In the digital age, crime is becoming more complex and diverse with the internet creating new types of crime and reinventing old ones.
If you’re interested in fighting cybercrime, this combined course – the first of its kind in the UK – covers traditional criminology theory while exploring modern issues like cyber-security, online terrorism and digital forensics. You'll examine the methods and motivations of cybercriminals and learn first hand about the challenges of digital investigations.
After the course, you'll be ready to take on roles in criminal justice agencies, local government, and private and public industries.
What you'll experience
On this Criminology and Cybercrime degree course, you'll:
- Examine criminology and cybercrime at one of the largest criminology departments in the country
- Practise modern digital investigative techniques and develop transferable skills in analysis, research and using new technologies
- Tailor the course to meet your interests, by studying topics that match your career aspirations
- Learn from cybercrime, criminology, probation and policing experts, and interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations
You can also:
- Get professional counter-fraud qualifications during your studies
- Get relevant practical experience for your future career in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
- Meet potential employers during work placements
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- 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 may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- 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.
Careers and opportunities
When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime units in police or private organisations. You could work in areas such as:
- crime prevention
- criminological research
- intelligence analysis
- digital investigations
- security consultancy
You could also work in the prison system or do postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.
By choosing certain optional modules on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the field.
Previous students have secured placement positions at organisations such as the Hampshire Constabulary High Tech Crime Unit.
You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, south Asia and Canada.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.