This course offers you an exciting opportunity to combine the study of criminology with key issues and debates in criminal justice and the multi-agency approach to crime and the changing nature of offences. You will have the opportunity to study a range of topics which include, new approaches to policing, contemporary terrorism, offending behaviour, victimology and wildlife crime. Our modern curriculum is delivered by a range of experts in criminology, sociology, probation and policing and you will also have the chance to interact with practitioners drawn from a range of criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations.
On this course you can:
Upon graduating you will be well equipped to embark upon a diverse range of career choices within policing, criminal justice agencies, crime analysis, probation, the courts and prison service, research, charitable organisations and private industry. You will also be able to undertake postgraduate study in a range of subjects depending on your specialist interests.
I chose to study here as the Institute of Criminal Justice has a high reputation and provided the best learning experience for me.
Sian Rowe, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice student 2013
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Study of Languages (0 credits) - which if combined with Year 2 Languages Study, leads to a Certificate.
Year-long language option for credit which, if combined with Year 1 Languages Study, leads to a Certificate.
During your time at the Institute of Criminal Justice Justice studies, you will be actively encouraged to develop your language skills, to develop your international and comparative subject expertise, and to consider Study Abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, South Asia or North America.
We currently have 3 European Union partnerships, plus 2 outside of Europe in Canada and South Korea. All our Study Abroad opportunities are for a full academic year – operating as a "sandwich year" at year three of a four year degree.
Our teaching approach involves lectures, seminars, tutorials, group discussions, practical workshops and forensic crime scene examinations. We'll teach you the skills necessary for degree-level work through study skills tutorials in year one and two, and focus on dissertation supervision in year three. You will have access to software and web-based learning materials, which will enhance your educational experience.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, practical crime scene assessments and examinations. These include open, pre-seen papers and closed traditional examinations. Coursework involves seminar papers, presentations, group projects and a 10,000-word dissertation. Full support is given to help you develop the necessary techniques.
Through their studies students can also gain professional accreditation that will directly assist them in the development of their employability prospects. For example:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Dr Nick Pamment
Criminology and Criminal Justice
This is a fascinating course enabling you to study all aspects of criminology and criminal justice. Supported by highly-experienced academic staff and innovative teaching methods, this degree has a strong record of student satisfaction, achievement and employability.
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The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since grown to comprise 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students. Now an internationally-renowned focal point for the multidisciplinary study of crime and criminal justice processes, it draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk and security.
Our extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies ensure that our courses reflect the changing needs of the profession. You may benefit from these links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being helped to find professional work placements.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
For placements abroad, you will be required to pay for additional costs. These will vary depending on the placement and length of stay, ranging from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence.
You can expect to work within the police, probation and prison services, in the fields of community safety, crime prevention and criminological research, or the forensic science services.
Our graduates have gone on to jobs as:
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work/research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, reflect on the ways in which you've done so, as well as learn to express this to potential employers.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
You’ll also be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
Booking for Open Days for 2019 entry opens soon. Register your interest and we'll let you know when priority booking opens.