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Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

Gain forensic psychology skills and expertise on this BPS-accredited degree and begin your career path towards becoming a forensic psychologist.

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University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

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UCAS code:

C810

Accreditation:

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Typical offer:

112-120 UCAS points from 3 A levels, or equivalent

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Explore how psychological knowledge informs criminal investigations and forensic practice, and help to understand offending behaviour on this BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

While a psychology degree covers the mind and behaviour in a wider sense, studying forensic psychology means focusing on the way people think, act and feel in relation to crime and legal issues.

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Course highlights

  • Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite, which features thermal imaging cameras, eye tracking and virtual reality (VR) technology and advanced digital and video analysis
  • Have the chance to study abroad or take part in a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Learn from forensic psychology practitioners involved in the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology, the largest academic research centre for forensic psychology in the UK
  • Become eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (with a 2:2 or higher) – an essential first step to becoming a professional forensic psychologist

90%

of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

93%

overall student satisfaction for our BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology course

(NSS, 2022)

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Accredited by:

This degree offers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), if you graduate with a 2:2 or higher.

Hear from BSc Forensic Psychology student, Phoebe

Phoebe, one of our Forensic Psychology BSc students, talks about her experiences on the course and her plans after graduation at the University of Portsmouth.

Phoebe: I wanted to study psychology because I did forensic science at college and I absolutely loved it. I read up on the course here for Forensic Psychology and thought that sounds amazing, just what I want to do. So I applied, got in and here I am. 

It's just all the skills you build up through uni. You engage with so many different people, you really learn group work and think these are all going to help me for my future career.

So after my third year, I'd like to go on to do a master's degree. I hopefully would like to do it at Portsmouth because I love it here. I would definitely like to work in prisons. I think it would be interesting to assess offenders. I'm hoping that going into my master's will open up more avenues and it might completely change my mind.

I have really enjoyed my offending behaviour model. It's been all to do with different offenders, why they offend and it's been so interesting. I have also really enjoyed doing my dissertation. I've had to interview different people. It quite rewarding doing your own research as well because you have put in all that work yourself.

I would recommend University of Portsmouth. It's such a great location. It's got a great atmosphere. The courses are brilliant and the support is fantastic. I've just completely enjoyed it. It's just been such a great experience.

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Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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 - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects or GCSEs - see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to join this course after you successfully complete a foundation year.

Facilities and specialist equipment

These are just a few of the facilities you'll use during your forensic psychology degree, plus you'll get priority booking during term time.
Psychology conducting eye exam

Eye tracking and VR technology

Discover how eye-tracking and virtual reality (VR) equipment can be used to improve our understanding of interviewing techniques and detecting deception, and used to study areas such as offender behaviours, emotions and cognitions.

An experiment to record the electrical activity in the brain

Psychophysiology laboratory

Record and analyse physical responses, such as electrical activity in the brain, neural processes, blood pressure and heart rate, to explore how the body reacts to different psychological states.

A student using thermal camera technology

Thermal cameras

Learn how thermal camera technology can be used to read physiological activity in the face and reveal signs of deception.

See our forensic psychology facilities and equipment in action

Take a tour of King Henry Building at the University of Portsmouth and the specialist psychology equipment and facilities we use in our Forensic Psychology BSc and Psychology BSc courses.

Video showing the specialist psychology equipment and facilities we use in our Psychology BSc and Forensic Psychology BSc courses at the University of Portsmouth: interview room, thermal camera, eye tracking, psycho-physiology lab, and more. 

NetNatives International Stories 2018.

"The thing that really hooked me? The facilities. There’s a fully functioning forensic lab that I can use here!

Now I’m studying forensic psychology, with elements of criminology, that is focused on understanding the abnormalities in people’s thinking and learning how to fix them."

Careers and opportunities

Forensic psychology is the study of the mind as it relates to legal issues, investigations and criminal behaviour. It includes everything from the moment a crime is committed (before an arrest) through to a criminal investigation and the following legal proceedings, to the monitoring, rehabilitation and release of an offender back into the community.

On this BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, you'll gain hands-on experience conducting research on forensic topics with developments at the forefront of psychological science. You’ll explore the patterns and behaviours of offenders and victims, build skills in gathering and analysing forensic data, and learn how to present your findings.

