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University of Portsmouth

Criminology and Criminal Justice

UCAS Code: M930
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Others in law
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
Not Available
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

96-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

17 points at Higher Level

UCAS tariff points

96-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

This course offers a historical and contemporary study of criminology and criminal justice studies, drawing on multiple disciplines. Read more at the University of Portsmouth website. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? You will join the debates surrounding responses to crime, and its causes, in one of Britain's largest criminology departments. You will be able to tailor your course to your interests thanks to a wide range of academic specialists, to access our partnerships with police, probation and criminal justice bodies, and to take a professional counter-fraud qualification or the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing as part of your study. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE You will engage with and evaluate current critical issues, such as the causes and responses to miscarriages of justice, with academic staff at the forefront of research in the sector. You may work with projects such as the University's Criminal Justice Clinic, which offers opportunities for students to be involved in experiential learning, real world research, case work and proposals for reform of the criminal justice system. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for students who want to explore the subject of criminology and to understand the ways in which practitioners in the field of criminal justice operate. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED You may benefit from work experience through our placement schemes in the UK and through the Erasmus scheme, drawing on the University's wide network of relevant organisations, or from discussions with our panel of recent graduates working in the criminal justice sector. AFTER THE COURSE You will be well equipped to embark upon a diverse range of career choices in criminal justice roles, including policing, crime analysis or probation, or working with local authorities, charities or private industry. You will also have a strong grounding for postgraduate study in areas relating to criminal justice and criminology.


In your first year you will study various core units including an introduction to criminology and an introduction to criminal justice, institutions, processes and social control and an introduction to psychology for criminologists. In your second year you will study a collection of core units plus choose from a variety of optional units including police, law and community (leading to Certificate in Knowledge of Policing – CKP) and crime, media and culture. In the final year you will study from a selection of units such as crime, exclusion and mental health, forensic psychology and dangerous offenders and public protection. You will also complete your final year dissertation project.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 83% MED
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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study Not Available
Average graduate salary Not Available

Sorry, we don't have any information about graduates from this subject here.

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.
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