Criminology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Using our strong links with a wide range of bodies, you’ll be offered opportunities to collaborate on projects with organisations such as Gloucestershire Constabulary, Restorative Gloucestershire, community groups – as well as business partnerships active in crime prevention and reduction initiatives, and charities providing support and training around issues such as domestic homicide, stalking and sexual violence.

Participate in the work of one of our specialist groups: the Homicide Research Group, the Sexual Violence Research Group, or the Prisons Research Group. For instance, students in SVRG have reviewed historical case files on sexual offences for a police force, and contributed expertise to a local authority initiative on sexual violence service provision for men and boys. Working on such ‘real-world’ challenges can open up opportunities for your dissertation topic and your chosen career.

This degree also offers you the opportunity to join a residential field trip to explore a specialist theme such as community policing or restorative justice – recent destinations have included Belfast, Bosnia and Toronto*.


  • Applied Criminology
  • Public Protection
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Cybercriminology
  • International Security
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Work-based Research Project

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Study style

Learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips and projects. Assessment consists of coursework, research reports, presentations and dissertation.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

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


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6700
Postgraduate Diploma £5000
Postgraduate Certificate £2500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700
Postgraduate Diploma £9800
Postgraduate Certificate £4900

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Police officer or staff, youth justice, prison service, diversionary schemes
  • Victim support organisations
  • Crime analyst
  • Housing, community, development, and work with ex-offenders.
  • Research and evaluation including advanced further study

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Students with local police

Work on live projects with partner organisations

Benefit from our relationships to work on live projects.  We have links with police forces, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Restorative Gloucestershire, community organisations active in crime prevention such as Gloucester City Safe, and charities providing support and training to victims of crime and the professionals who support them.

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Sexual Violence Research Group

Students are encouraged to join one of our Research Groups. The Sexual Violence Research Group works on projects to improve sexual violence responses.  We have delivered a report for a Police Force on learning from a detailed review of case files, and contributed expertise to a local authority initiative on sexual violence service provision for men and boys.  We have a healthy pipeline of projects for the future, all of which will create real, practical applications and improvements.  SVRG gives students and staff the opportunity to work together, develop skills, create employability related contacts and experiences, forge links with professionals and impact on current practices.


Homicide Research Group

The Homicide Research Group works with organisations and charities to produce research which can help reduce or prevent homicide. We have already produced a report for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust which has been influential in assessing risk in stalking cases. Currently, we are working with AAFDA to produce a report for the Home Office which will look at family involvement in Domestic Homicide Reviews. We are also working with the Police and Crime Commissioner in Sussex to produce a stalking response model. These and other exciting and impactful projects are giving students valuable experience, and helping victims and organisations develop their practice and policies.

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