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BA (Hons)Criminology

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UCAS code: M930
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a criminology degree at Solent University

If you are curious about crime and justice with ambitions to shape society, this degree opens career opportunities in a range of roles across prisons and court services, policing, or investigation.

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  • 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.
  • You will be taught by experts with extensive links with local and national employers, such as Hampshire Constabulary, the National Probation Service, the National Crime Agency and various international organisations.
  • Guest speakers include professionals who work within the police, the probation service, cybersecurity and the military.
  • You will use our portable crime scene and courtroom during the Investigating Crime Scenes and Forensic Evidence modules.
  • Benefit from a strong mentoring support network that has led directly to employment for students, and extended beyond employment, into pastoral and welfare care.
  • Our portfolio of social and policy research is rich and diverse, with some of the most pressing societal concerns at the forefront of exploration - you will learn from experts in their field.
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Course overview

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

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 a range of social problems, and their representations and consequences, as well as the impact 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.

Any questions?

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Course features

  • 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

  • Foundation year available

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

  • Further studies

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

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

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.

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.

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

Meet the team

The course team have had extensive experience of the criminal justice system and its related disciplines, providing students with personal insights gained through first-hand experience. 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.

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, in the Investigating Crime Scenes, and Forensic Evidence modules.

You'll also find an extensive range of criminology resources, journals and online materials in the Solent Library.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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