Criminology student filing evidence

17 January 2023

Get a taste of studying a degree in Criminology at university

Where there's civilisation, there's crime. It's a global concern, both on a local and international scale.

Studying a Criminology degree means looking at the deep lying reasons behind criminal behaviour. What social and psychological factors motivate their actions? What are the effects of crime on people and communities? It means you, tackling one of society's biggest challenges.  

Up to the challenge? Discover the fascinating and complex world of Criminology at our Taster Day, and see why we're leading the way in Criminology studies at Portsmouth.

Booking will open soon

At our Criminology Taster Day, you’ll:

  • Find out what it’s like to study Criminology, Forensic Studies, and Criminal Justice, Criminology with Psychology, Cybercrime and Professional Policing at degree level
  • Be the investigator in discussing and solving a real murder case
  • Pick and choose to watch talks like why people offend, how forensics can save the world's most-trafficked animal, using insects to understand circumstances surrounding death and the world of UK policing
  • Hear from current students about their active learning experiences and their work in simulated learning environments
  • Discover our links to industry and get ready to follow our previous students into graduate jobs in the fields of law enforcement, probation, crime rehabilitation, cybercrime, counter fraud and crime prevention

Taster day programme

Here's what happened at the Criminology Taster Day in January 2022. Booking and details on future programmes will be available soon.

Criminology Taster Day 2022

We're excited to meet you. Check in from 9.30am, grab a refreshment and get ready to learn about studying a degree in Criminology at uni.

Here's our guide to subject taster days, should you want to learn a little more about our taster days before booking.

We'll meet at Portland Building, Portland St, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.

Welcome! Get an intro to the event, life as a student and see what's coming up today.

When you book your place, you'll be able to choose to attend 1 session at 10.30am and 1 session at 11.30am.

*Pick to attend any 1 of the sessions as you book your place.

Criminology and Criminal Justice | A day in the life of someone who offends

Get ready to uncover an in-depth understanding of the offending journey. This talk explores the real-life case of 'Nidge' and his offending journey, including the onset of criminal behaviour, reoffending and eventual movement away from crime.

Criminology and Cybercrime | Tackling extremism and terrorism in the UK

This lecture explores the fascinating and often misunderstood concepts of extremism, violent extremism and terrorism. Together we'll scrutinise the current threats posed by terrorism and violent extremism in the UK, then examine the current policing responses to tackle extremism in the community and some of the challenges associated with it.

Criminology and Forensic Studies | I spy with my little fly

'Did you know, flies can tell us how long someone has been dead at a crime scene? This talk explores how and why we use insects to reveal the secrets in a forensic investigation (please note that this contains sensitive images of animal remains, so viewer discretion is advised).

Criminology with Environmental Justice | Can forensics save the world's most-trafficked mammal?

Around 300 pangolins are illegally poached every day for their meat and scales. However, a breakthrough in forensics means that we might now be able to identify those who are responsible. This lecture introduces you to the problem of wildlife crime and the ways it links to other serious and organised crimes, such as terrorism. We'll then explore the forensic techniques which are now helping wildlife rangers to collect evidence and bring offenders to justice.

Criminology with Psychology | My time in prison: I volunteered to go to prison in Iceland

'For 2 weeks, I lived the life of a prisoner in Iceland's open prisons'. In this talk Professor Francis Pakes shares their psychological experience of living in prison in Iceland, with pictures and radical insights on how to make prisons work better.

Professional Policing | Line of Duty to Reality: An insight into the fascinating world of UK Policing

Immerse yourself into the world of Policing. The lecture explores real cases, the history of policing, a unique insight into how an investigation is managed that includes forensics, media and current racial issues. Let's learn how organised crime filters into the UK and look at comparative racial issues with the US.

The Policing family is growing and now includes Investigators, Forensic Management, Intelligence Analysts, Special Constabulary and Police Community Support Officers. If you'd like to be part of the Police family, or have an interest in crime and Policing, this session's for you.

Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.

*Pick to attend any 1 of the sessions as you book your place.

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will also hurt me

There are some big challenges in policing hate crime. With an estimated 184,000 hate crimes committed in 2017–2018, this session explores the challenges that the police face in responding to this type of crime. We'll look at the difficulties in understanding the concept of hate crime, the previous failings made by police and why this remains an important issue, due to the adverse impact on victims. 

Criminology and Forensic Studies | What lies beneath

An exploration of how forensic archaeology is used in criminal investigations, including homicide, genocide, organised crime, missing persons and cold cases. 

Criminology with Psychology | People go to the pub on a Friday… we go out on the rob

This talk considers the role that burglary plays in experienced burglars' lives. It discusses how we can use virtual reality to discover whether we can consider burglars to be ‘experts’ in their field, and whether this leads to habitual and unconscious offending.

Professional Policing | Is it time to routinely arm all police officers in England and Wales?

The reporting of violent crime is increasing. Assaults on police officers are rising. The public fear of terror attacks is heightening.

Many argue that now is the time to routinely arm all police officers in England and Wales with guns. This session considers the views of both the police and the public, as well as evidence from other countries who have moved to routine arming, to establish whether routine arming would improve or damage British policing beyond repair.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

A body is found

Can you solve the case? Led by a former police detective, this session will talk you through a real murder investigation through the eyes of an investigator, and perhaps challenge your beliefs about who murderers are and why they do it.

This session is available to everyone in attendance.

Closing summary of the day, but the floor is yours to ask your questions – to lecturers and current students.

This could be about different Criminology subjects, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.