A prisoner in an orange jumpsuit resting on a bunk in a cell with a book. BSc Hons Criminology with Psychology.
UCAS Code
M9C8
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 2022

Overview

When you work with criminals and their victims, the ability to understand people's emotions, thoughts and actions is vital. This combined BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree gives you a deep understanding of criminal behaviour, for a competitive edge in your career.

You'll explore why people commit crimes, the psychological fallout, and how rehabilitation works. Studying in one of the UK's largest criminology departments, your diverse options will also include specialist subjects such as forensic psychology.

Course highlights

  • Tailor your degree for a career path that fits your ambitions – from policing to probation, prisons to rehabilitation
  • Be taught by experts, including forensic psychologists and criminologists, whose ground-breaking research keeps your modules relevant and eye-opening
  • Develop practical skills, such as lie detection and effective interviewing, in our Forensic Interviewing Suite, founded by a researcher who works with emergency services to develop better ways of interviewing witnesses
  • Explore how virtual reality can make a difference to understanding criminal behaviour, inspired by innovative VR research at the University of Portsmouth
  • Enjoy a sense of community with your peers, on course-specific socials and field trips – recent examples include visits to courtrooms and Bethlem Museum of the Mind, on the grounds of the infamous 'Bedlam' Hospital
  • If you’re interested in policing, probation work or community justice, you can choose modules that give you pre-entry qualifications for a career in those fields
  • Make the most of our links with agencies such as youth offender teams, the probation service and prisons, to build your network of potential employers
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree entry requirements

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.

Your facilities

Forensic interviewing equipment

Centre of Forensic Interviewing

This is where researchers explore and develop new techniques. Professionals train in interviewing and investigation. And you’ll develop specialist skills.

Learn more

VR headset, controller, and keyboard

Virtual Reality (VR) Lab

Use immersive VR technologies to explore new ways of learning about criminal activities – from tracking eye movement to identifying unconscious behaviour.

Explore VR Lab

Careers and opportunities

By studying aspects of two different but related disciplines – psychology and criminology – you’ll open yourself to a wide range of career options. You’ll be a natural fit for roles relating to work with offenders or victims of crime. Both are areas where there will likely always be a demand for skilled professionals.

The psychology aspects of your studies will broaden your career options. Your understanding of the human mind and behaviour could lead you to specialist jobs, such as forensic psychology (with further training). Knowledge of psychology can also be an asset in a diverse range of roles outside of criminal justice - from market research to human resources. With transferable skills in communications, critical thinking and analysis on your CV, you’ll be a very employable graduate.

What areas can you work in with a criminology with psychology degree?

Organisations you could work for include:

  • the police force
  • the probation service
  • the prison service
  • academic research
  • victim and offender support charities

What jobs can you do with a criminology with psychology degree?

Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • defence and security analyst
  • probation officer
  • counter fraud intelligence analyst
  • youth offending support officer
  • offender case administrator

Ongoing careers support

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Placement year (optional)

After your second year of study, you can choose to do a paid work placement year in a criminal justice organisation, either in the UK or overseas. This lets you put your new skills to work while developing valuable links with employers.

It's fantastic for your CV and will really help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.

We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. With mentoring and support throughout your placement, you’ll have our support to get the most from the experience.

The best parts about undertaking a placement were being able to apply my learning in a professional environment, being able to work with those within the field I aspired to be in upon finishing my degree, and having the chance to gain more insight. I returned to University with more experience, motivation to complete my degree and gained more understanding within my course.

Marcia Tanyanyiwa, Criminology with Psychology student

Potential destinations

Previous placement destinations have included:

  • a forensic psychology team
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Aurora New Dawn, a charity supporting survivors of domestic abuse
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Cabinet Office
  • Penal Reform Solutions, which supports rehabilitation in prisons, probation and correctional services
  • Circles UK, which supports the reintegration of sex offenders in the community

Study abroad

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

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology 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

Year 1
Year 2
Optional placement year
Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Criminal Justice – 20 credits
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists – 40 credits
  • Introduction to Social Psychology – 20 credits
  • Psychology for Criminologists – 20 credits
  • Understanding Criminology – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Psychological Science – 20 credits
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice – 20 credits
  • Questioning Criminology – 20 credits
  • Researching Criminology – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Community Justice – 20 credits
  • Crimes of the Powerful – 20 credits
  • Cultural Criminology – 20 credits
  • Danger! Censorship, Power and the People – 20 credits
  • Forensic Developmental Psychology – 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation – 20 credits
  • Gang Crime – 20 credits
  • Global Environmental Justice – 20 credits
  • Global, State and Corporate Security – 20 credits
  • Hate Crime – 20 credits
  • ICJS 60 Credit Study Abroad Programme – 60 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • Penology and Prison – 20 credits
  • Policing and Society – 20 credits
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation – 20 credits
  • Psychology and Security – 20 credits
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World – 20 credits
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900 – 20 credits
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice – 20 credits
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response – 20 credits
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice – 20 credits

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.

Placement options in this year include:

  • ICJS Study Abroad Year – 120 credits
  • Work Placement Year – 120 credits

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project – 40 credits
  • Psychology in the Community – 20 credits
  • Psychology of Criminal Conduct – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Black Criminology, Race and the Criminal Justice System – 20 credits
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response – 20 credits
  • Crime and New Technologies: Theory And Practice – 20 credits
  • Critical Penal Studies – 20 credits
  • Cyberpsychology – 20 credits
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection – 20 credits
  • Economic Crime and Fraud Examination – 20 credits
  • Forensic Psychology and Mental Health – 20 credits
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation – 20 credits
  • Gender and Crime – 20 credits
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice – 20 credits
  • Information Security Management – 20 credits
  • Intelligence Analysis – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • Miscarriages of Justice – 20 credits
  • Money Laundering and Compliance – 20 credits
  • Policing: Law, Policy and Practice – 20 credits
  • Policing:communities, Intelligence and Information – 20 credits
  • Political Extremism – 20 credits
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime – 20 credits
  • State Crime – 20 credits
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders – 20 credits

The lecturers have a wealth of experience and knowledge in both areas of study.

Vanessa Williams, BSc Hons Criminology with Psychology student

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.

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're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • 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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 59% by coursework

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.

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 with Psychology 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 dates

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

See term dates

Supporting your learning

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 to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

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.

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

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.


Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1-2-1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

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.

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 (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 a year (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 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – M9C8
  • 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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