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Build on your knowledge and professional development to achieve the career you want in criminology

One year Full Time, or two years Part Time
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Choose a programme to invest in your future with MSc Criminology

This MSc programme provides an opportunity for you to work within our dedicated psychology and criminology team, comprised of active researchers who have extensive experience, both academically and professionally, who look forward to helping you accomplish your ambitions.

Our research and practice-informed approach is designed to help you understand the complexities around the criminal justice system. By the end of the programme, you will have obtained transferrable skills and the practical knowledge to pursue your career.


Learn with the experts

Whether you’re a recent graduate or already embarking on your career journey, our MSc programme will be delivered by research-active academics and individuals who have led extensive careers in the criminology sector.

There will also be the opportunity to network and have taught sessions by a variety of guest speakers, which will give you the understanding of the various careers open to you as a postgraduate.

The Course

What you will study

The MSc programme comprises theoretical and applied criminology practice to give you the tools to succeed. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

This module will equip students with an understanding of how the criminal justice system operates. From reporting crime to investigation, prosecution and beyond. You will obtain an understanding of the current issues facing the CJS, as well as, formulating links between criminological study and the formation of social policy.

Criminal Behaviour

This module will explore various criminological theory and research studies in relation to real-world case examples and the role of criminology in today’s understanding of different forms of crime. An exploration of current theory and use of critical evaluation should be applied in order for students to ascertain gaps and contradictions in current research.

Criminal Investigation

This module will apply current policing practices in the application of investigation for a variety of crimes inclusive of homicide, sexual violence and violent street crime. Students will obtain an understanding of what powers police have, their main roles within an investigation and the core principles of modern policing.

Penal Systems, Restorative Justice and Offender Management

This module will explore the functionality of the penal systems within England and Wales. We will explore how practitioners manage offenders, the complications they face and how they can overcome ethical challenges.


This module will focus on victims’ lived experiences of crime and the treatment of individuals by not only the criminal justice system but also support agencies and society. Students will explore contemporary academic literature, media representation and relevant policies, to understand the extent of victimisation.

Advanced Research Methods and Approaches 1

The module is designed to equip students with a wide range of methodological skills to conduct research of high quality and impact in their chosen field, enabling students to become successful professional researchers.

Advanced Research Methods and Approaches 2

The module will engage students with an in-depth and critical knowledge of advanced applied research design and associated analytical techniques, developing an advanced understanding of cutting-edge applied research skills.

Independent Project

The dissertation will show evidence of the ability to identify problem areas, locate issues within a wider context, obtain relevant data, analyse findings, work within relevant theoretical/conceptual frameworks, synthesise complicated material, employ relevant and innovative research approaches, and present findings in an accessible manner with appropriate technical apparatus.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

Be part of a close-knit community

The process of ‘action learning’ plays a crucial role in this programme and thus offers a solid platform for you to collaborate with peers, share insights and connect with them in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Hybrid learning

Our modules are delivered online alongside face-to-face blocks at Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester. You will be taught through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and student-led learning.

Rigorous assessments

Assessments will differ across our modules and assignments includes coursework essays, project reports, group presentations and portfolios.

Meet programme coordinator Hollie Trollen

Hollie Trollen

Programme Lead for MSc Criminology

Hollie began her career, shortly after completing her MSc in Applied Criminology. She initially with Dorset Police specialising in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children who had been exposed to neglect and trauma. She specialised in domestic abuse, becoming a specialist force mentor and educating colleagues on the risks of incompetence around domestic abuse investigations.

From Dorset Police, Hollie joined the Public Protection Unit in Surrey Police as a multi-agency safeguarding hub officer (MARAC). Here, Hollie worked as part of a team in the prevention of homicide in high risk domestic and honour-based abuse cases. Her primary responsibility was to review police investigations, implementing safeguarding measures and highlighting concerns to external partner agencies that may have been missed by the investigative teams.

Hollie is a current PhD candidate researching whether the existence of harmful subcultures within police organisations acts as a systematic barrier which prevents officers and staff from reporting sexual misconduct, perpetrated by their colleagues, both on and off duty.


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Where you could go after your studies

A career in Criminology

The primary focus of this MSc programme is to equip you with the knowledge and skills that you will need to become a successful practitioner in your chosen career.

The curriculum of the programme is not only designed to help students construct their understanding of criminology, but also encourages the development of positive efficacy beliefs which employers value.

Successful completion of the MSc Criminology means you will graduate with transferable skills suitable for working in sectors outside of psychology.

Transferrable skills:

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation in England and Wales
  • Knowledge of relevant and numerous policing strategies in England and Wales
  • Knowledge of relevant professions related to criminology
  • Knowledge of current offender management protocols
  • Knowledge of safeguarding vulnerable persons through a variety of means
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Scientific reasoning

Successful completion of the MSc Criminology means you will graduate with transferable skills suitable for working in sectors outside criminology.

Career opportunities:

  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Police Detective
  • Scenes of Crime Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Probation Services
  • Court Reporter
  • Youth Offending Team Officer
  • Charity Sector Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Suitable preparation for undertaking a PhD in Criminology & Psychology and/or other postgraduate training

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree (or equivalent*) in a relevant subject (criminology, psychology, social science or humanities degree)
  • An academic reference
  • A personal statement outlining your interest in the MSc
  • We would normally expect applicants to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and mathematics

Non-standard entry routes would be considered, for example, for those returning to academic study after a period of leave or who are already in full-time employment.


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Hollie Trollen on: h.trollen@chi.ac.uk for admissions queries.


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