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Criminology and Forensic Science

If you are interested in how we use the law to run our society effectively, in how good governance works, and in how crime is tackled and solved then these degrees could be for you. All degrees use case studies to help you to learn and to bring colour and real-life impact to your studies.

Is this for me?

You are interested in the concepts of justice and fairness, and how the law decides what is right and wrong.

You are a logical thinker, able to take a considered and thoughtful approach to difficult questions which have major implications for individual lives.

You enjoy having expertise and being a person people turn to give reliable, factual advice.

What you need to know

A qualifying law degree (or another degree then a conversion course) is the first step towards becoming a fully qualified solicitor.

You then need to take a one year Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, before joining a law firm under a training contract for solicitors, or pupillage for barristers.

Joining the police requires a degree from 2020, applicants need a degree which qualifies them for the Degree Holder Entry Route into policing.

Why choose Marjon?

A variety of learning environments including crime scene house on site.

Links to all local networks including police, law courts and victim support.

A practical approach to learning, using case studies as well as work experience and placements to animate your learning and give you confidence in a work environment.

Find out more about courses and campus life at our virtual open days

Undergraduate courses

BA (Hons) Criminology


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BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology


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BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation


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Five work placements

1. Devon and Cornwall Police Volunteers

Volunteering across a wide range of police departments and supporting crime prevention projects.

2. Plymouth Community Homes

Researching for regeneration projects which seek to influence offending rates in very deprived areas; students have the option to put their recommendations to the Board.

3. Coroners Court

Shadowing the coroner, observing inquests and sentencing decisions, also liaising with court investigators.

4. Derriford Hospital Mortuary

Lab work, preparing bodies for viewing and assisting the Pathologist in determining cause of death.

5. CCTV Unit at Plymouth City Council

Access to 392 cameras and automated number plate recognition to help the police build anti-social behaviour cases.

Five guest speakers

1. Dr Dimitrios Tsiakiris - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dimitrios shared lessons learnt from working with adults with mental health needs across the Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

2. Ian Arrow - Senior Coroner

Ian discussed laws and regulations in relation to establishing the cause of death.

3. Stephen Climie - Circuit Judge

Judge Climie opened the crime scene house at Marjon and has joined several Q&A sessions with our students.

4. Karen Warren - Probation Service Officer

Students heard about Karen's career as Probation Officer working in the courts.

5. Darren Stoneman - Civil Enforcement Manager

Students got hands-on with the cameras and learned how CCTV is used prevent and solve crime in Plymouth.

Plymouth is a buzzing student city and is close to stunning coastline, secluded beaches and the inspiring Dartmoor National Park. It's the perfect place to be!

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Dazzling blue sea and sky looking back to the mainland from Plymouth Sound