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.
What you'll experience
On this Criminology with Psychology degree course, you'll:
- 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
You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, South Asia or North America.
Work experience and career planning
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.
After your second year of study, you can choose to do a paid work placement year in a criminal justice organisation, either in the UK or overseas. This lets you put your new skills to work while developing valuable links with employers.
It's fantastic for your CV and will really help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.
We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. With mentoring and support throughout your placement, you’ll have our support to get the most from the experience.
Previous placement destinations have included:
- a forensic psychology team
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Aurora New Dawn, a charity supporting survivors of domestic abuse
- Hampshire Constabulary
- Cabinet Office
- Penal Reform Solutions, which supports rehabilitation in prisons, probation and correctional services
- Circles UK, which supports the reintegration of sex offenders in the community
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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group discussions
- practical workshops
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
You’ll be assessed through:
- 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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- 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
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.
Organisations you could work for include:
- the police force
- the probation service
- the prison service
- academic research
- victim and offender support charities
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