Criminology and Cybercrime BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime
Join the global mission to stop criminals exploiting the internet. On the UK’s first BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree, you'll explore the future of policing and how criminal organisations operate online. You'll learn to make a difference, not by fighting tech with tech, but by understanding the human aspects of cybercrime.
Cyber is always evolving, so this course does too. You can choose from wide range of innovative and topical modules – from cybersecurity, online terrorism and digital forensics, to cyberdeviance and cyberpsychology.
- Learn from cybercrime, criminology, probation and policing experts whose expertise is requested by organisations around the world
- Tailor the course to meet your interests, by studying modules that match your career aspirations
- Explore up-to-the-minute topics based on our own team’s research, including hacktivism and the incel subculture
- Investigate issues as varied as cyber fraud, cyberbullying and online piracy, to discover how they affect people, organisations and government
- Work with practitioners providing professional cybersecurity advice in our award-winning Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
- Practise digital investigative techniques and develop transferable skills in analysis, research and new technologies
- Meet visiting professionals who work in areas of cyber like the dark web and penetration testing
BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
I chose this course as the cybercrime landscape is, unfortunately, expanding exponentially. The course looks to address the potential motives of a cyber criminal as well as a strong focus on the methods used to commit a cyber crime – the bridge between the technical and human side of cyber! Portsmouth University are leading the way in the future of criminology offering a course dedicated to crimes in the digital age.
Careers and opportunities
Employers around the globe are very interested in graduates with cybercrime expertise. In our increasingly digital world, the demand is likely to grow.
You'll be well prepared for a wide range of roles, especially those focused on the human side of cybercrime.
What areas can you work in with a criminology and cybercrime degree?
You'll graduate ready for opportunities in the police force, policy making organisations and new technology. Specialist areas for you in the public and private sector include:
- specialised cybercrime units
- crime prevention
- criminological research
- intelligence analysis
- digital investigations
- security consultancy
- the prison system
You could also progress to postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.
What jobs can you do with a criminology and cybercrime degree?
You could have a career in digital investigation, crime prevention, and security consultancy. With skills that are in high demand, potential roles could include:
- chief infosec officer
- security consultant
- incident responder
- security analyst
- digital forensics expert
- penetration tester
- vulnerability assessor
If you're interested in probation work or community justice, you can graduate from this course with pre-entry qualifications for a career in those fields. This can give you a real advantage when applying for jobs. Your lecturers can advise you on the right modules to choose.
Ongoing careers support
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.
Placement year (optional)
After your second year of study, you can choose to do a paid work placement year 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 – whatever they might be. Previous students have secured placement positions at organisations such as the Hampshire Constabulary High Tech Crime Unit.
Mentoring and support throughout your placement will help you to get the most from the experience.
You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, Canada, Australia or South Korea.
Find out about Alfred's placement on ORPHEUS, a cross-European project designed to tackle the radicalisation of young people.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree
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.
Core modules in this year include:
- Criminal Justice – 20 credits
- Cyber Security and Forensic Computing – 20 credits
- Cyberspace, Subcultures and Online Deviance – 20 credits
- Essential Skills for Criminologists – 40 credits
- Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations – 20 credits
- Understanding Criminology – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Cyberlaw Governance and Human Rights – 20 credits
- Questioning Criminology – 20 credits
- Researching Criminology – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Community Justice – 20 credits
- Crimes of the Powerful – 20 credits
- Cultural Criminology – 20 credits
- Cybercrime Clinic – 20 credits
- Forensics Fundamentals – 20 credits
- Forensics Investigations – 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation – 20 credits
- Gang Crime – 20 credits
- Global Environmental Justice – 20 credits
- Global, State and Corporate Security – 20 credits
- Hate Crime – 20 credits
- ICJS 60 Credit Study Abroad Programme – 60 credits
- Learning from Experience – 20 credits
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
- Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare – 20 credits
- Penology and Prison – 20 credits
- Policing and Society – 20 credits
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation – 20 credits
- Psychology and Security – 20 credits
- Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900 – 20 credits
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice – 20 credits
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response – 20 credits
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice – 20 credits
- The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses – 20 credits
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.
Placement options in this year include:
- ICJS Study Abroad Year – 120 credits
- Work Placement Year – 120 credits
Core units in this year include:
- Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice – 20 credits
- Dissertation / Major Project – 40 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response – 20 credits
- Crime and New Technologies: Theory And Practice – 20 credits
- Cyberpsychology – 20 credits
- Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection – 20 credits
- Economic Crime and Fraud Examination – 20 credits
- Forensic Psychology and Mental Health – 20 credits
- Forensic Psychology: Investigation – 20 credits
- Gender and Crime – 20 credits
- Green Crime and Environmental Justice – 20 credits
- Information Security Management – 20 credits
- Intelligence Analysis – 20 credits
- Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
- Learning from Experience – 20 credits
- Miscarriages of Justice – 20 credits
- Money Laundering and Compliance – 20 credits
- Policing: Law, Policy and Practice – 20 credits
- Policing:communities, Intelligence and Information – 20 credits
- Political Extremism – 20 credits
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits
- Social Policy, Justice and Crime (l6) – 20 credits
- State Crime – 20 credits
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders – 20 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.
This course combines traditional criminology with an innovative look into information technologies and the future of crime and policing. It offers exciting new modules on cybercrime, the darkweb and digital investigations as well as real-life experience through participation in the cybercrime awareness clinic and interaction with practitioners. Join us into bridging the past with the future of criminology.
How you're assessed
- group projects
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: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework
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.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BSc Hons Criminology and Cybercrime degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)
You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – L311
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.
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