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MSc in Psychology: Legal and Criminological

If you have a background in psychology, sociology or criminology, our MSc course is ideal for gaining deeper insight into Legal and Criminological Psychology. You'll develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics in forensic settings.

We will look at ways to work with prison populations, explore the criminal justice system and you'll have the chance to examine practice and research from theoretical perspectives. To learn more about how Legal and Criminological Psychology affects our lives, sign up for our programme!

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course, please contact us for further details.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.

Selection criteria

Applicants need an honours degree at 2:2 or above in Psychology or Social Science.


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Program content

  • Criminal Psych, Offender Behaviour and Criminal Justice System
  • Working with Specialist Populations
  • Research skills and methods
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Studies
  • Negotiated Learning
  • Dissertation

Program delivery

Teaching is done through a variety of blended learning and campus-based activities explicitly designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts.

Tuition

  • Home students Tuition Fees: £6,000 per year
  • Overseas studentsTuition Fees: £12,800 per year

Continuing studies

You may also wish to continue your academic career by undertaking a PhD in either criminology or psychology.

Career paths

There is a wide range of careers this MSc will be useful for. You could work with the National Crime Agency, prison drug services, the probation service and offender management. Your degree will be well suited for working with victims of domestic violence, as a mentor for young people coming out of prison, and youth offending organisations.

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University of Cumbria

We are the University of Cumbria, where the impossible is made possible. A distinct university in a unique place that has inspired generations to conquer the problems of their age. Pioneers of mountaineering, art, literature and conservation all started here. Now...


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Why study at University of Cumbria

Why choose Cumbria?

  • We are ranked 8th in the World and 1st in the UK for Quality Education (SDG4) (Times Higher University IMPACT Rankings 2020
  • We are rated amongst the best in the UK for graduate employability, with 96% of our graduates in employment or undertaking further study within 15 months of graduating (Higher Education Statistic Agency, HESA, 2020)
  • We have one of the top 8 Law Schools in England (according to the Guardian University Rankings 2020)
  • With Cumbria, you can study at a University that keeps you safe and supports you every step of the way

We are a University born of pioneers:

Pioneers of Art

  • Our Institute of the Arts has produced a number of movers and shakers in the cultural and creative industries sectors, including a Turner Prize winner (the highest accolade available to a British Artist)

Pioneers of Education

  • We are highly rated as a supplier of teachers regionally and nationally, our reputation is built on an exceptional legacy of education training spanning over 100 years,
  • The legacy of Charlotte Mason, a world-renowned educator who lived in Ambleside at the turn of the 19th Century, lives on within Cumbria, as evidenced by our performance in the Times Higher (World) University Impact Rankings 2020.
  • The Charlotte Mason method is based on her firm belief that a child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just their mind. A Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”
  • The Charlotte Mason method and philosophy forms the basis of the USA approach to Home School, which is widely used throughout the USA to this very day.

Pioneers of Conservation

  • As a University, we also house the National School of Forestry, on our Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Centre, where students learn the science and art of conserving and sustainably managing trees, woods and forests
  • Cumbria’s natural habitats support 25% of all species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and 80% of our coastline is classified as being of international wildlife importance. Our Conservation courses are so unique due to the practical use of these priceless natural resources.
  • Our planet needs woodland ecologists and conservation graduates to secure its future, and so, we’ve designed courses (such as Woodland Ecology and Conservation, Marine and Freshwater Conservation and Forestry Management) for people who are passionate about protecting woodlands and the future of the earth

Pioneers of Mountaineering

  • As a sport, rock climbing is generally accepted as having started in the Lake District in the 1800s. This was soon followed by the formation of the early clubs, with the early British pioneers making bold and epic ascents in the Alps and other areas of the Continent. The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was formed in 1857.
  • Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, is located in the middle of the Lake District in Cumbria. This mountain is nearly 978 meters tall and the summit stretches along for 100 miles; on a crystal clear day, you get a panoramic view of Wales, Scotland, and even Ireland
  • World-famous mountaineer Simon Yates recently led an online interactive panel at the University of Cumbria to explore big questions about some of the country’s best and most loved landscapes. A team of experts were at the ready to answer crucial queries about our national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Pioneers of Digital Health

  • The piloting by UoC in the summer of 2017 of a new “tele-triage” scheme has helped reduce the number of elderly patients admitted to hospital; the scheme makes use of high definition iPads which are issued to the care homes. Instead of dialing 111 when a resident falls ill, trained staff will be able to contact a senior nurse at any time of day or night. The iPad’s camera - together with information provided by staff who’ll be trained to take blood pressure, oxygen saturation levels and temperature - will enable the nurse to help diagnose and recommend treatment.

