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Criminology and Forensic Studies BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Overview

Are you interested in understanding how forensic evidence is used to help solve crime?

This BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies degree course examines the field of crime and criminality and pairs it with the world of forensic investigation. You’ll get a deep understanding of what makes a criminal, from a societal, psychological and law perspective. And you’ll get out of the classroom to get to grips with the latest forensic theory and practice.

This course leads to careers in areas such as research and intelligence analysis, crime scene investigation, and probation and police work.

Professional recognition

By choosing certain optional units on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

What you'll experience

On this Criminology and Forensic Studies degree course, you'll:

  • Explore criminology while using the latest forensic facilities in one of the largest criminology departments in the country
  • Have access to a biology lab and a forensic crime scene examination house
  • Work alongside crime and forensics professionals via our partnerships with bodies including Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Tailor your degree to match your interests and workplace ambitions
  • Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts and interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations
  • Go on visits to relevant destinations, like the Hampshire Constabulary fingerprint bureau and military CSI training headquarters.
  • Attend guest talks from career specialists, such as fire investigators and forensic odontologists

You can also:

  • Spend a year abroad, studying with an international partner university
  • Learn a new language and get credits towards your degree

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for a range of criminal justice careers where forensic awareness plays a key role. You can work as a forensic practitioner within the police, probation and prison services or in the fields of community safety, crime prevention and criminological research.

What jobs can you do with a Criminology and Forensic Studies degree?

Roles previous graduates have gone on to include:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • emergency planning officer
  • offender case administrator
  • prison officers
  • civilian investigator

You could also do postgraduate study in areas such as forensic sciences.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    61st

  • Campus address

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

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 102 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    115 58%

    56th

    13
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    77 77%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    41st

    22

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