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International Criminal Justice and Intelligence MSc

Develop your understanding of criminal justice and intelligence from an international perspective on this MSc International Criminal Justice and Intelligence degree, which you can study full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time by distance learning.

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Overview

Get the expertise you need in criminal justice and intelligence from an international perspective on this MSc International Criminal Justice and Intelligence degree. Study your way, with full-time or part-time options on campus, or part-time by distance learning.

You'll view crime control from a global stance, assessing models of justice and philosophies of punishment from around the world. With a focus on the development of international criminal law and human rights, you'll evaluate the workings of international courts and tribunals, the operation of the UN, and regional and national structures of international justice.

You’ll also apply your research, analysis and management skills to the growing field of criminal intelligence. Explore security and intelligence in the public and private sectors, broaden your understanding of open and closed sources, and evaluate existing models and principles, such as the intelligence cycle. You’ll probe the limitations of analytical services available to intelligence professionals, and study the research seeking to overcome these limitations. 

Alongside international criminal justice and intelligence, you'll have the chance to unpack topics such as missing persons investigations, economic crime, wildlife crime investigation, offender behaviour and rehabilitation.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to bring in-depth international criminal justice and intelligence expertise to your career in the justice system. You’ll be equipped to pursue roles in the UK Civil Service or police force, the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Centres, private sector intelligence services, or international organisations such as Interpol, Europol or Frontex.

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

Course highlights

  • Put yourself at the heart of criminal justice work in relation to international norms and standards, including human rights issues, and study the development and challenges of transnational offending from criminological, legal and political perspectives
  • Master the principles, processes and practice of intelligence work, and understand the challenges of managing intelligence in the evidence chain
  • Learn from a research-active team of international criminal justice specialists in our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and hear from industry expert guest speakers from around the world
  • Enrich your research studies by using our lab equipment, such as our eye-tracking and VR technology, and operational simulation spaces
  • Be part of our community of researchers by getting involved with our criminology research groups, such as the Policing research group, the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime and the Probation, Prison and Penology research group
  • Complete a major project based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic experts in the field

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Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Full-time (on campus - 1 year or 16 months)

Core modules

You'll do all core modules.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically and reflectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of differing systems of justice.

  • Critically analyse, compare and contrast the workings of inquisitorial and adversarial systems of justice.

  • Critically engage with contemporary global debates and the application of those to theoretical frameworks such as models of justice and philosophies of punishment.

  • Critically evaluate the development of international criminal law, including international courts and tribunals, and the operation of the UN, regional and national structures of international justice in response to those crimes.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Be able to synthesise new and existing knowledge to generate ideas and develop creative solutions to the benefit of society, within a small-scale research project within their chosen field.

  • Design, apply and critically evaluate research methodologies within the chosen subject area, demonstrating a commitment to ethical practice.

  • Conduct a systematic, methodologically and ethically sound research process (literature based or empirical research).

  • Manage and reflect upon own learning and be able to communicate in a range of forms to audiences relevant to the academic and/or workplace community.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appraise established intelligence processes and practice.

  • Critically assess the ways in which intelligence is used (and often is not used) to inform the investigative process.

  • Critically evaluate the utility of existing intelligence models.

  • Critically assess the range of analytical services that are available to intelligence professionals.

  • Critically assess the limits on the legitimate exercise of police powers in the context of intelligence.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Recognise the challenges involved in undertaking ethical research and identify the research challenges that need to be accommodated within a proposal for a research project.

  • Construct a postgraduate research proposal with an ability to set out clear research objectives, and appropriate research design whilst able to select appropriate research methods.

  • Apply an appropriate research design, and deploy specific research method(s) to the research problem (or question) with a clear appreciation of how any ethical issues are addressed.

  • Effectively locate existing academic literature in their chosen field of research using bibliographic databases, with an appreciation of the breadth of other data sources, repositories and archives.

Explore this module

Optional modules

You can do one optional module.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the concepts of dangerousness, risk and vulnerability within a criminal justice context.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the development of public protection policies, locate these within the broader development of criminal justice and victim-centred policies.

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary debates concerning the complex relationships between the state, the offender and the victim, within the wider context of citizenship and rights.

  • Critically evaluate the development and implementation of policies and legislation.

  • Demonstrate critical and reflective understanding of the subject area within the context of ethical practice and social justice issues.

  • Demonstrate an intellectual curiosity for the subject area and engage imaginatively with new areas of investigation within and across discipline boundaries.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically assess the notion of green criminology and environmental justice.

  • Critically analyse and articulate the range of perspectives surrounding ecological justice and species justice.

  • Critically examine the problem and scale of wildlife crime and wildlife trafficking.

  • Critically appraise the latest global advances in wildlife crime investigation, including surveillance, remote-sensing, drones, financial investigation, cyber investigation, forensics and big-data analysis.