Pioneers of Literature

  • Taylor Swift sings that our beautiful Cumbrian fells are where poets come to die but, as she found out, here is where they come to write.
  • Cumbria and the Lake District are the birthplaces or home of choice to some of the UK's most famous writers including none other than children's book author and creator of the famous Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter, poet William Wordsworth, Sir Samuel Coleridge, walking guide writer Alfred Wainwright, author and broadcaster Sir Melvyn Bragg, writer and philosopher John Ruskin, author Arthur Ransome, and writer and creator of our beloved Postman Pat - John Cunliffe. So, as a writer (or songwriter) you will be in good company.
  • Not only is William Wordsworth one of the most influential British poets in terms of the development of poetic language, but his insights regarding the importance of living in harmony with the natural environment also seem to speak more powerfully to us today than ever before. the poet was also one of the first environmental campaigners.

Our areas of expertise

Art / Design / Media

  • Be part of a dynamic, creative and supportive global community and make the impossible happen
  • Develop the flexible and entrepreneurial skills that are in demand worldwide to succeed as a confident, forward-thinking practitioner in today’s constantly shifting cultural landscape

Business/(Project) Management/Leadership

  • Engage with experts with international reputations in the field of sustainability and leadership
  • Be empowered through imaginative practical assignments and be challenged to take action
  • Contribute to the debate around leadership and sustainability as instruments and concepts to affect social change
  • Experience a personal transformation and develop skills that will help you to excel in the globally competitive marketplace

Conservation /Forestry/Geography/Outdoors

  • Embrace adventure and inspiration at the only UK campus in a National Park and UNESCO site, minutes from epic mountain trails and Lake Windermere for a study experience like no other on the planet.
  • Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on a course where the Lake District – one of the UK’s oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom.
  • Learning and living in this inspiring environment, you’ll be discovering many of the UK’s most iconic and endangered wildlife, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here.
  • Explore a future career as a sustainable leader as climate disruption increases
  • Our leading world-renowned researchers will help you develop the skills you need to excel in a globally competitive workplace.
  • We have the ultimate outdoor research lab to explore exciting questions, awesome landscapes, diverse habitats and ancient woodlands. Crammed with valleys, mountains and lakes where better in the UK to study geography, conservation, outdoor studies and forestry.

Health

  • Be more than you thought possible. We equip you with all you need to become a world changer lifesaver, caregiver or influencer and make someone’s day, every day.
  • Care for others and change the world around you every day.

Law

  • Study Law at a modern, forward-thinking, practice-oriented Law School, taught by nationally and internationally renowned solicitors
  • Gain vital professional insights and hands-on legal experience working with clients and law firms in real cases
  • Access and use our unique virtual Law clinic platform to develop digital lawyering skills to boost your awareness and application of legal ethics, professional values and responsibility

OT/Physiotherapy/Sports Rehab

  • Study these globally respected, high demand professions to help people worldwide to improve the quality of their lives
  • Small class sizes, an excellent balance between academic skills and hands-on practice, fantastic facilities and individual support and guidance, make Cumbria the stand-out choice
  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you will be eligible to apply for registration to practice in the UK upon successful completion of the course

Teacher Training

  • Make a career change; make a difference to the world you live in
  • Make a positive difference locally, nationally and internationally
  • A career that gives you the power to inspire a whole generation, worldwide
  • Train to Teach at one of the UK’s largest and most effective providers of teacher training

Contact info

University of Cumbria

Fusehill Street
CA1 2HH Carlisle
UK


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