When you complete the course with a 2:2 or higher, you'll be eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is an essential first step to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. To become Chartered, you'll also need to do further academic training for up to 5 years, including an MSc Forensic Psychology.

As a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, you'll be ready for a career in HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), within the NHS (such as in rehabilitation units and secure hospitals), or within social services, including the police service, young offenders units and the probation service.

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

Many graduates go on to do an MSc in Forensic Psychology after the course. You could also start a career in areas such as:

  • teaching
  • health associated professions
  • social welfare
  • police work
  • probation service
  • research

Graduate roles and destinations

Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

  • clinical psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • counsellor
  • health planning analyst

They've taken roles in the following organisations:

  • National Probation Service
  • Ministry of Defence
  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Potential salary

As a trainee forensic psychologist within HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), you could expect a starting salary of between £27,021 and £34,461.

Once you qualify as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, you could earn from £37,218 and £46,846 and up to £53,952 as a senior Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

Working for the NHS in 2021, you would start as a trainee forensic psychologist on £32,306 to £39,027 (Band 6). With a role as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, your salary could reach up to £45,839 (Band 7) or more with further experience.

Ongoing careers support

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.

 

Rianna Javier, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology student

In my first year we visited the courts of law and sat in the public gallery to watch a court case. In our course you have the chance to participate in studies and I think this is valuable experience to get an idea of what it would be like to conduct and administer your own research study.

Rianna Javier, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

Placement year

After your second or third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the field. A placement year gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you stand out to employers after the course.

You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas, or you could go independent by setting up and running your own business with other students.

Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year.

 

Potential prison placements

Previous students have completed work placements in medium secure units, youth offending teams and prisons, including:

  • HMP Bronzefield
  • HMP Ford
  • HMP Winchester

Potential placement destinations

Other students have taken placement roles in organisations including:

  • Broadmoor High Security Hospital
  • Hampshire Constabulary Student Watch
  • Catch 22 - a not-for-profit business involved in offender management, rehabilitation and victim services 
  • Motiv8 - a charity working for safer communities for young people and their families

Study abroad

You’ll also have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe or Asia, which is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new destination and experience the world as an international student.

Many of our students describe their time spent studying overseas as truly life-changing, as well as an excellent way to stand out to future employers.

 

Hear from Dr Lucy Akehurst, Head of the Department of Psychology

Dr Lucy Akehurst, Head of Department of Psychology, talks about the exciting facilities available to current and future students.

Dr Lucy Akehurst: When our first year undergraduate students arrive at the Department of Psychology, I think they feel part of the community straight away.

We pride ourselves on our tutorial system at the University of Portsmouth. Staff are working with students from the word go.

We have a number of laboratory facilities and each of them house specialist equipment. We've got a baby and infant lab. We have a suite of labs, there's observation facilities, one way mirrors and recording equipment. We also have a Psychophysiology lab which has an EEG machine and eye tracking. We also have a motion capture laboratory. We have special cameras that pick up the sensors that the students have placed on their participants just to see how the human body moves when we perform particular actions.

The nice thing about coming to Portsmouth is that undergraduate students from the word go have access to those facilities.

Modules

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, in the first 2 years, you'll study 6 modules, each worth 20 credits. In the final year of your degree, you'll study 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

What you'll study

Core modules

All modules in this year are core.

You'll have opportunities to practice your qualitative and quantitative research skills by conducting and reporting your own research study and completing other research exercises. You'll learn basic concepts and the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative data collection and analysis, while also mastering the execution and application of appropriate descriptive and inferential statistics tailored to address a specific research question.

You'll address pertinent issues in psychological research, learn to effectively search literature, reference with confidence, communicate ideas both verbally and in writing, and reflect meaningfully on your learning experience.

You'll discover various theories and methodologies driving evidence-based interventions that are implemented in everyday practice in the criminal justice system. You’ll review scientific evidence, shedding light on various important contributions from forensic psychology whilst learning to critically review evidence in the field.

Explore the historical, conceptual and methodological approaches to psychology, learning how psychology has grown as a discipline. You'll delve into different theories and current perspectives within psychology, learning how to apply multiple perspectives to modern issues, questions and debates. You'll examine how different psychological approaches explain and treat mental illness, and learn the basic principles behind psychological methods, considering how psychology has developed as a science.

