Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice


University of Portsmouth    School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Part time October Prof Doctorate 4-7 years
Law (22)

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The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth is a unique 4-year programme designed for criminal justice professionals looking to advance their careers. This structured course combines workshops and supervised research, leading to a thesis. With a focus on original research in the field, the programme attracts students from various backgrounds, including policing, youth justice, and the legal profession. Key features include small cohort sizes, interactive learning, and access to the university's extensive library resources. Entry requirements include a relevant master's degree, professional engagement in criminal justice, and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Don't miss the opportunity to join this prestigious programme!

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Benefits of a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice

Our Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice (DCrimJ) is a structured 4-year programme. The first two years are focused on workshop-based teaching in Portsmouth, while the latter two years are focused on supervised research, leading to a thesis.

Established in 2007, this course offers a framework for criminal justice professionals to reflect on and contribute to practice in their area of work. And unlike the more traditional PhD route – which aims to develop professional researchers – the Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice develop researching professionals.

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Entry Requirements

A master's degree in a relevant subject, preferably of Merit level. It is essential that applicants are professionally engaged in one of the many areas of criminal justice. Applicants should be working at a senior level and/or have strong relevant criminal justice experience. All applicants will be invited to attend a face-to-face or telephone interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.




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