Full-time: Three years (1 year Masters+2 years Professional Doctorate). Part-time: Six years (2 years Masters + 4years Professional Doctorate).
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston and Online
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.
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.
Criminal Justice- An International Perspective (C) - Year long
Award: MSc Criminal Justice: Requires 180 credits at Level 7 (must include FZ4730 and FZ4701)
Year 2 and 3
Thesis (C) - Year long
Doctoral Study and Reflective Practice (C)
Award - Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice- DProf
Criminal Justice- An International Perspective (C) - Year long
Doctoral Study and Reflective Practice (C) - Semester 1
Thesis (C) - Year Long
Award: Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice- DProf
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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:
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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.
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.
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