Core modules

All modules in this year are core.

You'll examine key experiments in the advancement of both biological and cognitive psychology and assess different research methods and techniques used, while considering the relationship between theory and method. You'll identify the role of physiology in human behaviour, emotion, and cognition and identify the relevant structures and functions of the human nervous system.

You'll explore theoretical issues in intelligence and personality assessment, and the practical application of psychometric tests. You'll generate scores from psychometric tests, interpret results and provide appropriate candidate feedback.

Assess and improve your employment-relevant skills to align with the requirements of potential occupations. You'll have the opportunity to specialise by selecting from one of four different experiential pathways within the module. This includes careers in psychology, research-based learning, work-based learning or social enterprise. Should you choose careers in psychology or social enterprise you'll attend 10 hours of seminars. If you choose research or work-based learning, you'll have the opportunity to gain up to 40 hours research experience or external work experience and attend 10 hours of practical classes/workshops and supervision meetings. As part of this module, you'll have access to an integrated personal tutorial programme.

You'll formulate testable hypotheses, gain practical skills in designing experimental and non-experimental behavioural studies, collect original data, and analysise it using specialist software. You'll also learn to evaluate psychological research techniques, interpret your findings in the context of previous studies, and communicate them to a wide audience, both orally and in written scientific reports.

Develop measurements and instruments following scientific principles as you process psychologial data through statistics and learn how to skillfully interpret patterns in data using psychological approaches and SPSS software. Enrich your ability to synthesise data, manipulate it and make informed evidence based conclusions when investigating behaviours in ethical, creative and socially responsible ways.

You'll examine findings, using and applying these in analytical, imaginative, and creative ways, and assess the relevance and application of social and developmental psychology to everyday situations, problems, and practice. With expanded knowledge, you'll confidently discuss the theories and concepts that influence social and developmental psychology.

Optional modules

All modules in this year are optional.

Investigate aspects of human and nonhuman animal behaviours that have been shaped by evolutionary processes. You’ll assess relevant theory and research findings in comparative and evolutionary psychology disciplines. You'll evaluate different approaches to the study of behaviour, cognition and emotion, finishing with a new and profound perspective on why we behave the way we do.

You'll analyse real-world cases and explore the differences in the policing and prevention of online versus offline crimes. You'll examine the decision-making processes behind security, and critique crime prevention and crisis management measures, whilst considering the ethical implications and risks associated with these measures. Evaluate existing research and the effectiveness of crime prevention practices to develop creative solutions and research projects that will tackle real-world crimes or security issues.

Explore essential topics in education, examine research and theories, and consider how they inform practice. You'll use critical thinking to determine the relevance of findings using critical thinking and reflect on the history, concepts and practice of educational psychology.

Particular emphasis will be given to effect sizes and confidence intervals. At a practical level, the module will develop advanced statistical analysis skills using appropriate computer packages and support you to develop your skills in both reporting and interpreting statistical results.

You’ll get familiar with the big issues and contemporary debates in education studies as well as the role and expectations of a teacher.

You’ll develops fundamental knowledge and skills that teachers require, as well as your capability to structure and critique a lesson plan.

You'll differentiate between specified psychological approaches and methodologies used in the study of both psychological distress and physical health and/or illness, considering their strengths, limitations, and appropriateness. You'll apply theory and research findings appropriately to applied topics and problems in clinical and health psychology while also outlining and critically evaluating approaches within these fields. You'll explain how biopsychosocial factors are implicated in health conditions, addressing both physical and mental health.

You'll compare the main methods used in modern neuroscience revealing brain complexities whilst covering historical and emerging areas of interest. You'll also explore clinical and non-clinical applications of neuroscience.

You'll examine the application of psychological principles and methodologies to the study of criminal investigations and gain an introduction to the main theoretical perspectives relating to key activities in investigative psychology, including the psychology of interviewing, deception detection, facial recognition and evidence distortion. You'll be equipped with practical skills and an understanding of the difficulties faced by investigators through the completion of training activities and exercises. As part of this module, you'll evaluate the application of empirical research to different real world contexts, including criminal investigations, and consider the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches.

