University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology with Psychology

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Course summary

Overview 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. Course highlights

  • 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
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
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. You'll also get support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Psychological Science
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Community Justice
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
  • Forensic Developmental Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Gang Crime
  • Global Environmental Justice
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Introduction To Teaching
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Learning From Experience
  • Modern Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
  • Penology and Prison
  • Policing and Society
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Psychology and Security
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance and Punishment in Britain, 1500–1900
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
Placement year (optional) 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. Year 3 Core modules in this year includes:
  • Dissertation / Major Project (Criminology)
  • Psychology in the Community
  • Psychology of Criminal Conduct
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Black Criminology, Race and the Criminal Justice System
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Crime and New Technologies: Theory and Practice
  • Critical Penal Studies
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Economic Crime and Fraud Examination
  • Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Gender and Crime
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Information Security Management
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction To Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Policing: Law, Policy and Practice
  • Policing:Communities, Intelligence and Information
  • Political Extremism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime
  • State Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
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 examinations 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: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework Year 2 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 59% 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

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options


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

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £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
International £15500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **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.**
Criminology with Psychology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS