University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Criminology and Criminal Psychology

If you want to examine how the science of psychology can further our understanding of offending behaviour and how psychological knowledge is utilised in improving policing and victim services, as well as those working with offenders in order to reduce re-offending, this course will be of interest to you.

Entry requirements

A 2nd-Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with a strong profile of relevant professional qualifications and experience and/or training within a security, police, military or security management department able to demonstrate academic ability to achieve postgraduate level, will be considered. Applicants must have studied at least an introduction to psychology at Higher Education level. 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 units: Criminology past and present (30 credits); psychology and offending behaviour (30 credits); investigation and psychology (30 credits); research methods and research management (30 credits); 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

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, and finally 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 8299