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Criminal Justice MSc/DProf

Criminal Justice MSc/DProf

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Online Only

Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years (1 year Masters+2 years Professional Doctorate). Part-time: Six years (2 years Masters + 4years Professional Doctorate).

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Online Only

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc/DProf

Why study this programme?

The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice develops current and aspiring criminal justice professionals to operate confidently at a strategic level, providing skills to drive evidence-based change and improve criminal justice performance. You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminal justice and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

The bespoke qualification can be tailored to professional requirements, thereby increasing the potential for personal development and career progression. Online resources also provide the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, within a guided and structured framework. The course is taught by lecturers with frontline experience in criminal justice organisations and those who are research active in this area.   

Entry Requirements

To embark upon Doctoral study students are expected to show previous aptitude for research. This is most often illustrated by the previous award of a good degree (2:1 or above). However it is acknowledged that some students will not be in possession of such a qualification and the interview will explore their potential to successfully complete the programme. They need to demonstrate they are or have been active in professional practice in the area of criminal justice.

Students with an undergraduate degree will commence at Stage 1 of the Professional Doctorate programme.

Holders of a relevant Master’s degree (Pass) may enter directly at Stage Two of the Professional Doctorate programme, subject to an interview.

If you do not possess a relevant Master’s degree but want to progress to the Professional Doctorate programme at Stage 2, UCLan and other universities provide a considerable choice on relevant Master’s degrees. Please speak to the course leader for further information.

Applicants will be required to have a minimum level of proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS grade 6.5 with no sub score lower than 6.0.

ALL applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance on the course and if appropriate an AP(E)L application will be considered.

Two references will be required. 

Programme at a Glance

Full Time


Stage One

Criminal Justice- An International Perspective (C) - Year long


Semester 1

  • Organisational development and partnerships (C)
  • Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century (O)
  • International Criminal Law and Security (O)

Semester 2

  • Research in Practice (C)
  • Decision making (C)
  • Research methods for Crime and Criminal Justice (C)

Block

  • Open Source Internet Investigation (O)


Award: MSc Criminal Justice: Requires 180 credits at Level 7 (must include FZ4730 and FZ4701)



Stage Two

Year 2 and 3

Thesis (C) - Year long

Semester 1

Doctoral Study and Reflective Practice (C)

Award - Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice- DProf

Part Time


Stage One

Criminal Justice- An International Perspective (C) - Year long

Semester 1


  • Organisational development and partnerships (C)
  • Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century (O)
  • International Criminal Law and Security (O)

Semester 2

  • Research in Practice (C) - Year 2
  • Decision making (C) - Year 2
  • Research methods for Crime and Criminal Justice (C) - Year 1

Block

  • Open Source Internet Investigation (O) - Year 2


Year 2

  • MSc Dissertation (Comp)

Stage Two

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Doctoral Study and Reflective Practice (C) - Semester 1
Thesis (C) - Year Long

Award: Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice- DProf

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The Professional Doctorate is designed for students who intend to further their research careers and develop their professional skills essential to their career progression. We encourage students to record their journey at UCLan, which will provide the student with a permanent record of all their achievements during their time at UCLan. The Professional Doctorate is designed to augment students in developing their careers through the following routes:

  • To develop a career as an independent researcher;
  • To undertake research projects in a particular research setting that you may work in already (or propose to work in), or be associated to in some capacity;
  • To engage with other professionals in various criminal justice fields;
  • To enhance your career prospects as a researching professional with the ability to contribute to new practice through the generation of original knowledge;
  • To enter into a career within academia.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: Stage 1 - MSc Criminal Justice - 1 Year (£6,000) Stage 2 - Professional Doctorate research thesis (DProf) - 2 years (£8242)
Part-time: Stage 1 - MSc Criminal Justice - 2 years (£6,000) Stage 2 - Professional Doctorate research thesis (DProf) - 4 years (£8,000)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Expressions of interest to be submitted by the 26th August 2016 for the 2016/17

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

Established professional links with Lancashire Constabulary and other law enforcement agencies, regionally, nationally and internationally.Mixed skill set within Prof Doc students provides a great networking experience.

  • Youth Offending Teams
  • National Health Service
  • Local Government
  • Prisons
  • National Crime Agency
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
  • Good links with Poland, Prague, Budapest and Netherlands law enforcement agencies.

The Professional Doctorate course is delivered by a diverse range of experienced research/practitioner active staff from within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences and other schools. In addition specialist staff such as those from the University Learning Information Service may contribute to modules where their particular expertise will enhance your learning experience.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Extensive resources are available to support your studies (ie SPSS) provided by LIS- library and IT staff.
LIS provide access to a huge range of electronic resources - e-journals and databases, eBooks, images and texts. As this course is exclusively online, the programme will make extensive use of Blackboard (eLearn), which promotes access to a variety of resources and materials designed to meet the learning needs of distance learning students.

The course team is led by Professor Stuart Kirby, Ph.D., C.Psychol. Stuart served within Lancashire Police between 1977 – 2007 in a variety of uniform and detective roles retiring as Detective Chief Superintendent, Specialist Crime and Operations Division. Since then he has worked at Lancaster University and latterly at The University of Central Lancashire. His Ph.D. was on the subject of Child Sex Offenders and he has conducted research and published widely in the area of policing, crime reduction, and serious and organised crime. He has also designed and presented Criminal Justice lectures and programmes to academic audiences and Criminal Justice Agencies in the UK and internationally (Europe, UAE, India, North America, Australia).

The Professional Doctorate course is delivered by a diverse range of experienced research/practitioner active staff from within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences and other schools. You can access information (e.g. about staff research interest and publications) via staff profiles (available through the appropriate School web pages). In addition specialist staff such as those from the University Learning Information Service may contribute to modules where their particular expertise will enhance your learning experience