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MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology

MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Criminal Psychology Criminology

Course type


Course Summary

Develop your skills in leading complex criminal investigations, improve your skills in making reasoned arguments and rational decisions, and deepen your understanding of a range of key criminological theories, practices and perspectives in order to improve your potential impact within a policing, prison, probation or other criminal justice setting.

Our criminology Masters helps you take advantage of the new opportunities available within psychology, as well as making you aware of how new and growing challenges can be addressed. You’ll delve into a range of specialist topics such as:

  • the sociological approach to crime, criminology and criminological theory
  • the role of forensic psychology in manging mentally disordered offenders
  • the status of the victim throughout the criminal process
  • the historic relationship between psychology and policing, and what this means for modern policing
  • critical assessment of complex criminal investigations in accordance with national standards.

Towards the end of your degree, you will produce an original piece of research on the topic of your choice within criminology and criminal psychology, conducting research retrieval and thorough analysis of the issue and presenting it effectively. Throughout the course you will debate course content with fellow professionals, improving your skills in critical reasoning, communication and leadership, all of which will enhance your potential in future roles related to criminology.

Your future

Senior roles within criminal justice are often a career objective for our criminology graduates. Many go on to serve as analytical police staff or police officers, or in offender support, probation, prison and victim services. The course will also be useful for those seeking employment within security services and the National Crime Agency.

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Study mode



24 months

Start date



This module provides students with an opportunity to conduct an original research project on a topic of interest, aligned to a relevant area within criminology or criminal psychology. Students will submit a research proposal in their research methods module and this proposal will be used to identify an appropriate member of staff to act as the student’s supervisor. The module is 36 weeks in duration and by the end of the module successful students will have produced a piece of research whether this be by primary or secondary methodologies, which will be commensurate of a masters level piece of independent work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For Academic Entry Route: minimum an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification. For Work Experience Route: at least five years’ senior level work experience.