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Explore the psychological and social factors that cause people to commit crimes
Our BSc (Hons) Criminology degree explores the scientific study of crimes and why people commit them, the justice system, and the duty of care we have to those who have engaged in deviant behaviour.
Study innovative and ground-breaking criminology topics
Using the latest research and practice, you will explore the psychological and social factors behind deviant behaviour in relation to variety of crimes, as well as the judicial consequences and processes that come with them.
Discover a range of topics that include:
- Criminal law
- Cyber-crime and security
- Mental health and forensic psychology
- Policing and police investigation
- Young people and crime
Understand the law and the criminal justice system
Throughout your degree you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the operations of the criminal justice, as well as learn more about criminal law and its applications within the judiciary system.
Examine the impacts of crime
You will consider the impact of crime upon individuals, communities, and wider society, as you use the latest research to examine how crime can be prevented and the rehabilitation of offenders.
Use scientific data to predict criminal behaviour
During the course, you will receive scientific and statistics training to develop critical and analytical skills, as you learn how to handle data that you can use to predict criminal behaviour.
Learn from expert active researchers and ex-police staff
Our team of active researchers and experienced experts bring their knowledge and research directly into the classroom with them to ensure that you engage with the latest innovations and theories.
Small teaching groups for more personalised support
Our small, interactive seminars mean you are seen as an individual, not just another face in the crowd as our lecturers get to know you and how best to support your academic and personal development.
Gain vital professional insights on future careers
Our dedicated ‘Criminology in Professional Practice’ module in your third allows you to hear directly from working professionals about the career opportunities relevant to a criminology degree.
On this course you will:
- Examine the psychological and social causes of crime and its consequences.
- Understand the role of the law and the inner workings of the criminal justice system.
- Gain key scientific skills in data handling and analysis as you learn to predict criminal behaviour.
- Learn from ex-police staff and expert researchers who really get to know you and your needs.
- Hear about your future career options from professionals working within criminology-related fields
Gain an in-depth understanding of crime, criminals, and the systems that deal with them
Your first year will introduce you to the foundations of criminological study, as you gain insights into the key issues and debates, consider how society manages crime and criminals, and explore the broad concepts that underpin human rights, diversity, and duty of care.
In addition, you’ll begin to gain the scientific and statistical skills required to conduct research in criminology.
In your second year, you will examine more specialist topics as you broaden your understanding of aspects including criminal law, mental health and forensic psychology, cybercrime and security, and classic criminology case studies.
In addition, you will further your knowledge of and skills in statistical data management, as well as the design and implementation of research experiments.
In your final year, you will work to apply your acquired subject knowledge and research skills ahead of a final year project on a topic of your choice, as you also investigate young people and crime and wider international law.
Criminology in Professional Practice module
Our careers-focused module in your third year introduces you to the practice in real life of criminology and give you an idea of where you could apply your skills, as you explore jobs relating to criminology degrees.
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Select a year
Crime and Punishment
This module explores key issues and debates in criminology and gives you a solid foundation in these topics.
You will explore:
- The origins of crime
- Categorisation of crime
- Theories of crime
- Psychological frameworks of crime.
Crime and Society
This module examines how society manages crime and criminals and introduces you to the wider judicial and prison systems.
You will consider:
- The role of the media
- Moral panics
- Emerging crimes
- World approaches to crime.
Crime, Diversity and Duty of Care
This module will explore the broad concepts that underpin human rights, diversity and duty of care.
You will focus on the development of social identities and the relationship between diversity, discrimination and oppression.
Your research will be based on the initial premise that British society is diverse and includes a wide variety of cultures and will explore racism to exemplify the impact of oppression on marginalised people.
Criminal Law I
This module introduces you to the different aspects of criminal law, which examines the theory underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability, as well as providing an understanding of a range of criminal offences and the ability to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will also continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Exploring Positive Psychology
The module explores the experience of positive psychology relating the need to understand one’s own motivation, aspirations, and goals to:
- Need for achievement
You will explore psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into needs, motivation, and self-concept.
Foundations of Research Methods
This module will introduce you to the statistical skills required to conduct research in criminology. You will learn to generate a research question and hypotheses as well as sources and types of error. You will examine additional parametric statistics including the application of t-test to compare experimental conditions.
Religion, Ethics and Violence
This module will introduce you to the historical study of religion and ethics and investigate the important contemporary question of the relationship between religion, ethics and violence.
Study & Research Skills for Social Scientists
This module is an opportunity to advance your personal, research and study skills and will support other content-led teaching. You will be assessed through a report and research participation.
Contemporary Security Studies
This module will give you a critical understanding of security studies that goes beyond the disciplinary boundaries of International Relations.
You will question the meaning of security, its referent objects and issues, and how security is supposed to be achieved. You will engage with various theoretical approaches to security, ranging from the realist tradition and game theory to peace studies and critical theory.
You will also explore contemporary security challenges, such as counterterrorism, migration and human security.
Criminal Law II
This module continues to develop your understanding of criminal law, including how to examine homicide and non-fatal offences, understanding a range of defences and developing your ability to analyse and evaluate related case and statutory law and proposed reforms.
Criminology Classics and Controversies
You will develop your critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and your understanding of the role of criminology in understanding different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast profiles of criminological cases.
