Are you fascinated by criminology? Hoping to increase your suitability for higher level positions within the criminal justice sector? Southampton 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.
- The course is delivered by an experienced course team with established links to criminal justice agencies, private businesses and charities. - The teaching team are active researchers and have contributed internationally renowned research projects. - Students study contemporary and comparative criminology, criminal justice and essential human science research skills. - Students can also tailor the degree to their own unique career ambitions, picking from optional units in penology, international policing, historic crime, drugs and terror security. - Optional study trips are available throughout the year, including an unfunded visit to the USA. - The course concludes with a final research project, where students will research and write a unique dissertation under the guidance of a specialist supervisor. - Many students focus their dissertation on the area of criminology in which they would like to work, using it to demonstrate their knowledge to employers after graduation. - Students benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-one support.
The industry -
Whether you want to work in the social support and welfare sector, in the justice system or with relevant charities - your understanding of criminology and criminal justice will give you the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
This is an essential degree for many careers in these sectors, but can also help with a range of roles in other industries. These include various applied and research-based roles that focus on helping people with social or personal issues and supporting the rehabilitation of offenders.
The programme -
Students on Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate criminology and criminal justice programme study the core curriculum alongside a choice of two specialist units. 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 through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews and group work. These competencies are valued in a wide range of industries.
To find out more about the content of each specific unit, please see the ‘course content’ tab. Enrichment activities and learning opportunities are available alongside the core curriculum, giving students the chance to learn from guest speakers, visit criminal justice organisations and network at industry events. These additional activities help to provide detailed insights into the criminal justice system and the careers it offers. Past speakers have come from the police, courts, prisons, probation services, youth justice services and cyber security firms.
The course team themselves have had extensive experience of the criminal justice system and its related disciplines, providing students with unique personal insights. The ties they have with the professional world have helped past students secure volunteer placements, temporary paid work, work shadowing weeks and internships.
The course is taught through lectures, group work and projects, and supervision for independent writing and research.
You will be allocated a personal tutor and a dissertation research supervisor.
Work experience -
Past students have completed a wide range of interesting and informative placements with:
- the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office - the criminal justice sector (paid work) - witness and victim services - probation services - youth offending teams - voluntary positions in the criminal justice field.
You will participate in group work, independent writing and research, group projects and discussions. You will be assessed via a number of 3,500-word assignments and individual and group presentations, in addition to a 20,000-word dissertation. Study abroad We run an optional ten-day study trip to the USA during the Christmas break, with visits to the FBI and New Jersey State Police.
There will be opportunities to attend lectures and share views and ideas with students at Ocean County College and Monmouth University. Please note this trip is not included in your tuition fees, and you’ll need to cover your travel and living costs.
Other study trip opportunities may also be available.
Web-based learning -
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
What do we offer?
From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.
With this internationally respected qualification, you’ll be well placed to pursue a variety of career opportunities.
Past graduates have pursued careers in police management, international law enforcement, the National Offender Management Service, financial security and academia.
Suitable roles for graduates include:
- Prison service - Police - Probation - Courts - Drugs services - Security - Public and private sector security and investigation - Local government community safety
Links with industry -
We welcome regular guest lecturers who provide a detailed insight into working in the criminal justice sector and prospective career opportunities.
Recent speakers have included:
- serving and former police detectives in the Metropolitan and Hampshire Police - serving chief officers from Hampshire and Dorset Police - judges and magistrates - staff from the National Crime Agency, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the National Offender Management Service and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Transferable skills -
You will gain a detailed understanding of criminological issues, which can be applied to many different careers. You will also develop your research and critical analysis skills and gain experience in communication, teamwork and leadership.
Further study -
The MSc provides a solid foundation for subsequent research at MPhil and PhD level.
The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £5,665
International full-time fees: £12,380
UK and EU part-time fees, year one: £1,895
UK and EU part-time fees, year two: £3,790
International part-time fees: £6,190 per year
Graduation costs -
Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx
Would you like to improve your career prospects within the criminal justice sector? With an expert teaching team, strong links with industry and a curriculum, tailored to suit your ambitions, Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate criminology and criminal justice programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.