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The Institute of Criminal justice studies (ICJS)

Explore the pioneering work we're doing within our Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) was founded in 1992 and is internationally-recognised for its study of crime, its causes, and the societal and personal impact it has. We're the largest criminology department in the UK and we have interdisciplinary expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, policing, community justice, penology, risk, security and international and comparative criminal justice.

Our courses and research range from criminology and criminal justice, to counter fraud, forensics, criminal psychology and cybercrime.

Our mission


  • To enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the field of criminal justice and criminological studies
  • To further the development of human rights, equal opportunities, integrity and fair treatment within criminal justice and related areas
  • To further the development of democratic governance and accountabilities within criminal justice and related agencies
  • To promote the interests of disadvantaged communities and groups discriminated against, by and within, criminal justice and related areas
  • To promote the development of professionalism and professionalisation within criminal justice and related agencies


We provide high quality teaching programmes and facilities, with our well-qualified teaching staff who all have, or are working towards, Fellowship of AdvanceHE.

We have secured strategic investment for the piloting and evaluation of technology enhanced active learning within our undergraduate campus courses.

We're also the main provider of Trainee Probation Officer education in England & Wales, and in 2019 we secured contracts to deliver Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships and degree holder conversion programmes for Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey police (with consortium partners).

We use the latest technologies to deliver eLearning via dedicated tablets combined with Masterclass sessions, and many of our teaching staff are leading research academics in their fields.

We also work closely with the School of Education & Sociology in the delivery of combined honours courses with Criminology, and with Portsmouth Law School.


We have a strong international reputation for research and innovation, which feeds into our teaching and makes a positive impact on society. Much of our research takes place in the following centres:

Areas of expertise

Explore the work we're doing across 7 areas of expertise in our Criminology research.

Find out more

Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2992


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