Customise your own postgraduate degree in criminology, justice, security, fraud or related fields with us.
Why take this course?
This course provides you with a unique, flexible approach to studying which allows you to not only choose the units and subject areas you study, but to determine the award you exit with through your choice. Through more than 15 units, this framework allows you to shape your studies to your own interests, developing your knowledge and understanding through your choice of units and dissertation topic.
The subject areas available to study are:
What will I experience?
Route A allows you to focus on one subject area from the list above, studying a core unit and specialist option relevant to that subject area. Route A also gives you the option to study a unit from outside that subject area, should you want to broaden you knowledge even further. For example, if you are interested in Criminal Psychology, but want to take one of the units specific to Criminal Justice, this framework will allow you to do so.
Route B allows you to combine two of the subject areas in your studies, and this will be reflected in the degree title awarded. For example, if you have an interest in Crime Science but also in Cybercrime, you can study both subjects and exit with an MSc in Crime Science and Cybercrime.
If you want to follow this course, you should apply as soon as possible to reserve your place. We may be able to process late applications, but this may disrupt your course induction and the start to studies
How do I apply?
Complete the University's online application form (not a UCAS form)
This is an exciting and flexible course because you are not confined to pre-determined units. You can develop your knowledge and skills through new combinations of learning to meet the demands and expectations of an ever-changing employment market.
Jemma Tyson, Course Leader (Campus)
- 1 year full time, 2 years part time, 2 years part time distance learning
- 2017 entry requirements
- A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong relevant criminal justice experience will be considered. 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. Distance learning applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in Reading and Writing components.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
Full time: £4,700
Part time: £2,350 p/a*
Part time distance learning: £2,100 p/a *
Full time: £12,600
Part time: £6,300 p/a*
Part time distance learning: £2,100 p/a *
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
Full-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part-time distance learning course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
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- Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Structure & Teaching
You will study for this course by following one of the two available routes described above, depending on whether you want to study, and be recognised for, one or two subject areas.
Whichever route you choose, you will also study the Research Methods and Research Ethics unit. This unit will enable you to both develop and add to your research skills, through the use of specialist research workshops, and help prepare you for completing your dissertation/major project.
Teaching and Assessment
You can study this course as a campus-based or distance-learning student, tailoring your learning to suit your own needs. The DL course is facilitated through interactive and engaging multimedia online materials, whilst still being a part of the University of Portsmouth student. The campus-based course is delivered via lectures, seminars and workshops, and involves both individual and group working.
Efforts are made to involve both campus based and distance learning students in research.
How are you assessed?
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 or major project. 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.
Facilities & Features
The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since grown to comprise 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students. Now an internationally-renowned focal point for the study of crime and criminal justice processes, it draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk and security.
Our extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies ensure that our courses reflect the changing needs of the profession. You may benefit from these links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being helped to find professional work placements.
Our distinctive approach to supported distance learning, robust procedures for the accreditation of prior learning and modular award framework not only help facilitate access to higher education but also offer flexible and transferable platforms for life-long learning.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Other costs to consider
For campus based students
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.
If you wish to undertake the optional Certificate of Knowledge in Policy (CKP) qualification, you will incur a license fee payable to the College of Policing for students.
For distance learning students
You may be required to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend any optional campus-based events. These may be in the region of £50 to £500 depending on travelling distance to Portsmouth.
Careers & Opportunities
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.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Visiting opportunities for distance learners
If you want to know more about undergraduate distance learning courses in ICJS, you will be welcome at our Virtual Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the academic and administrative staff:
- 18 May, 10am-12pm
- 27 June, 1pm-3pm
- 24 July, 7pm-9pm
- 31 August, 7pm-9pm
Postgraduate Information Days are held twice a year and give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with subject tutors. Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry have now finished.
Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.
Fees and Funding
Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.
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