Criminology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

On this programme, modules on specialist academic themes explore issues at the forefront of contemporary criminology. You will engage with tasks such as Rapid Evidence Assessment, or analysing historical case file materials on sexual offences, thus developing valuable skills for working in relevant areas of public sector or third sector organisations.

You will also undertake a work-based research project. This will normally be focused on current concerns and the needs of a host organisation, and you will collect and examine evidence that can be used to shape effective professional practice. This work benefits from our strong links with a wide range of bodies offering opportunities for collaboration.

You will be encouraged and supported to enrich your learning beyond the formal curriculum, helping you to explore ideas for your dissertation and opportunities for your future career. You are invited to participate in the work of the Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection, including the Homicide Research Group and the Sexual Violence Research Group.There are also fieldtrips – both within the UK and overseas.

The MSc in Criminology is suitable for students wishing to extend their knowledge and skills gained in an undergraduate degree in criminology, or in another social sciences discipline.


  • Applied Criminology
  • Work-based Research Project
  • Public Protection
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Restorative Justice
  • International Security
  • Issues in Sexual Offending
  • Cyber Criminology
  • Policing Communities
  • Dissertation

Study style

Assessment is through coursework, research reports, presentations and a dissertation.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent qualification, or relevant professional experience
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
Postgraduate Diploma £4200
Postgraduate Certificate £2100
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840
Postgraduate Diploma £9250
Postgraduate Certificate £4600

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Police officer or staff
  • Youth justice and prison service
  • Diversionary schemes
  • Victim support organisations
  • Crime analyst
  • Housing, community, development, and work with ex-offenders.

Students with local police

Work on live projects with partner organisations

Benefits from our relationships to work on live projects.  We have links with public bodies (such as Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire and Restorative Gloucestershire), community organisations active in crime prevention, and charities providing support and training around issues such as domestic violence and homicide.

students with american police

Fieldtrips in the UK and abroad

Attend field visits to criminal justice or community institutions, including prisons. There will be the opportunity to attend a residential field trip to explore a specialist theme such as community policing or restorative justice – recent trips have included Belfast, Cornwall and Toronto, Canada.


Research-active teaching staff

Benefit from the experience of our research-active teaching team and underpin your knowledge with the very latest theory and techniques.

Contact us

Find out more about our courses

Call +44 (0)3330 141414