Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students on this interdisciplinary course gain an understanding of key contemporary issues and debates surrounding criminal justice institutions, crime and punishment. Topics include how to connect criminological theory with contemporary developments such as globalisation, and examination of the various issues in the international study of criminology. Students develop their knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues involved in research, learn about quantitative and qualitative investigative techniques and the broader epistemological framework, and build awareness of a range of methodologies.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or professional experience with a successful interview and evidence of academic capability; international students are required to show evidence of their English level as part of their entry requirements.

Course modules

Modules include: contemporary and comparative criminology; contemporary and comparative criminal justice; project design and professional development; methods of inquiry in the human sciences; master's project/dissertation. 2 options run (subject to demand) from the following: contemporary penology; comparative legal systems; comparative international policing; political violence, terrorism and security; researching historic and 'true crime'; drugs, crime and justice.

Assessment methods

Students participate in group work, independent writing and research, group projects and discussions. Students are assessed via a number of 3,500-word assignments and individual and group presentations, in addition to a 20,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,020 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Southampton Solent University Southampton SO14 0YN South East

Key information

Postgraduate course information
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023 8201 5066