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Criminal Justice

3-4 Years
September 2022
Blended Learning

The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice provides an alternative award for the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The D.Prof is a unique programme designed for professionals working in the Criminal Justice sector who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners.

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.

This bespoke qualification can be tailored to professional requirements, increasing the potential for personal development and career progression.

The course has two points of entry - Stage One involves undertaking an MSc in Criminal Justice.
Stage Two involves undertaking the Professional Doctorate Thesis, and a level 8 module.
The course is either 4 years full time (1 year MSc + 3 years Professional Doctorate Thesis) or 8 years part time (2 years MSc + 6 years Professional Doctorate Thesis). If students are admitted directly at Stage 2 this will be reduced to 3 years full time or 6 years part time.

Why study with us

  • Online resources 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.   

What you'll do

  • You’ll benefit from established professional links with Lancashire Constabulary and other law enforcement agencies, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • The Professional Doctorate course is delivered by a diverse range of experienced research/practitioner active staff from within the School.
  • You’ll develop a professional approach to research practice in criminal justice by analysing and critiquing the philosophical dimensions of research methodology and the use of current research techniques.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Fees and Funding

Full-time£4600 per year
Part-time£2300 per year
Final year writing-up (first 6 months)£750
Final year writing-up (second 6 months)£1550
Full-timeTo be confirmed per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Justice located in the Faculty of Business and Justice

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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