University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Criminal Justice

Overview If you're interested in the study of crime and its related fields - and you want to learn more about the challenges facing politicians, policy makers and practitioners - then our Postgraduate Flexible Framework is for you. On this course, you'll get to choose the subject areas and units you study, and customise your own postgraduate degree with us. You'll be able to study full-time, part-time, or through distance-learning, and the units and subjects you choose will determine which award title you'll eventually graduate with. As well as learning core concepts such as research methods and ethics, you'll be able to specialise in one or two subjects - including Cybercrime, Criminology, and Criminal Psychology. What you'll experience As well as the core elements of the course, you can choose to specialise in the following subjects: Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Crime Science Criminal Psychology Criminology Cybercrime (Campus learning only) Intelligence (in combination only) International Criminal Justice (Distance learning only; campus study from 2019) Policing, Policy & Leadership (Distance learning only) Security Management Victimology (Distance learning only) You'll also complete a major project or dissertation of your choice, with the support of expert staff and researchers who are active in the field. Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities On this course you'll learn skills that apply to several career choices in areas such as: Policing (as an officer or civilian staff) Crime analysis Probation The courts and prison service Local authorities Cybersecurity Military Civil Service Academia and research Charities Private industry

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 no component score below 6.0.

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 Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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