Full time - 1 year, Part time - 2 years
Mixed Mode, None
Preston and Online
Taught by those with academic and professional experience in the subject, this course will develop the student’s ability to understand the criminal justice system, at both theoretical and operational levels, from UK and international perspectives. The core module applies social science to explain why crime concentrates in specific places at particular times. Then by analysing social, economic and political influences (including youth, race, gender and media), it explores how different societies attempt to control crime and offenders. This leads the student into examining the constituent parts of the CJS process, exploring the challenges surrounding risk assessment, diversion, sentencing, policing and prisons.
An honours degree at level 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applications are welcome from individuals with non-standard qualifications. Proficiency in the use of spoken and written English is required. Students whose first language is not English will need to meet the University’s English language requirement.
Choose one module from the list below:
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The course is supplemented by other modules, allowing the student flexibility to tailor their course to encompass their individual interests. A key element is ‘research skills’ which provides the student with the skills necessary to engage in a Criminal Justice research project.
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
The course leader is Dr Rebecca Coleman, whose Ph.D. relates to Applied Psychology. An experienced lecturer in the field of Criminal Justice she is also an active researcher, with a specific interest in violent offenders and evidence based policing. She has worked with the Police, Home Office and NGO’s in generating innovative approaches to issues of crime and disorder.
Assisting will be Professor Stuart Kirby. Stuart is a chartered psychologist and following a 30 year career with Lancashire Police, retired as a Detective Chief Superintendent, and joined academia. He is widely published in the field of Policing and Criminal Justice and has extensive research experience. He has also trained and presented to Criminal Justice agencies in Europe, USA, Canada, India, UAE, and Australia.
This course is designed to enhance the development of those already working in the CJS. It is also aimed at developing those who wish to be employed in the diverse field of Criminal Justice or the Security industry.
For those with professional experience those who wish to continue their studies can enrol onto the Professional Doctorate programme.