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Applied Criminology (MSc)

Course Description

MSc Applied Criminology at Winchester explores the contributions of criminology to relevant professional settings. It reinforces students' understandings of key criminological concepts and methods, translates them to a variety of professional settings and provides
students with both direct experience and enhanced understanding of these professional contexts.

Programme Content

Applied Criminology considers crime, deviance, security and insecurity and addresses a variety of different criminological careers, offering modules relevant to three distinct professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.

In keeping with an ethos of active and engaged learning, students undertake advanced training in criminological research methods relevant to applied settings and gain direct experience through a work placement/internship or work-based learning opportunity for those students employed in relevant professional settings.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msc-applied-criminology.aspx


- Applied Criminology
- Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
- Movement and Security in a Global World
- Investigative Leadership and Management in Policing
- Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Policing
- Foundations of Forensic Psychology Practice
- The Criminal Justice System and the Legal Framework
- Applied Criminological Research
- Work-based Learning in Applied Criminology

Learning and Teaching

The programme is taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, work-based learning and independent research. Contact with industry experts is a key feature of the course and students meet with regular guest speakers from a number of external organisations concerned with crime, deviance and security. Students have the opportunity to explore these organisations through field visits and work placements


Assessments mirror the demands of the professional settings explored through the course and challenge students to produce industry-ready outputs and to tackle live issues and case studies. Assessments include reports, briefing papers, presentations, analysis of policy and professional practice, portfolios and professionally relevant original research.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of criminological careers, specifically focused around three professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.

Visit the Applied Criminology (MSc) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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