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BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Cybercrime

Combine traditional criminology with the study of cybercrime and digital investigation

L311UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

This is a unique course that combines traditional criminology theory with the study of cybercrime, allowing you to explore contemporary areas such as the Dark Web, illegal file sharing and hacking. This exciting curriculum examines the challenges faced by criminal justice agencies, businesses and governments in conducting digital investigations and the far reaching impact of these crimes.

With a range of both theoretical and practical units; delivered by expert practitioners and researchers, you will be able to balance your core study with specialised options including cyber bullying, terrorism and digital forensics.  You will also have the chance to benefit from practical experience working with the local community in our Cybercrime Awareness Clinic delivered in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary.  This will allow you to prepare for an increasingly popular and demanding job market or further study.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Engage with and evaluate current critical debates surrounding the causes of crime, digital investigations and the methods and motivations of cyber criminals.
  • Choose specialist study options according to your particular interests
  • Have the opportunity to complete a work placement year with a relevant organisation including the Digital Forensic Group at Hampshire Constabulary.
  • Discuss career options with our panel of recent graduates working in the criminal justice sector

What opportunities might it lead to?

Upon graduation you can expect to be qualified for a broad range of careers where your criminological knowledge and cybercrime awareness will be imperative.  You will be able to pursue a variety of employment opportunities within criminal justice agencies, local government, businesses and charities as well as an increasing number of private and public industries.  You will also be able to undertake postgraduate study in cybercrime from a legal, technical or investigatory perspective. 

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Key Facts

Course starts September 2018

Duration
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A LEVELS
96-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

Fees

TBC

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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Subject:

Law and criminology

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Year one

Core units in this year include:

  • Skills for Criminologists
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Cyberspace, Subcultures and Online Deviance
  • Researching Criminology 1
  • Either:
    • Digital Forensics and Cybercrime
    • Digital Forensics: Art or Science? (requires prior knowledge of programming / technology)

Year two

Core units in this year include:

  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology 2
  • Cyberlaw, Governance and Human Rights

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Cybercrime Clinic (practice-based unit)
  • Penology and Prison
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Learning from Experience
  • The Dark Web: Threats and Responses
  • Crime and the Media
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Victims of Crime
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response

If you have studied 'Digital Forensics: Art or Science?' in year 1, you may also select options from:

  • Forensics Fundamentals
  • Forensics Investigations

Year three*

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • Cybersecurity
  • Crime and New Technologies: theory and practice

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Hate Crime
  • Management of Forensic Investigations
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Gender and Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

*Options are subject to availability or change.

Placement year

You will have the chance to do a sandwich year as a study or placement year.


Teaching and assessment

Our teaching approach involves lectures, seminars, tutorials, groups discussion, 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 dissertations supervision in year three. (This may involve primary research, practical or lab based projects in any element of criminal justice, investigation and cybercrime).

The teaching will employ new technologies in order to make the experience more interactive and relevant.  You will also have access to software, web based learning materials and virtual learning environments, which will enhance your educational experience.

How are you assessed?

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.

Professional accreditation

Through their studies students can also gain professional accreditation that will directly assist them in the development of their employability prospects. For example:

  • in undertaking the Optional unit Police, Law and Community, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the College of Policing with the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (exempting them from parts of police training), subject to any additional requirements set down by the College of Policing.
  • in undertaking the Optional unit The Fraud Problem, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech), subject to additional requirements set down by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board
  • in undertaking the Optional unit Anti-Fraud Strategies, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), subject to additional requirements set down by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.

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ICJS

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.

Professional Links

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.

University Library

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.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
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.

General costs:
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.

Other costs to consider

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.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

This course combines criminology and cybercrime so can offer multiple opportunities for employment, both in terms of traditional criminology routes and in jobs that relate to the specialised knowledge acquired during the study of the course.

Roles you could take as a graduate include working:

  • for the police in specialised cybercrime/digital forensics related units
  • for public organisations as policy advisors
  • in the prison system
  • for private security firms and consultancies
  • for private auditing/digital investigations companies

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

The course provides opportunities for a work placement with a relevant organisation.

Multiple opportunities will be sought for such placements This will include the High Tech Crime Unit of Hampshire Constabulary, which has agreed to provide such an opportunity for students of this course due to the ongoing collaboration with the Institute and the University.

These opportunities can carry credit as part of the Learning From Experience unit or via additional placement year as part of the four year sandwich degree option.

Career planning

Career planning
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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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