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Criminology and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Overview**Why do people commit crimes and could society deal with criminals more effectively? Develop your understanding of the causes and consequences of crime on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. You’ll examine criminology – the study of crime and criminals – and criminal justice – the agencies involved in the justice and penal systems, such as the police, prisons and the probation service.You’ll explore a fascinating variety of approaches to policing, terrorism, hate crime and victimology. You’ll become an expert in the criminal justice system from end to end, from how laws are enforced, to how we deal with the people that break them. Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree is delivered in one of the largest criminology departments in the UK. Our graduates go on to work in youth offending support, investigative data analysis, and community rehabilitation, as well as roles in the police, probation and prison services. You could also have a career in crime prevention, community safety, or criminological research.**What you'll experience**On this Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course, you'll:- Examine the causes and consequences of crime from different perspectives- Learn from practitioners with criminal justice experience and academics whose research in areas such as missing persons and policing shapes the content of the course and Government policy- Tailor your studies by choosing modules that match your interests and ambitions- Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations- Discuss your career options with a panel of graduates who are working in criminal justiceYou can also:- Practise applying your skills and knowledge in facilities that replicate the environments you'll work in during your career - Study modules that provide credit towards the pre-entry qualifications for a career as a Trainee Probation Officer or Police Officer- Apply your knowledge in the field on an optional year-long work placement- Spend a year abroad, studying with an international partner university- Learn a new language and get credits towards your degree on the University's language programme**Careers and opportunities**This degree sets you up for a career in the criminal justice sector, or in related sectors, such as counter fraud. It also gives you multiple opportunities for further study or research at postgraduate level.When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 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 and youth offending teams. You can take career-specific optional modules to get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.You’ll also be equipped for other graduate sectors, such as counter fraud roles in banking, the NHS or the DWP.Previous 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 and other community rehabilitation providers- Financial servicesNew technologies, emerging research and increasing political and public interest means the way authorities, society, victims and offenders identify and respond to crime is always changing. Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)’ Probation Workforce Strategy (2020) aims to recruit skilled and talented people to probation officer roles. This results in good demand for jobs in the criminal justice and penal sector.After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,200per year

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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Subject rankings

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    51st out of 104 13

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    122 54%


  • Graduate prospects

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    62.0 62%


  • Student satisfaction

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    3.98 80%


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    117 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%



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