Kingston University

Kingston University

Criminological Psychology

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of why individuals engage in criminal activities and how psychology can be applied in the investigation, detection and judicial fields as well as its utility in managing offenders. It demonstrates how criminological and psychological theories may be applied in order to provide explanations for crime causation, how to manage offenders and reduce offending behaviour. Psychological techniques are also considered in their application to criminal investigations and detection methods and improvement of the provision of evidence. Course content includes the application of psychology to the explanation of criminal behaviour, investigative techniques, the improvement of crime detection, and its relevance to specific areas within the judicial process, such as the provision of eyewitness testimony and jury decision-making.

Entry requirements

2nd Class Honours degree from a cognate social science discipline or equivalent professional qualifications in a relevant area; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 all elements.

Course modules

Modules include: theoretical perspectives and the deconstruction of criminal behaviour; psychology of the investigative and judicial process.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through essays, case study and research reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,950 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penrhyn Road Campus Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE South East

Key information

Applicant Services
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0844 855 2177