Criminology and Cybercrime BSc (Hons)

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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 2019

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.

What you'll experience

On this 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 technology
  • Tailor the course to meet your interests, by studying topics that match your career aspirations
  • Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts, and interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:

  • Get professional counter-fraud qualifications during your studies
  • Get relevant experience for your future career in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
  • Meet potential employers during work placements

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.

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.

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.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. You'll also get support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Professional accreditation

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

You can also do a short course to get professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) and Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS). (You may need to pay a fee for this.)

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 in this year include:

  • Skills for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyberspace, Subcultures and Online Deviance
  • Researching Criminology 1

You'll also study one of the following units:

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

Core units in this year include:

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

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

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

Core units in this year include:

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

Options to choose from in this year currently 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

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 and 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
  • 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 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

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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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