Forensic evidence markers

Find the criminology and forensic studies course for you

Prepare for a career in law enforcement, probation, security or counter-fraud.

Our criminology and forensic studies degrees explore why criminals behave the way they do and consider ways of identifying and preventing crime using techniques from forensics to cyber technology.

Depending on the course you choose, you'll build sociological, psychological and forensic skills to prepare you for careers in law enforcement, probation, crime rehabilitation, cybercrime or counter fraud and crime prevention.

Why study Criminology and Forensic Studies?

We have links with key bodies in the industry such as the National Crime Squad and the National Cyber Security Centre, and the Cabinet Office. You can do an optional placement year with them to gain valuable experience before you graduate. Previous students have also done placements with Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Since graduating from this course, I've worked for Surrey Police, the Metropolitan Police and Hampshire Police, and now I'm training as a detective. Having visited a number of other universities, it's clear that Portsmouth is committed to leading the way in Criminology.

Paul Sammons, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professional accreditations

Several of our courses are recognised or accredited by professional bodies such as the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS). This means you learn up-to-date knowledge and skills, and could gain student membership of professional organisations, depending on which course you choose.