University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online

Criminology and Criminal Psychology

This degree offers an advanced qualification that is designed to equip graduates with a thorough understanding of cutting-edge and important topics within criminology and criminal psychology. Studying for this qualification gives you the opportunity to expand your subject knowledge and build on the skills you have gained during your undergraduate studies. The benefits extend beyond improving your earning potential. If you have not previously studied for a Bachelors degree in criminology, criminal justice or related subjects, this course will provide grounding for a range of specialist careers including hundreds of different roles within the Police Service (from analytical Police Staff roles to serving Police Officers), working with offenders from support workers to probation and prison staff, working within victim services and roles within a variety of law enforcement agencies from the Security Services to the National Crime Agency.

Entry requirements

Academic entry route: An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5.

Work experience entry route: At least 5 years' senior level work experience. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5.

Course modules

Core modules: criminal victimisation (20 credits); applied forensic psychology (20 credits); crime, causation and criminological theory (20 credits); complex criminal investigations (20 credits); practical psychology for policing (20 credits); advanced research methods (20 credits); criminology and criminal psychology thesis (60 credits).

Assessment methods

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment will be based on a combination of written coursework and work on a dissertation or individual project. At the end of your studies, you will submit a 60-credit thesis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study September 2018 GBP 10,608 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

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Online/Distance Learning

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