Criminology with Psychology BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Criminology with Psychology
Understand the mind of offenders, victims and witnesses, and learn about the theories of crime and criminality on this combined BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree course.
You’ll get a foundation in the psychology of crime, and enhance your studies by exploring the causes of offending behaviour, responses to crime, and how rehabilitation works.
This course prepares you for a career in areas such as the prison or probation service, criminal justice agencies and victim support.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Study in one of the largest criminology departments in the UK, with teaching drawn from the latest research in criminology and psychology
- Tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions, and hear from recent graduates who are working in the field
- Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations
- Get out of the classroom by using our forensic interviewing facilities
- Make the most of our networks with agencies such as youth offender teams, the probation service, prisons, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.
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.
At the end of your second year you can do an optional placement year. This gives you experience in the field, helping to boost your skills and career prospects with real world experience.
Placements previous students have secured include positions at organisations such as:
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Harrow Council
- Hampshire Constabulary
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
This course opens up career opportunities in areas related to psychology and criminology. Organisations you could work in include:
- the police force
- the probation service
- the prison service
- academic research
- victim and offender support charities
You could also work in third sector organisations and charities that work towards improving the lives of those in or leaving the criminal justice system.
Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:
- investigative data analyst
- police officer
- probation officer
- youth offending support officer
- offender case administrator
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.
You can do a short course alongside your degree 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.)
By choosing certain optional units on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,200 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.
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.
- Researching Criminology 1
- Skills for Criminologists
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Psychology for Criminologists
- Understanding Criminology
- Study of Languages (0 credits), which if combined with Year 2 Languages Study, leads to a certificate
- Researching Criminology 2
- Questioning Criminology
- Psychological Science
- Psychology and Criminal Justice
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Learning from Experience (Faculty Wide Option)
- Policing a Diverse Society
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
- Criminal Investigation
- Penology and Prison
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Responses
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
- Community Justice
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice
- Introduction to Teaching
- Year-long language option for credit which, if combined with Year 1 Languages Study, leads to a certificate
Psychology units you can choose in this year currently include:
- Psychology of Investigations
- Psychology of Security
- Psychology of Criminal Conduct
- Trauma, Memory and Law
Criminology units you can choose in this year currently include:
- Hate Crime
- Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
- Contemporary Criminologies
- Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
- Forensic Psychology of Investigations
- Gender and Crime
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
- Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Professional Skills in Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice Clinic
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.
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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- 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. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
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: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 78% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 81% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 13% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 87% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- group projects
- a 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:
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.
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 – M9C8
- our institution code – P80
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