University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Criminal Justice (Distance Learning)

This course provides you with a unique, flexible approach to studying which allows you to not only choose the units and subject areas you study, but to determine the award you exit with through your choice. Through more than 15 units, this framework allows you to shape your studies to your own interests, developing your knowledge and understanding through your choice of units and dissertation topic. The subject areas available to study are: Criminology Criminal Justice Security Management Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Cybercrime Criminal Psychology Crime Science International Justice (Distance learning only) Policing and Leadership (Distance learning only) Intelligence (in combination only) Victimology

Entry requirements

MSc: An honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed subject specialism. Please check the course details online for information about subject specialisms that can be supported. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in Reading and Writing components.

Course modules

You will study for this course by following one of the two available routes, depending on whether you want to study, and be recognised for, one or two subject areas. Whichever route you choose, you will also study the Research Methods and Research Ethics unit. This unit will enable you to both develop and add to your research skills, through the use of specialist research workshops, and help prepare you for completing your dissertation. Route A Route A allows you to focus on one subject area from the list above, studying a core unit and specialist option relevant to that subject area. Route A also gives you the option to study a unit from outside that subject area, should you want to broaden you knowledge even further. For example, if you are interested in Criminal Psychology, but want to take one of the units specific to Criminal Justice, this framework will allow you to do so. Route B Route B allows you to combine two of the subject areas in your studies, and this will be reflected in the degree title awarded. For example, if you have an interest in Crime Science but also in Cybercrime, you can study both subjects and exit with an MSc in Crime Science and Cybercrime.

Assessment methods

You can study this course as a campus-based or distance-learning student, tailoring your learning to suit your own needs. The DL course is facilitated through interactive and engaging online materials, whilst still being a part of the University of Portsmouth student and research community. Assessment is based upon a range of written assignments including essays, case study, a literature review and research proposal focused on your chosen project. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation. For each assignment full academic support is provided by an academic subject expert and you will be provided with academic supervisor once you have identified your dissertation subject area.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2018 2,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

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