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MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice


Course Description

Why take this course?

This established programme allows you to develop your understanding of criminological theories of offending and the extent of crime, enabling you to critically examine the role and function of the criminal justice and penal policy process, and the criminal justice policy-making context, in England and Wales. It has been specifically designed for graduates of criminology or other related degrees, for those with criminal justice career aspirations or those already working in the criminal justice arena at all levels.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop an understanding of the application of criminological and criminal justice principles to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies
Examine the treatment of disadvantaged communities and groups discriminated against, by and within, the criminal justice system
Shape your study to your interests through your choice of options and dissertation topic

Module Details

You will study the following core units:

Criminology Past and Present (30 credits)

Criminal Justice (30 credits)

Research Methods and Research Management (30 credits)

15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional units include:

Policing and Police Reform (campus-based only)

Substance Misuse, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (campus-based only)

Risk, Dangerousness and Vulnerability: Managing public protection (campus-based only)

Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (campus-based only)

Please note that all options are subject to minimum student numbers and may not all be available.

Please note that the course structure may vary from year to year; course content and learning opportunities will not be diminished by this.

Programme Assessment

All ICJS campus-based students will be assigned a personal tutor, responsible for pastoral support and guidance, and have access to university support services including careers, financial advice, housing and counselling etc.

Assessment is based upon a range of written assignments including essays, case study, a literature review and research proposal focused on your chosen project. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation. For each assignment full academic support is provided by an academic subject expert and you will be provided with academic supervisor once you have identified your dissertation subject area.

Student Destinations

Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree programme, you will be well equipped to embark upon a diverse range of career choices. Over the years our graduates have found employment in areas including policing (both as officers and as civilian staff), crime analysis, probation, the courts and prison service, local authorities, academia and research, charities and private industry to name just a few.

Visit the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Richard Jones

783.jpg What made you decide to come to University of Portsmouth to study?
Primarily I wanted somewhere where I could study criminal justice. While I was applying there seemed to be a lack of universities who provided a sole criminal justice course, but Portsmouth did and this got my attention. Compared to other institutes it seemed to take criminal justice as an academic course very seriously. Secondly, I wanted somewhere compact, whose main campus, student residential areas and attractions were all together. This is certainly true with Portsmouth, everything is in walking distance.

How have you found your course?
Although I found the course extremely challenging it was also very enjoyable. By doing the course full time there was much work to cram into a year. This meant I was constantly working to deadlines, which I believe motivated me highly. I studied alot harder for this than for my degree. The enjoyable part was the range of interesting subjects we researched, and the fact that we were allowed to look into very specialised areas. For example, during the year I digressed from penology to maritime piracy to criminal profiling in the space of a few months which shows the broad range of subjects available. My dissertation was also a highlight, as it gave me the freedom to research with little boundary and really delve deeply into a subject matter. My finished thesis 'The Land of the Rising Gun' a study into the rise of gun crime in the UK, gave me a great sense of pride when it was complete. You have to study the one subject for much of the summer so the trick is to research something you are interested in.

How have you found life at the University?
My time here has been brilliant! Because Portsmouth is quite small there is a real student community feel to the place and this means you make lots of friends. The academic buildings all have good facilities and are excellent places to study and there is a diverse night life. Portsmouth is certainly the perfect place to study hard in the day and party hard at night.


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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or training within the police or other criminal justice organisation.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components.

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