Mode of StudyFull-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start dateSeptember 2023
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.
- 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
The module Economic Crime and Fraud Examination is recognised by ACFE (a global professional body for counter fraud professionals) and undertaking it provides opportunities for full-time students to complete the Certified Fraud Examiner qualification at a subsidised rate.
Studying BSc Criminology with Psychology at the University of Portsmouth
Hear two of our expert Criminology team, Dr Craig Collie and Professor Becky Milne, explain why BSc Criminology with Psychology is such a fascinating degree to study, from the interactive facilities to the placement opportunities.
Dr. Craig Collie: Criminology with Psychology combines learning about the criminal justice system with getting inside the mind a little bit of people that commit crime. Why do people behave in certain ways and think in certain ways, how does our environment affect how we behave?
Professor Becky Milne: Psychology is all about decision making, human interaction, looking at people who are more vulnerable, how best to interact with them within the justice system.
Dr. Craig Collie: We've got the wonderful Centre of Forensic Interviewing - large and small classroom facilities. There's a mock courtroom.
Professor Becky Milne: We have psychologists, we have criminologists, we have lawyers, we have ex-police officers who are now retired.
Dr. Craig Collie: There are lots of career opportunities that flow from studying Criminology with Psychology.
Professor Becky Milne: So we have a partnership with Hampshire Police, but also police right across the country and across the globe. There's also Home Office work, probation.
Dr. Craig Collie: It's also going to be useful if you're in a research setting, a courtroom setting and a support setting for other justice roles. It's a really, really versatile thing to be able to do.
So in terms of placement opportunities, we've got a lot of opportunities that are with charitable organisations who often work with victims of crime and other serious offences. One of the big things that you learn is research skills. How do you actually find out about people that commit crime? How can you help the wider psychological community, and those skills are put to use in placements.
So why would you come to study at Portsmouth? It's a wonderful city. Lots of links to the place in the city itself, it's a wonderful place to study.
Professor Becky Milne: There's lots going on. There seems to be something for everyone, whether you were a student, you know, straight from school, but whether you perhaps you're a more mature student, there is great opportunities.
Dr. Craig Collie: We've just a wonderful team. Very, very experienced team, is one of the biggest criminology provisions in the country. You can nurture that interest here with us at Portsmouth.
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- T levels – Merit
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
You may need to have studied specific subjects – 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.
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.
Why study a course with Psychology?
Hear our students and lecturers explain the benefits of studying a 'with Psychology' course at the University of Portsmouth.
Dr Jacqueline Priego: Students who take a degree that combines a social science with psychology are typically interested in both societal and behavioural approaches to the human condition. They are interested in what triggers our thinking, our emotions, our behaviours and how we see that we can shape our ideas, values and practices so that we can make this world a better place.
Dr Alexander Bradley: I think the nice aspect of studying a with psychology course is it both opens up both psychology, but also sociology or criminology, child and youth studies. So it gives you two job markets to aim for.
Jonathan: What made me want to do a course with psychology is, it gives me a bigger variety and dig deeper into each subject. Doing a degree with combined honours allows me to pick and choose from whichever career choice I choose to make.
Eleonora: Because I'm currently studying criminology with psychology, it really gives you the opportunity to study many different topics at once. Like, I'm studying state crime at the same time I did psychological science. You have two different types of knowledge. You have the criminological one and the psychological ones - you can merge them together to actually do what you want to do.
Joshua: I went for a course with psychology because I wanted to have something extra as well, and I think that's shown definitely while being at the university because it gave an extra layer to the degree which I wasn't expecting.
Jonathan: If you're not sure, if you just want to do psychology or just want to do sociology, choose this degree. It will give you the best of both and you get to focus on whatever you find most fascinating and interesting.
Joshua: The career I'm looking into is to join the Royal Navy first and then afterwards teaching. But I still think this course does help me with that because there was one point of like stages of group development and that was part of the psychology course. So I can use that when running a team within the Royal Navy and then after that, hopefully the course as a whole will help me in my teaching.
Jonathan: Why someone should choose University of Portsmouth? It gives extremely good facilities.
Dr Jacqueline Priego: In relation to our courses, all of our students have access to the latest research through the university library. That gives you the potential for a great student experience.
Dr Alexander Bradley: The city is a lovely place to be: it's friendly, it's warm, you have the sea. We do a lot and put a lot of effort into our students to help them make not only a good time and to make the most of their time at university, but also beyond university as well.
Eleonora: You have career support for many years after you graduate. Thanks to the University of Portsmouth, I was able to work in some research with my lecturers as well, which is something that other students are not able to do. It's a great opportunity to make me stand out.
Dr Alexander Bradley: I think one of the really nice features about my role is when I do see students that make that transition and are happy in the world of work, in the places they've ended up and are making a contribution to society, that's really good. In fact, sometimes when I get those emails that come back, it just makes my day.
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.
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
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.
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 in Britain, C.1850-2000 – 20 credits
- Engaged Citizenship in Humanities and Social Sciences – 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
- 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
- Professional Experience – 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
- 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
- Professional Experience – 20 credits
- Social Policy, Justice and Crime – 20 credits
- State Crime – 20 credits
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders – 20 credits
- True Crime: The Making of a Genre – 20 credits
Changes to course content
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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The lecturers have a wealth of experience and knowledge in both areas of study.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group discussions
- practical workshops
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
Professor Becky Milne explores how witness interviewing techniques influence evidence
Listen to Professor Becky Milne, lecturer on BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology, explain how the stress and pace of major incidents such as terrorism, crime or accidents, can influence the behaviour and memories of the people who witness them, and how forensic psychology can help.
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.
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 use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies. As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.
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.
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 postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.
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 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
- 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.
Course costs and funding
- 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 – £17,200 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
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.
Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight 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 cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.
These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.
During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees.
Tuition fees for that year are:
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)
The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.
How to apply
To start this course in 2023, 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.