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Criminal Investigation with Forensic Psychology with Placement

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subjects

Psychology

Criminology

Blending criminal investigation with forensic psychology, this specialist degree is designed to give you highly relevant skills, knowledge and professional skills for a great career in criminology, criminal justice and similar sectors.

The skills developed are benchmarked against the requirements of Investigations and Psychology employment such as analytical thinking, crime scene investigations, presentation of evidential studies and critical thinking.

The course is regularly updated and informed by the latest theory and working practice, thanks to experienced lecturing staff working within criminal justice and criminology – ensuring your tuition is current, real-world relevant and tailored to the needs of the industry.

And we are proud to offer a wide range of expert guest speakers from the industry, enhancing your learning through practical understanding of sector challenges and considerations – and offering a network of employment opportunities. The course is also supported by optional site visits, both locally and internationally, giving you the chance to broaden your perspective of the criminal justice sector.

As well as developing your personal skills, you will build a range of highly transferable communication, teamwork and group interaction skills to enhance your employability.

And the learning experience at Solent is a key feature of the course, providing opportunities for personal and group reflection alongside highly stimulating tuition. Many of the staff are current industry experts and published academics in relevant fields, with an open-door policy and a wealth of experience to share.

Lecturing staff who are current within the industry and have strong industry connections that offer employment opportunities.

**What does this course lead to?**
If you’re looking for a career path in criminal investigation or psychology, this is the course for you.

You will be well placed for roles within the criminal justice sector and related fields, while your analytical and research-focused skills, along with a range of transferrable skills will aid employability in a broad range of careers, such as in the business and voluntary sectors.

**Who is this course for?**
This course is suited to students who wish to follow a career path in investigations with psychology or similar professional/voluntary capacity.

You will build analytical and research skills that can be transferred to a broad range of careers, along with valuable industry connections through site visits, guest speakers and lecturers’ own networks within the industry.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Exploring Psychology
Law, Sentencing and Punishment
Study Skills in Social Sciences
Psychology Across the Lifespan
Research Methods 1
Explaining Criminal Behaviour

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Brain and Behaviour
Psychology of Crime
Criminological Research Methods and Skills
Dangerous Offenders
Critical Issues in Criminal Investigation
Crime Scene Investigation

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Global Crime
Issues in Forensic Psychology
Justice: Future Challenges
Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Drugs, Crime and Alcohol
Terrorism and Political Violence

Assessment methods

The course is assessed in a variety of ways. There are written and verbal assessments, report writing, exams, formative and summative feedback, portfolios and workshops, presentations and field trips reports.

Assessments have been tailored to meet the modern testing requirements of industry, and consider your wider learning journey – allowing time for self-reflection and preparation.

Extra funding

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
med
Psychology
81%
med
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

58%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
E

Sociology

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

57%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
55%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,618
low
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
66%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

Anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Protective service occupations
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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