University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Criminology and Criminal Justice

This established programme allows you to develop your understanding of criminological theories of offending and the extent of crime, enabling you to critically examine the role and function of the criminal justice and penal policy process, and the criminal justice policy-making context, in England and Wales. It has been specifically designed for graduates of criminology or other related degrees, for those with criminal justice career aspirations or those already working in the criminal justice arena at all levels.

Entry requirements

A 2nd-Class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or training within the police or other criminal justice organisation. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components.

Course modules

You will study the following core modules: Criminology past and present (30 credits); criminal justice (30 credits); research methods and research management (30 credits); 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits). Option modules may include: Policing and police reform (campus-based only); substance misuse, crime and the criminal justice system (campus-based only); risk, dangerousness and vulnerability: managing public protection (campus-based only); investigation and psychology (distance learning only); managing justice and security organisations (distance learning only); countering fraud and corruption in public and private sectors (distance learning only); international and transnational offending.

Assessment methods

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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 3607