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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 NSS 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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year DDL2
  • 3 Years Standard Entry M930

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Standard Entry L312
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

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.

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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 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: 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

Law and Criminology 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 
  • Criminal Justice Process 
  • Study Skills in Social Sciences  
  • Law, Sentencing, and Punishment 
  • Research Methods 1 
  • Victimology

Year two

Core modules
  • Policing and Society 
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime
  • Youth Justice 
  • Dangerous Offenders 
  • Criminological Research Methods and Skills 2
  • Crime Scene Investigation

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation
  • Global Crime
  • Applying Criminology to Workplace


  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Drugs, Crime and Alcohol
  • Cybercrime
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Justice: Future Challenges 

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
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
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
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.


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!

Further study

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