You'll examine how social and historical contexts influence the development of current theories on criminal behaviour. You'll delve into the role of psychology by examining various forms of offending behaviour through engaging discussions. Upon completion, you’ll be equipped with foundational skills that will seamlessly will transfer into the workplace.

You'll be required to draw upon appropriate research methods to gather data that addresses a specific research question or psychological issue. The rationale for the study, the adopted research methodology and the findings are presented in an extended report. Your proposed research must undergo a formal ethical review process before project work may begin. You'll be allocated to a project supervisor, prior to the start of Level 6, who will support you via regular meetings during the project. The module also contains an integrated personal tutorial system.

You'll be required to draw upon appropriate research methods to gather data that addresses a specific research question or psychological issue. The rationale for the study, the adopted research methodology and the findings are presented in an extended report. You'll also present a verbal justification for your study and the approach adopted in the form of a project interview assessment. Your proposed research must undergo a formal ethical review process before project work may begin. You'll be  allocated to a project supervisor, prior to the start of Level 6, who will support you via regular meetings during the project. The module also contains an integrated personal tutorial system.

We’ll provide guidance to help you find and secure an exciting placement opportunity and you’ll have support from the Module Coordinator and a dedicated Placement Tutor during your placement. You’ll get to put everything you’ve learned so far into action in a real workplace, demonstrating an appropriate level of initiative, independence and skill (based on the HCPC Standards of Proficiency). You'll manage and complete tasks and return able to evaluate how your work placement activities relate to your studies, presenting a critical evaluation of your professional development.

Throughout this module, you'll have the opportunity to delve into various subjects such as: assessing contrasting approaches and paradigms of disability knowledge, researching practices, intersectionality and disability, empowerment, the psychology of helping, community and social capital, sex and sexuality, quality of life and stigma, and emancipatory and participatory disability research.

You'll apply the findings of empirical research in psychological science to, and assess the implications of those findings for, therapeutic and criminal justice practice. You'll critically evaluate the methodologies used to investigate research questions related to the effects of trauma on memory.

Boost your employability by taking an industry-based work placement year with a relevant organisation or immerse yourself in another culture by studying for a year at one of our partner universities worldwide.

This is an amazing opportunity to either put everything you’ve learned so far into action in a real workplace or expand your horizons and set yourself up for your future career by studying abroad and becoming a student ambassador for our university.

Depending on what you choose, we’ll help you find and secure an exciting placement opportunity within an appropriate company or organisation, or you’ll expand your global perspective and develop additional skills to boost your future career during a study abroad year.

This is a Connected Degree

We're the only university that gives you the flexibility to choose when to take a work placement. Take it after your 2nd year, before returning to finish your studies. Or after your final year, connecting you into the workplace.

If you're not sure if or when to take your placement, don't worry. You'll have plenty of time to settle into your studies and explore your options before making your choice. 

Find out more about Connected Degrees

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.

How you're assessed:

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project

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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorial groups
  • practical lab and studio sessions

There’s a priority on integrating research into all of our teaching. This ensures you'll learn about the most important and current issues in forensic psychology that effect real-life practice.

Dr Zarah Vernham, Undergraduate Psychology Programmes Lead

I'm the Undergraduate Programmes Lead for the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology degrees. I lead a Level 6 (year 3) module called Cybercrime, Policing, and Security and teach on other modules such as the Psychology of Offending Behaviour and Research Methods and Data Analysis modules.

I'm the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP). My main research interests are in the areas of investigative interviewing, deception detection, offender behaviours and cognitions, and mental health.

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 Forensic Psychology degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 10 hours a week. You'll have personal tutorials built into your modules, with weekly meetings in your first year and fortnightly meetings in the second year.

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.

Most timetabled 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.

Term dates

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

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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 meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support 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)
  • 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

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

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

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 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.

If you do an optional placement unit during your study, you’ll need to pay additional costs.

These costs will vary depending on the location and length of the placement. You’ll normally pay £50–£2000 to cover travel, accommodation and living costs.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £1,385 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £2,875  a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C810
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS

 

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.

To start this course in 2025, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C810
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS

 

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.