Criminology and Forensic Studies at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview If you want to help solve crimes, it pays to understand criminality from many different angles. This course gives you much broader skills, knowledge and experience than a more traditional ‘forensic science’ degree. Using facilities shared with a real police force, this degree is always relevant, innovative and up-to-date. From crime scene to evidence lab to court room, you’ll find out how forensic investigation fits into the history, policy and practice of the criminal justice system. And you’ll study the causes of crime, learning what really makes a criminal. Course highlights

  • Develop specialist forensic skills in simulated crime scene and laboratory practical sessions
  • Explore new experimental techniques including the use of Virtual Reality (VR), inspired by innovative VR research at the University of Portsmouth
  • Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts who are actively involved in industry, and who shape its future with ground-breaking research in areas like forensic interview techniques and wildlife crime
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships and links with the criminal justice and forensic investigation industry
  • Hear from guest speakers such as fire investigators, crime scene managers, pathologists, specialist police officers, firearm officers and forensic archaeologists
  • Tailor your degree from a wide range of modules, including crime and mental health, hate crime, dangerous offenders and public protection
  • Gain pre-entry qualifications for careers in the police or probation service, and develop skills in problem solving and analysis that all kinds of employers value
"If you want to look at the practical side of crime this is the course for you. It shows you so many different roles that you wouldn't even think existed. The course is really practical too: looking at police investigations and how they're run was so interesting." – Robyn Juniper , BSc Hons Criminology & Forensic Studies student Careers and opportunities Because this course blends criminology and forensic studies, you’ll graduate with a particularly broad range of careers open to you. Your lecturers can help you identify the options that excite you most, so you can choose to study modules that fit your ambitions. You’ll be especially well-prepared for the wide variety of criminal justice careers where forensic awareness plays a key role – from forensic practitioner in the police, probation or prison services, through to rewarding areas of expertise like community safety, crime prevention and criminological research. More broadly, the impressive problem-solving skills you develop could prove valuable in all kinds of careers. What jobs can you do with a criminology and forensic studies degree? Our graduates have gone on to roles including:
  • crime scene investigator
  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • intelligence researcher
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • emergency planning officer
  • prison officer
  • forensic and other laboratories
  • teaching (with further training)
You could also do postgraduate study in areas such as forensic science. 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.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists (40 credits)
  • Psychology for Criminologists (20 credits)
  • Understanding Criminology (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Forensic Evidence From Crime Scene to Court (40 credits)
  • Questioning Criminology (20 credits)
  • Researching Criminology (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response (20 credits)
  • Crimes of the Powerful (20 credits)
  • Empire and Its Afterlives in Britain, Europe, and Africa (20 credits)
  • Engaged Citizenship in Humanities and Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Firearms Investigation (20 credits)
  • Forensic Linguistics: Language As Evidence (20 credits)
  • Gang Crime (20 credits)
  • Global Environmental Justice (20 credits)
  • Global Security (20 credits)
  • Hate Crime (20 credits)
  • Intercultural Perspectives On Communication (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Teaching (20 credits)
  • Marketing & Communication (20 credits)
  • Mass Fatality Incidents (20 credits)
  • Modernity and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday (L5) (20 credits)
  • News, Discourse, and Media (20 credits)
  • Penology and Prison (20 credits)
  • Policing and Society (20 credits)
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation (20 credits)
  • Professional Experience L5 (20 credits)
  • Psychology and Security (20 credits)
  • Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature (20 credits)
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights (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)
Placement year (Optional) Have the opportunity to do a criminology work placement year after your second or third year on this Connected Degree - we're the only UK university to offer flexible sandwich placements for undergraduates. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Dissertation (Criminology) (40 credits)
  • Management of Criminal Investigations (20 credits)
  • The Future of Forensic Investigations (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year currently 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)
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection (20 credits)
  • Economic Crime and Fraud Examination (20 credits)
  • Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law (20 credits)
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation (20 credits)
  • Forensic Taphonomy (20 credits)
  • Gender and Crime (20 credits)
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice (20 credits)
  • Information Security Management (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 L6 (20 credits)
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders (20 credits)
  • True Crime - the Making of a Genre (20 credits)
  • Understanding and Addressing Sexual Offending (20 credits)
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.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: coursework reports 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 may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: Year 1 students: 27% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 66% by coursework Year 2 students: 3% by practical exams and 97% by coursework Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 87% by coursework

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Criminology and Forensic Studies at University of Portsmouth - UCAS