12 months
15500 GBP/year
9200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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On this Criminal Psychology course from University of Portsmouth, you'll get to analyse the criminal justice system with a view to improving outcomes, understanding complex behaviours like police interviewing, and detecting deception, as well as gaining further expertise in courtroom psychology and jury decision making.

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If you're looking to build on your undergraduate studies in psychology and pursue a career in criminal psychology, or you're already working in the field and want to further advance your career, the Criminal Psychology course from University of Portsmouth will give you the knowledge and skills you need to reach your goals in this challenging arena.

Criminal psychology draws in elements from psychology, criminology and criminal justice, with the aim of studying offenders and offending behaviour, to improve the effectiveness of criminal investigations. 

You'll also learn how to improve criminal investigations by adding a psychological component such as offender profiling, and look at issues like offender rehabilitation, and the links between offending behaviour and mental health.

This course can be studied either full or part-time, either on campus or through distance learning.

You'll study in our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and learn from our team of criminal psychology specialists, so that when you graduate, you'll have the skills you need for a career as a criminal psychologist, working with offenders, working with victims or within law enforcement agencies.

This course is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in the field of criminal psychology.

Career opportunities include:

  • Police force
  • Law enforcement
  • Crime analysis
  • Local authorities
  • Research
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Social work
  • Prison service
  • Working with offenders
  • Working with victims
  • Further academic study

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology and Offending Behaviour  
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Research Methods and Research Ethics
  • Research Design and Ethics 
  • Research Methods 
  • Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims 
  • Investigation and Psychology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible


180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong and relevant work experience will be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9200 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Part time: £4,600 per year 
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year
EU students
  • Part time: £4,600 per year
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year
International students
  • Part time: £7,750 per year 
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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