Overview

If you're interested in the study of crime and its related fields – and you want to learn more about the challenges facing politicians, policy makers and practitioners – then our Postgraduate Flexible Framework is for you.

On this course, you'll get to choose the subject areas and modules you study, and customise your own postgraduate degree with us. You'll be able to study full-time, part-time, or through distance-learning, and the modules and subjects you choose will determine which award title you'll eventually graduate with.

As well as learning core concepts such as research methods and ethics, you'll be able to specialise in one or two subjects – including Cybercrime, Criminology, and Criminal Psychology.

Postgraduate Flexible Framework

This course is part of the MSc Criminal Justice Postgraduate Flexible Framework.

The Flexible Framework allows you to customise your postgraduate degree. The modules and subjects you choose will determine which award title you graduate with. To view the other module options open to you, visit the subject pages below.

The additional Core Subjects you can choose from include:

  • Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption
  • Crime Science
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Cybercrime (Campus learning only)
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Intelligence (in combination only)
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Policing, Policy & Leadership (Distance learning only)
  • Security Management
  • Victimology (Distance learning only)

You'll also complete a major project or dissertation of your choice, with the support of expert staff and researchers who are active in the field.

Our MSc Criminal Justice degree course offers you two routes of study, depending on your preferences and career goals:

Route A

In addition to Criminal Justice, and your research methods study, you'll study a relevant Specialist Option. You'll only be able to study a Specialist Option if enough other students elect to take the option in question. You'll also have a free choice to study any other available option.

Route B

In addition to Criminal Justice, and your research methods study, you'll study one additional Core Module from the list above, and a relevant Specialist Option from one of your Core Subjects. You'll only be able to study a Specialist Option if enough other students elect to take the option in question.

What you’ll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from an experienced team of criminal justice specialists in our Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Draw on the expertise and facilities in our Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Hear from guest speakers who are professionals in the criminal justice field
  • Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspaper

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 module worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Research Methods
  • Research Ethics

You'll study for this course by following one of the two available routes described above, depending on whether you want to study, and be recognised for, one or two subject areas.

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.

Programme Assessment​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • individual and group projects
  • online materials

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case study
  • literature review
  • research proposal
  • dissertation or major project

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Criminal Justice degree?

On this course you'll learn skills that apply to several career choices in areas such as:

  • Policing (as an officer or civilian staff)
  • Crime analysis
  • Probation
  • The courts and prison service
  • Local authorities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Military
  • Civil Service
  • Academia and research
  • Charities
  • Private industry
MSc, MSc Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0. 

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