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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 particular 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.


The course is supplemented by other modules allowing the student flexibility to tailor their course to encompass their individual interests. A key element is ‘research skills’ which provides the student with the skills necessary to engage in a Criminal Justice research project.


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.

Visit the Criminal Justice - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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