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Criminal Justice

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

On our MSc Criminal Justice programme you’ll learn from our experts and develop your understanding of Criminal Justice theories and concepts in real-world settings.

This programme is also available as an online distance learning course, which provides high quality learning and teaching combined with flexible study. The award can be completed part-time in 2-3 years, depending on the number of modules taken each year.

You’ll be taught by tutors with academic and professional experience. The course will develop your ability to understand the Criminal Justice System (CJS) at a conceptual and operational level, incorporating UK and international perspectives.

You’ll analyse social, economic and political influences, including youth, race, gender and the media, to explore how different societies attempt to control crime and offenders. Optional modules will enable you to advance your critical analytical skills in the fields of international criminal law, terrorism, open source Internet investigation and multi-agency Early Action Partnerships.

Why study with us

  • Your course leader has worked with the Police, Home Office and Non-Government Organisations in generating innovative approaches to issues of crime and disorder.
  • You will develop the relevant conceptual and analytical tools in order to critically examine the CJS process and explore the challenges around risk assessment, diversion, sentencing, victim support, policing and prisons.
  • Our School is the largest provider of education in this field in the UK.

What you'll do

  • If you’re hoping to be employed by, or already working in the CJS, this course is here to enhance your development.
  • Professional Doctorate programmes are available for those who wish to continue their studies, post this course.
  • Our specialist facilities, laboratories and equipment resources are second to none.

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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Future careers

This programme could develop your career into the diverse field of Criminal Justice or the security industry. 

Our Criminal Justice graduates either complete the course for personal professional development in their current position, and continue with enhanced career prospects, or seek new positions within the UK and international criminal justice context.  Such careers include working in the fields of policing, HMPS, victim support services and other third sector organisations.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Distance Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£7100 per year
Distance Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Distance Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Distance Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£7800 per year
Distance Full-time£14500 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


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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