Criminology and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
M930
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Have you got an interest in what makes a criminal and how we should respond to crime in society?

Criminology goes hand-in-hand with criminal justice. You can study both of these subjects on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course. You'll learn about key issues in criminal justice, such as the sentencing of offenders or the reputation and responsibilities of police forces, while you develop your understanding of the bodies involved in law enforcement, government, the court system and international agencies.

This course is ideal prep for a career working in police, probation, the prison service, community safety, and third sector roles such as victim support. You'll also set yourself up to do further research into crime prevention and criminology or continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Examine different perspectives on crime
  • Join in lively debates in one of the country’s largest criminology departments and contribute ideas on how we should respond to crime as a society
  • Tailor your studies by choosing the topics that interest you most – topics you can choose include new approaches to policing, contemporary terrorism, hate crime, victimology and wildlife crime
  • Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts
  • Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:

  • Spend a year abroad, studying with an international partner university
  • Learn a new language and get credits towards your degree

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have done placements at organisations such as:

  • Aurora New Dawn
  • Why Me?
  • Answers Investigation

You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, south Asia and North America.

We’ll help you secure a work or study placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to work in the police, probation and prison services in areas such as:

  • community safety
  • crime prevention
  • youth offender teams
  • the Home Office
  • fraud investigation
  • criminological research

Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • emergency planning officer
  • offender case administrator

You could also continue your studies by doing a postgraduate course.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditation

By choosing certain optional units on this course, you can get these professional career-boosting accreditations:

  • Technician (ACFTech) from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board
  • On the Anti-Fraud Strategies unit, you can get professional accreditation as an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board
  • Pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units currently include:

  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Crime and Society
  • Introduction to Psychology for Criminologists
  • Skills for Criminologists
  • Researching Criminology 1

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units currently include:

  • Questioning Criminology
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Researching Criminology 2

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Penology and Prison
  • Community Justice
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Police Law and Community
  • Hate Crime
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience (Faculty-Wide Option)

Core units currently include:

  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Criminologies

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Psychology of Investigations
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Gender and Crime
  • Professional Skills in Criminal Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Murder Investigation
  • Environmental Justice
  • Money Laundering

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group discussions
  • practical workshops

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 79% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 11% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 89% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • a dissertation or major project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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:

  • Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework
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    How to apply

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M930
    • our institution code – P80

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    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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