Figure in skull mask committing cybercrime
UCAS Code
L311
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 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2021 complete this short form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open 10.00am–4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am–4.00pm on Fridays. The hotline is open from 8.30am–8.00pm on A level results day on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Overview

In the digital age, crime is becoming more complex and diverse with the internet creating new types of crime and reinventing old ones.

If you’re interested in fighting cybercrime, this combined course – the first of its kind in the UK – covers traditional criminology theory while exploring modern issues like cyber-security, online terrorism and digital forensics. You'll examine the methods and motivations of cybercriminals and learn first hand about the challenges of digital investigations.

After the course, you'll be ready to take on roles in criminal justice agencies, local government, and private and public industries.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

No. 17 in the UK for Criminology courses (The Guardian University Guide, 2021)

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this Criminology and Cybercrime degree course, you'll:

  • Examine criminology and cybercrime at one of the largest criminology departments in the country
  • Practise modern digital investigative techniques and develop transferable skills in analysis, research and using new technologies
  • Tailor the course to meet your interests, by studying topics that match your career aspirations
  • Learn from cybercrime, criminology, probation and policing experts, and interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:

  • Get relevant practical experience for your future career in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Cybercrime Awareness Clinic - a winning project in the National Cyber Awards 2020, sponsored by the National Police Chief's Council.
  • Meet potential employers during work placements
Holly Foxcroft, Criminology and Cybercrime student

I chose this course as the cybercrime landscape is, unfortunately, expanding exponentially. The course looks to address the potential motives of a cyber criminal as well as a strong focus on the methods used to commit a cyber crime – the bridge between the technical and human side of cyber! Portsmouth University are leading the way in the future of criminology offering a course dedicated to crimes in the digital age.

Holly Foxcroft, BSc Hons Criminology and Cybercrime student

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime units in police or private organisations. You could work in areas such as:

  • crime prevention
  • criminological research
  • intelligence analysis
  • digital investigations
  • security consultancy

You could also work in the prison system or do postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.

Professional recognition 

By choosing certain optional modules on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

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 and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

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 field.

Previous students have secured placement positions at organisations such as the Hampshire Constabulary High Tech Crime Unit.

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

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

This course combines traditional criminology with an innovative look into information technologies and the future of crime and policing. It offers exciting new modules on cybercrime, the darkweb and digital investigations as well as real-life experience through participation in the cybercrime awareness clinic and interaction with practitioners. Join us into bridging the past with the future of criminology.

Dr Vasileios Karagiannapoulos, Course Leader

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree

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

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core units in this year include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyberspace, Subcultures and Online Deviance
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology

You'll also study one of the following units:

  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing (requires prior knowledge of programming/technology)
  • Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations

Core units in this year include:

  • Cyberlaw: Governance And Human Rights
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Community Justice
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Cybercrime Clinic
  • Forensics Fundamentals *
  • Forensics Investigations *
  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Gang Crime
  • Global Environmental Justice
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Learning From Experience
  • Modern Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
  • Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare
  • Penology and Prison
  • Policing and Society
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Psychology and Security
  • The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance and Punishment in Britain, 1500–1900
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

*  only available if you have studied the L4 module above on cybersecurity and forensic computing

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core units in this year include:

  • Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice
  • Dissertation / Major Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Crime and New Technologies: Theory and Practice
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Economic Crime and Fraud Examination
  • Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Gender and Crime
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Information Security Management
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction To Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Policing: Law, Policy and Practice
  • Policing:Communities, Intelligence and Information
  • Political Extremism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime
  • State Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • dissertation

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 modules 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

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BSc Hons Criminology and Cybercrime degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – early October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

Learning development tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year. This fee may be subject to annual increase
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including our Transition Scholarship). This fee may be subject to annual increase
  • International students – £15,500 a year. This fee may be subject to annual increase

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L311
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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