.

Past guest speakers have included professionals who work within public health, police, probation, cybersecurity, military, charity sector and victims support services.

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.

Staff members mentor students within a learning environment to enhance their development and towards employment within their chosen sector; students have gained relevant employment through effective mentorship, including with probation services and Hampshire Police.  


An optional placement year is available between the second (level 5) and third (level 6) years. You will be expected to find your own placement, but course staff will be able to work with you in finding a suitable placement, and you will have regular staff contact throughout the placement. 

Graduate stories

Francesca's story

Francesca Hemsley - Local Fielding Police Officer

Units within criminology have specifically helped me gain a job after graduation. I was one of those students who never thought that unit work would directly help me after university, but I got proven wrong.

One specific unit that has helped me the most was Police, Law and Community. PLC has helped me gain a job within the Thames Valley Police. During the unit in final year you learn the practical side of policing, the legal side of policing (this includes powers to search, arrest and entry), crime reduction and prevention.

Another important area that has helped throughout PLC was the assessment that is 'competency based applications and interview'. This unit is the most important to attend as it is used throughout the criminal justice sector's interview process after university, not just the police. You may already be good at interviews but after this assessment you will be confident in attending any interview.

The area that was the most significant to me was crime reduction and prevention. This is one of the final presentations you will have to devise during your last weeks of university. It is a hands on presentation and quite frankly, the more work you do the better grade you will get! You will be using the website to analyse different areas around Southampton that are key crime spots and compose a project on the analysis of information that you have found. Its a chance to stand out and use all of the areas of criminology that you have studied over the past three years, from the less exciting theories to the more exciting ideas that you have that could reduce crime!

This unit has significantly helped me gain a job after university. I kept all my work from the PLC unit and presented it to Thames Valley Police in my interview to be a Policing Field Officer (someone who helps reduce crime and prioritise police attention to different areas).  The information that I had gained from this unit gave me the job over people who have been working within the Thames Valley Policing community for 15 years! I was a new graduate with hardly any experience in the criminal justice sector but because I had this unit under my belt, they valued this more than any other experience.

Its also a fun unit to learn, you learn a lot!

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