Do you want to learn how thoughts and feelings can influence criminal behaviours? This exciting interdisciplinary course will help you to understand the underlying social and psychological causes of criminality, focusing on the various different forms of criminal behaviour and the ways in which the UK handles criminal justice. Alongside a foundation of psychological inquiry and research, you’ll study the methods by which crimes are investigated, responsibility allocated and prosecutions secured.
Psychological and criminological study at Solent starts with our programme of lectures and guest speakers. Past students have benefitted from talks delivered by criminal justice professionals and psychology practitioners, giving detailed insight into the industry and the careers it offers. Previous speakers include Martin Fisher, consultant forensic psychologist with NOMS, and Adam Murton, forensic psychologist.
The course team themselves have had extensive experience of the criminal justice system and psychological practice, providing students with personal insights gained through first-hand experience. The ties they have with the professional world have also helped past students obtain work experience including volunteer placements, temporary paid work, work shadowing weeks and internships.
Past placements have included the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, Tempforce, and the prison service, as well as positions with criminal justice support services such as youth offender panels.
Can you see yourself working at the point where criminal investigation meets psychological study? With a range of industry-standard facilities, close links with local employers and an experienced course team, Solent University’s criminal investigation and psychology programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.
What does this course lead to?
Police, probation, prisons and court services in both ‘frontline’ and support roles. Case workers and intelligence analysts for a variety of policing agencies, including the Association of Chief Police Officer Criminal Records Office, the National Crime Agency and local crime reduction partnerships.
Who is this course for?
This interdisciplinary course is ideal for student who want to study psychology while gaining a broad understanding of criminal investigation and justice. Graduates will be well prepared for a range social care, mental health and community safety roles within both the public and private sector.