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Full time | University of Winchester | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary


  • Research cutting-edge methods and techniques
  • Opportunity to gain experience in a work placement
  • Prepare for a career in policing, forensic psychology or security

Can you eliminate the impossible to find the truth, however improbable? Whether you’re pursuing a career as a consulting detective or a more conventional route into the world of criminology, Applied Criminology at Winchester equips you with the skills and knowledge to enter your chosen profession.

Explore the fascinating and complex world of crime, deviance, security and insecurity as they relate to careers in crime prevention, detection and security. Develop your understanding of criminological concepts and methods and how they’re used in professional contexts, with opportunities to gain direct experience through a work placement or internship. Complete advanced training in criminological research methods relevant to applied settings, in keeping with our ethos of active and engaged learning.

The Applied Criminology MSc equips you to pursue a career in policing, forensic psychology, or security.


The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of criminological careers, specifically focused around three professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.


Students will study this module in semester 2. The module is an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of original research directed towards a specific professional context. The research will tackle an issue of contemporary relevance to an external organisation working broadly within the criminological field. The project will recognise current debates within the academic and professional literatures and will be based on a sophisticated review of salient literatures. It is expected that the project will contain a substantial amount of original data which will be collected, analysed and presented as part of the project. The finding of the project will be applied to a specific professional context and it is expected that it will conclude with a set of recommendations which address an aspect of current practice. Aspects of the project may be negotiated with an external organisation.

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

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. A related Honours degree is desirable but not essential, as the second semester of the full-time MSc is devoted to developing students' dissertation within a criminal justice environment. This course is ideal for those with an interest in pursuing a criminal justice career in policing, probation, prison work or similar.