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Criminology and Criminal Psychology, MSc

Criminology and Criminal Psychology, MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Criminology Criminal Psychology Criminal Law

Course type


Course Summary

This master’s degree equips you with a deep understanding of the concepts, theories, methods and principles central to criminology and criminal psychology.

By studying Criminology and Criminal Psychology, you'll learn about the changing nature of psychology, law and criminology, and how to apply your knowledge in the forensic and legal arenas. The course will develop your ability to relate theory to practice with its broad coverage of criminological, forensic and psychological approaches to crime. Specific modules include criminal investigative psychology, crime theory, social forensic psychology, and crime, terrorism and the state.

The MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology will open a diverse range of career paths. Once you graduate, you will be well-placed for employment in public, private, and/or criminal justice work, or criminal, legal, and forensic psychological work.


In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. You'll be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions. Contact hours are likely to fall between 9am and 9pm but this depends on your elective courses and tutorials.


On this course, students are assessed by coursework and presentations. Some psychology modules may also include exams. There are also practice assessments, which help you to monitor your own progress and make continual improvement.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Many of our graduates already have careers, but some seek promotion or change roles within the same organisation. Others join the criminal justice system (police, courts, probation, prisons), work in security, intelligence, research or for a charitable or commercial organisation.

Different course options

Full time | University of Greenwich (Greenwich Campus) | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The overarching aim of this module will be to investigate the contribution of psychology to the understanding of the development and maintenance of criminal behaviour. This will be accomplished by examining the psychological theories of criminal behaviour, many of which are incorporated into contemporary criminological theories. This module will also critically analyse the psychological aspects of criminal behaviour and examine the extent to which this behaviour is reliably predictable. By the end of the module it should also be clear that psychology plays and essential role in understanding the prevention of, and desistance from, criminal behaviour.

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

You should have a UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or an equivalent qualification - both level and grade - from a recognised non-UK university) in criminology or a related discipline.

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