Criminal Justice

1 Year
September 2024
In Person

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.

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.
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Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

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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Academic expertise

Dr Emily Cooper
Senior Lecturer
School of Law and Policing

Emily is a member of the teaching teams in Policing. A geographer by background, Emily's PhD explored the geographies and regulation of sex work, She has led numerous collaborative projects with police forces and partner organisations relating to sex work and sexual exploitatio…

Professor Sarah Kingston
Professor of Criminal Justice and Policing
School of Law and Policing

Sarah’s research interests focus on gender, sexuality, sex crimes and sex work. In particular, her research has primarily focused on prostitution policy, women clients of commercial sex, the policing of sex work, and community attitudes and responses to prostitution. Sarah has b…

Future careers

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

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Distance Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year
Distance Full-time£9,000 per year
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

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