Cybercrime and Security
In the age of technology and digitalisation, crime has become more diverse and often easy commit. This module introduces cybercrime and cybersecurity and will cover key emerging research on this contemporary topic.
Mental Health and Forensic Psychology
This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system.
Re-Litigating the Past: State, Media and Historical Injustice in Contemporary Britain
This module focuses on how public histories have been rewritten in Britain over the past three decades, through the interventions of state, media, and voluntary sector institutions.
By studying these forms of investigations, you will learn about how private traumas are integrated into or transformed public memory, the ways in which and reasons why silences are maintained or broken, and the place of ‘the past’ in judicial processes.
Research Methods: Experimental Designs & Analysis
This module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.
Research Methods: Survey and Qualitative Designs and Analysis
The module aims to develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis related.
Crime Under Duress
This module provides an in-depth study of the criminal defence of duress. You will examine its historical development, current restrictions, and reform proposals and draw comparisons to other common law jurisdictions.
Criminology in Professional Practice
This will introduce you to the practice in real life of criminology and give you an idea of where you could apply your skills. You will explore jobs relating to criminology degrees, including: community development worker, detective, police officer, prison officer, probation officer, social worker, and youth worker.
You are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach. the first stage is to identify a problem in Criminology of interest. You will determine an appropriate approach to addressing the problem through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. Your investigation may be based within a single discipline or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within your chosen degree programme.
This module introduces you to international law: the body of law which governs the legal relations between or among states and nations.
You will study the theories, principles and processes of international law, including its sources, legal personality, jurisdiction and realms of responsibility.
In addition, you will also be introduced to debates about the regulation of international activities, including the use of force, dispute settlement processes, human rights, and the role of the UN.
Project Management and Presentation Skills
This project will support you to develop a wide range of skills from project management to the ability to present your research results in an accessible form. You will develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills and produce a poster to present your research work.
Sexual Offenders: Across the Life Course
This module will introduce you to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course, while considering the typology of offenders in this cohort.
Young People and Crime
You will examine the factors that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and consider crimes committed against them. You will explore the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff
Smaller class sizes for better learning
You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops, and tutorials in small classes, which means our expert teaching staff really get to know you and what support you need.
Learn more about our teaching staff
Stephanie Jane Bennett
Stephanie is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As well as a BSc, MSc and PhD in Psychology, she also has a MSc Degree in Crime Science Investigation and Intelligence. Stephanie has experience of working for the NHS, NGOs as well as extensive experience of teaching and researching across both Criminology and Psychology.
Moitree is the Programme Co-ordinator for the Psychology programmes at the University of Chichester and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Moitree’s research is primarily focussed on third-wave psychotherapies. Her research interests include development and evaluation of psychotherapeutic interventions.
Moitree has a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental health.
Benjamin T. Sharpe
Ben is Lecturer in Psychology and the Programme Coordinator for the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology course.
Ben’s ongoing PhD research, developed at the University of Chichester, in collaboration with Kings College London, the Royal Life Saving Society and Royal National Lifeboat Institute, focuses on exploring psychological factors and neurocognitive processes involved in drown detection performance among lifeguards.
James has taught, developed, and led on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules and courses.
James has a diverse range of research interests, including:
- Social network analysis and the evolution of social groups
- The connection between engaging with nature and wellbeing
- Visual perception
- Reading and maths comprehension in children
- Bullying behaviour in schools
Roy completed his BSc in Psychology at University of British Columbia, before undertaking his MSc and PhD in Social and Personality psychology at Queen’s University (Canada), acquiring a strong background in research methodology and statistics, with an emphasis on quantitative experimental research.
In addition to being Academic Advisor and Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Dr Spina is the Research Lead for the department.
Rachel leads several second-year modules in the Department, in addition to supervising extended project qualification and BSc dissertation projects.
Currently, Rachel is interested in the functional impact of prospective memory deficits and the potential of hyperthermic conditioning for slowing the progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.
She is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences.
Michelle has taught, developed, and led on a range of undergraduate modules and courses, including Organisational Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology, and Applied Psychological Skills.
She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Each module has three hours of contact time per week and includes lectures, seminars, and workshops.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:
- Scientific reports
- Group and individual presentations
- Poster design
- Multiple choice papers
- Short answer papers
- Research participation
- Case studies
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Advanced Physiological Data Acquisition system
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Integrated Foundation Year Option
Build your academic confidence and skills with an initial foundation year
We also offer our BSc (Hons) Criminology with Integrated Foundation Year course.
This four-year course includes an integrated, introductory foundation year that develops your academic skills and confidence, as well as provides you with an overview of core topics that you will build upon in your further years of study.
Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad
As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.
Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.
You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.
Where you could go after your studies
Our BSc (Hons) Criminology degree provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers, in particular areas including the police, prison service, youth justice, probation service.
Careers routes after this degree include:
- Justice or legal systems
- Probation service
- Home Office or civil service
- Social welfare
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Data analysis
- Market, government, or social research
You may decide to continue your study at the University of Chichester and undertake a postgraduate degree. Our postgraduate courses offer you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and greatly improve your career prospects. Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include Masters, PGCE and PhD.
Course Fees 2023/24
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Access to HE Diploma
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Integrated Foundation Year
We offer an integrated foundation year with BSc (Hons) Criminology. This option is for you if you are interested in Criminology but do not meet the course entry requirements yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.
Non-standard Application Entry Routes
The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments
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