Criminology and Criminal Justice 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 Why do people commit crimes? And what should we do about it? From offender to victim, punishment to rehabilitation, this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree asks questions about the causes and consequences of crime. The answers may surprise you. They’ll certainly help you choose the right career path. As you become an expert on the criminal justice system in England and Wales, you’ll develop skills for a range of careers – from policing and prisons, to probation and rehabilitation, as well as roles fighting fraud in the private sector or influencing Government policy. And because crime doesn’t respect borders, this course also gives you a uniquely international perspective. Course highlights

  • Explore the latest national and international debates and research in topics as varied as hate crime, state crime, terrorism, gang crime and victimology
  • Get career-ready with an emphasis on skills and employability, including volunteering opportunities with organisations such as Hampshire Constabulary and local charities like Aurora New Dawn (supporting victims of crime) and Read and Grow Society (helping ex-offenders learn to read)
  • Learn from an international team whose experience spans law and criminal justice, policing, probation and more – including a former private detective doing important research into missing persons and an expert in European responses to domestic violence
  • Join lively debates in one of the country’s largest criminology departments and contribute your own ideas on how we should respond to crime as a society
  • Build a professional network by meeting practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charities
  • Customise your degree to match your ambitions: some modules reduce the amount to time you’d need to train for a policing career or as a probation officer ​
Careers and opportunities You’ll complete this course with a range of different professional routes open to you in the public, private and charitable sectors. There is demand for jobs in the criminal justice and penal sector. Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has developed a Probation Workforce Strategy to recruit skilled people to probation officer roles and invest in ongoing professional development. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the police, probation and prison services in areas such as:
  • community safety
  • crime prevention
  • fraud investigation
  • youth offending teams
You'll also have relevant skills or knowledge to progress into other areas such as:
  • counter fraud roles in banking, the NHS or the DWP
  • economic crime investigation
  • policy analysis and formulation for councils or the Government
  • community rehabilitation
  • postgraduate study and research
Graduate destinations Our graduates have worked for organisations including:
  • Hampshire Constabulary, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police, South Wales Police, Kent Police
  • National Probation Service
  • G4S
  • Financial service companies
Roles our previous graduates have gone onto include:
  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation service officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • offender case administrator
  • detective
  • personnel security analyst
  • private investigator
  • witness service team leader
Ongoing careers support 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 and Society (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:
  • Comparative Criminal Justice (20 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)
  • Drugs and Society (20 credits)
  • Empire and Its Afterlives in Britain, Europe, and Africa (20 credits)
  • Engaged Citizenship in Humanities and Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Forensic Linguistics: Language As Evidence (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation (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)
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation (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:
  • Contemporary Criminologies (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice and Human Rights (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (Criminology) (40 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)
  • Gender and Crime (20 credits)
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice (20 credits)
  • Information Security Management (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Teaching (20 credits)
  • Management of Criminal Investigations (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 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)

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: coursework examinations presentations group projects a dissertation or major 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. 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: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework

How to apply

Application codes

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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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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 Criminal Justice at University of Portsmouth - UCAS