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Explore Criminology degrees at our Taster day

Civilisation and crime go hand-in-hand. It's a global and local concern, and the world is looking for individuals passionate about tackling and preventing crime.

Our Criminology degrees open up a world beyond crime theory, as you can get hands-on with the justice of crimes, what psychological factors motivate criminals, the forensics behind a crime scene, routes in to police investigation and the realm of cyber criminals.

This year's Taster took place in March 2024. New dates and bookings will open soon.

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At our Criminology Taster Day you’ll:

  • Pick the areas you want to find out more about; from Cybercrime and Professional Policing to the Psychology of crime and Forensic investigations

  • Be the investigator in discussing and helping solve a real murder case

  • Speak to people who have first-hand experience of a prison and discover how insects are used to predict times of death
  • Uncover routes into the world of Policing in England and Wales
  • Discover career pathways in criminology; from law enforcement, probation, crime rehabilitation and prevention
  • Chat to current students about life as a student at Portsmouth and the areas of Criminology they study
  • Discover how Forensic students are able to get hands-on with replica crime scenes on their degree

Taster Day programme

Here's what happened at the Criminology Taster day in March 2024.


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 Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.

Welcome! Get an intro to your taster day, find out the different pathways you can explore and see where your future could lead to with a degree in Criminology.

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

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Women's Lives Matter

Explore the resilience and strength of Yazidi women who have triumphed over unimaginable adversity and journey through the lived experiences of women who have endured gender-based violence under the so-called Islamic state.

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.

Criminology and Forensic Studies | Off the scale

399 pangolins are illegally poached every single day - however, following a forensic breakthrough, we might now be able to identify those responsible. Explore the issue of wildlife crime, how it links to terrorism and the forensic techniques used to bring offenders to justice.

Criminology and Cybercrime | Cyber Deception

Cybercriminals are breaching computer networks on a daily basis to random your data. Discover how we can deceive these network intruders and the use of deceptive honeypots to protect your information.

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

Immerse yourself into the world of Policing; you'll uncover real cases, the history of policing and a unique insight into how investigations are managed from handling forensics to handling the media.

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 | How social media influencers peddling counterfeit products

Counterfeit products injure and kill hundreds of thousands of people across the world. Discover how today's online influencers have made social media a booming market for counterfeit goods.

Criminology with Psychology | Let Them Be Heard

How can we gather accurate information at the scene of a terror attack? What are the best ways to interview vulnerable groups? Investigative interviewing lies at the heart of every criminal investigation and grow your investigator's tool-box by delving into 25 years of research that has reshaped how interviews are conducted.

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? Explore 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 and Cybercrime | From Geeks to Cybermafia: A history of hacking

Explore the birth of the hacking movement in universities and its development in the past decades. See how the hacker movement has evolved in the last 30 years to include a worldwide community of innovators and activists, but also organised groups using the Darkweb.

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

Can you solve the case? Led by a real Crime Scene Investigator, this session will talk you through a 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.

Please note: This session may contain trigger warnings and includes details of a real life case-study. Names have been changed to protect identities where required.

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.