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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Criminal Law Criminology

Course type


Course Summary

Taught by those with academic and professional experience in the subject, this course will develop the student’s ability to understand the criminal justice system, at both theoretical and operational levels, from UK and international perspectives. The core module applies social science to explain why crime concentrates in specific places at times. Then by analysing social, economic and political influences (including youth, race, gender and media), it explores how different societies attempt to control crime and offenders. This leads the student into examining the constituent parts of the CJS process, exploring the challenges surrounding risk assessment, diversion, sentencing, policing and prisons.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course leader is Dr Rebecca Coleman, whose Ph.D. relates to Applied Psychology. An experienced lecturer in the field of Criminal Justice she is also an active researcher, with a specific interest in violent offenders and evidence-based policing. She has worked with the Police, Home Office and NGO’s in generating innovative approaches to issues of crime and disorder.


This course is designed to enhance the development of those already working in the CJS. It is also aimed at developing those who wish to be employed in the diverse field of Criminal Justice or the Security industry.

Progression Routes

For those with professional experience those who wish to continue their studies can enrol onto the Professional Doctorate programme.

Different course options

Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



FZ4707 MSc Dissertation - Core
FZ4701 Research methods for Crime and Crim. Justice - Core
FZ4725 Organisational Development and partnerships - Core
FZ4729 Research in practice - Core
FZ4730 Criminal Justice ? An international perspective - Core
FZ 4728 Decision making - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need an honours degree at level 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applications are welcome from individuals with non-standard qualifications.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more