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Criminology and Criminal Justice - MSc


Solent University School of Business, Law and Communication

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time (Part-time option available)

About the course

Are you fascinated by criminology? Hoping to increase your suitability for higher level positions within the criminal justice sector? Solent University’s postgraduate criminology and criminal justice programme will help you to develop an advanced understanding of the contemporary issues and debates surrounding criminal justice institutions, crime and criminal punishment.

Students on Solent University’s postgraduate criminology and criminal justice programme study the core curriculum alongside a choice of two specialist modules. This chance to specialise is important, helping students to orient their knowledge towards specific roles in the criminal justice sector. 

This programme also encourages students to develop a range of transferable interpersonal and verbal communication skills

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Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in an area related to criminology and/or an equivalent professional qualification.

Other qualifications/experience will be considered if you can also demonstrate graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills.
You must be able to demonstrate that you are capable of undertaking research.


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Student Profile(s)

Jamie Curry, graduate

The MSc course is brilliant and being taught in small groups means that the learning can be tailored to your interests. Everybody has a chance to have their say and engage in the discussions.
"I am currently working for the Hampshire Police Constabulary, and I feel that the MSc will benefit me in the job market.


Ruth Curtis, student

Studying at Solent has been great, particularly given the expertise of the lecturers and the wide-ranging links with criminal justice agencies.
"The MSc has enabled me to build upon my skills and knowledge in a specialised area. I really enjoy the classes as they allow us to debate important issues and the lecturers are always willing to help out with any queries you have.


Paul Stickler, Freelance Lecturer and Researcher in Criminology and ex Police Officer

I found the theory on society and human biological impact on criminal behaviour fascinating and I wish I had been aware of some of this earlier in my career. The tutors were all very helpful and willing to engage in wider debates. Overall, an excellent course which I can recommend to aspiring and established practitioners in the criminal justice area.


Natalia Sabadas, Alumni - Researcher at Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions CIC Limited

The curriculum was structured and developed around contemporary themes in policing such as transnational police cooperation and the fight against terrorism. The research methods and comparative international policing units in particular, offered an array of theoretical insights within the applicability and practical issues surrounding these themes. Such theoretical and practical perspectives have provided me with an insight and the baseline knowledge which I am now able to apply in my current employment.


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