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MSc Criminal Justice

University of Portsmouth
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2021

September 2021

Program description

MSc Criminal Justice

If you're interested in criminal justice – government policy, the penal process or the response of criminal justice systems to offending – then this MSc Criminal Justice Master’s degree is for you.

On this course, you'll focus on disadvantaged communities and groups, and their treatment by and within the criminal justice system. You’ll debate key issues such as policing, sentencing and types of punishment.

You can study the course full or part-time, on campus or through distance learning.

Admission requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong and relevant work experience will be considered.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Program content

Core modules

  • Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Research Methods and Research Ethics
  • Research Design and Ethics
  • Research Methods

Relevant specialist options

  • Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Green Criminology and Wildlife Crime
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • Managing Investigations
  • Managing Justice and Security Organisations
  • Missing Persons
  • Policing Communities
  • Rehabilitation and Desistence from Crime
  • Substance Misuse, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience

Other modules available

  • Applied Forensic Science
  • Countering Fraud and Corruption
  • Crime Science
  • Crisis Management and Governance
  • Cybercrime: Critical Perspectives
  • Forensic Investigation
  • International and Transnational Offending
  • International Criminal Justice
  • International Fraud and Corruption
  • Key Criminological Approaches: Past and Present
  • Managing Intelligence
  • Psychology and Offending Behaviour
  • Security Management
  • Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Professional Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • 2 years part-time (distance learning)

Tuition fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £9,200
  • Part time: £4,600 per year
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year

International students

  • Full time: £15,500
  • Part time: £7,750 per year
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year

Career opportunities

What can you do with a Criminal Justice degree?

On this course you'll learn skills that apply to several career choices in areas such as:

  • Policing (as an officer or civilian staff)
  • Crime analysis
  • Probation
  • The courts and prison service
  • Local authorities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Military
  • Civil Service
  • Academia and research
  • Charities
  • Private industry

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About this institute

University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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