De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Criminology and Criminal Justice

This is a research degree for senior practitioners/managers in the community and criminal justice (CCJ) sectors (e.g. police, prisons, probation, youth justice and the third sector) who wish to study at doctoral level and develop research skills appropriate for conducting research into practice; this course is an inter professional doctoral where students from across the CCJ sectors together with students from allied health professions study together in the pursuit of knowledge applied to practice; the doctorate enables students, within their own practice area to: engage in a programme of research; develop as an expert practitioner; develop inter professional working, and learn alongside other healthcare practitioners; develop leadership and management expertise including the ability to influence and inform policy making; further their knowledge, understanding and skills in the development and application of anti oppressive research methods and an understanding of diversity in its widest sense.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject; students without an Honours degree and/or those seeking to test their academic skills prior to entry onto the course can apply to take 1 module, or the postgraduate certificate in applied research design (criminology and criminal Justice) either of which, on successful completion, meets the entry requirements for the doctorate; candidates should be working at a senior level in practice or management in the CCJ sector and have the support of their employer to enrol onto the doctorate; candidates are required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Course modules

Criminological research; research dilemmas and strategies; qualitative and quantitative methods; advanced statistics and data analysis; research into practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment in phase 1 is via a number of different methods including assignments, presentations, and research proposals. In addition students are also required to develop and maintain a scholarly portfolio supported by their supervisory team.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional doctorate Part-time September 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Campus Leicester LE1 9BH East Midlands

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