Join the global mission to stop criminals exploiting the internet. On the UK’s first BSc (Hons) Criminology and Cybercrime degree, you'll explore the future of policing and how criminal organisations operate online. You'll learn to make a difference, not by fighting tech with tech, but by understanding the human aspects of cybercrime.
Cyber is always evolving, so this course does too. You can choose from wide range of innovative and topical modules – from cybersecurity, online terrorism and digital forensics, to cyberdeviance and cyberpsychology.
What you'll experience
On this Criminology and Cybercrime degree course, you'll:
- Learn from cybercrime, criminology, probation and policing experts whose expertise is requested by organisations around the world
- Tailor the course to meet your interests, by studying modules that match your career aspirations
- Explore up-to-the-minute topics based on our own team’s research, including hacktivism and the incel subculture
- Investigate issues as varied as cyber fraud, cyberbullying and online piracy, to discover how they affect people, organisations and government
- Work with practitioners providing professional cybersecurity advice in our award-winning Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
- Practise digital investigative techniques and develop transferable skills in analysis, research and new technologies
- Meet visiting professionals who work in areas of cyber like the dark web and penetration testing
You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, Canada, Australia or South Korea.
Work experience and career planning
Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.
Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.
After your second year of study, you can choose to do a paid work placement year in the UK or overseas. This lets you put your new skills to work while developing valuable links with employers.
It's fantastic for your CV and will really help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.
We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations – whatever they might be. Previous students have secured placement positions at organisations such as the Hampshire Constabulary High Tech Crime Unit.
Mentoring and support throughout your placement will help you to get the most from the experience.
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- 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.
Employers around the globe are very interested in graduates with cybercrime expertise. In our increasingly digital world, the demand is likely to grow.
You'll be well prepared for a wide range of roles, especially those focused on the human side of cybercrime.
You'll graduate ready for opportunities in the police force, policy making organisations and new technology. Specialist areas for you in the public and private sector include:
- specialised cybercrime units
- crime prevention
- criminological research
- intelligence analysis
- digital investigations
- security consultancy
- the prison system
You could also progress to postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.
You could have a career in digital investigation, crime prevention, and security consultancy. With skills that are in high demand, potential roles could include:
- chief infosec officer
- security consultant
- incident responder
- security analyst
- digital forensics expert
- penetration tester
- vulnerability assessor
If you're interested in probation work or community justice, you can graduate from this course with pre-entry qualifications for a career in those fields. This can give you a real advantage when applying for jobs. Your lecturers can advise you on the right modules to choose.