  • Critically assess the suitability of systems and technology to counter wildlife trafficking, drawing upon socio-technical approaches.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • To critically compare jurisdictional and regional narratives and debates realting to missing persons.

  • To be able to identify and critically discuss a range of issues relevant to missing persons over time, both conceptual and practical.

  • To identify and critically analyse sources from offical and academic outlets discussing missing persons issues globally.

  • To critically consider the implications of measures taken by state and other actors to deal with missing persons issues.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically analyse a range of research studies making assessments as to their explanatory power and scientific rigour in the field of rehabilitation and desistence from crime.

  • Think independently, analytically and creatively about the rehabiltiation of offenders and desistance from crime.

  • Analyse and critically appraise existing and new paradigms of knowledge in the rehabilitation of offenders.

  • Locate, access and engage with global information pertinent to leaving crime behind.

Explore this module

Part-time (on campus)

Core modules

You'll do all core modules.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically and reflectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of differing systems of justice.

  • Critically analyse, compare and contrast the workings of inquisitorial and adversarial systems of justice.

  • Critically engage with contemporary global debates and the application of those to theoretical frameworks such as models of justice and philosophies of punishment.

  • Critically evaluate the development of international criminal law, including international courts and tribunals, and the operation of the UN, regional and national structures of international justice in response to those crimes.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appraise established intelligence processes and practice.

  • Critically assess the ways in which intelligence is used (and often is not used) to inform the investigative process.

  • Critically evaluate the utility of existing intelligence models.

  • Critically assess the range of analytical services that are available to intelligence professionals.

  • Critically assess the limits on the legitimate exercise of police powers in the context of intelligence.

Explore this module

Optional modules

You can do one optional module.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the concepts of dangerousness, risk and vulnerability within a criminal justice context.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the development of public protection policies, locate these within the broader development of criminal justice and victim-centred policies.

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary debates concerning the complex relationships between the state, the offender and the victim, within the wider context of citizenship and rights.

  • Critically evaluate the development and implementation of policies and legislation.

  • Demonstrate critical and reflective understanding of the subject area within the context of ethical practice and social justice issues.

  • Demonstrate an intellectual curiosity for the subject area and engage imaginatively with new areas of investigation within and across discipline boundaries.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically assess the notion of green criminology and environmental justice.

  • Critically analyse and articulate the range of perspectives surrounding ecological justice and species justice.

  • Critically examine the problem and scale of wildlife crime and wildlife trafficking.

  • Critically appraise the latest global advances in wildlife crime investigation, including surveillance, remote-sensing, drones, financial investigation, cyber investigation, forensics and big-data analysis.

  • Critically assess the suitability of systems and technology to counter wildlife trafficking, drawing upon socio-technical approaches.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • To critically compare jurisdictional and regional narratives and debates realting to missing persons.

  • To be able to identify and critically discuss a range of issues relevant to missing persons over time, both conceptual and practical.

  • To identify and critically analyse sources from offical and academic outlets discussing missing persons issues globally.

  • To critically consider the implications of measures taken by state and other actors to deal with missing persons issues.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically analyse a range of research studies making assessments as to their explanatory power and scientific rigour in the field of rehabilitation and desistence from crime.

  • Think independently, analytically and creatively about the rehabiltiation of offenders and desistance from crime.

  • Analyse and critically appraise existing and new paradigms of knowledge in the rehabilitation of offenders.

  • Locate, access and engage with global information pertinent to leaving crime behind.

Explore this module

Core modules

You'll do all core modules.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Be able to synthesise new and existing knowledge to generate ideas and develop creative solutions to the benefit of society, within a small-scale research project within their chosen field.

  • Design, apply and critically evaluate research methodologies within the chosen subject area, demonstrating a commitment to ethical practice.

  • Conduct a systematic, methodologically and ethically sound research process (literature based or empirical research).

  • Manage and reflect upon own learning and be able to communicate in a range of forms to audiences relevant to the academic and/or workplace community.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Recognise the challenges involved in undertaking ethical research and identify the research challenges that need to be accommodated within a proposal for a research project.

  • Construct a postgraduate research proposal with an ability to set out clear research objectives, and appropriate research design whilst able to select appropriate research methods.

  • Apply an appropriate research design, and deploy specific research method(s) to the research problem (or question) with a clear appreciation of how any ethical issues are addressed.

  • Effectively locate existing academic literature in their chosen field of research using bibliographic databases, with an appreciation of the breadth of other data sources, repositories and archives.

Explore this module

Part-time (distance learning)

Core modules

You'll do all core modules.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically and reflectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of differing systems of justice.

  • Critically analyse, compare and contrast the workings of inquisitorial and adversarial systems of justice.

  • Critically engage with contemporary global debates and the application of those to theoretical frameworks such as models of justice and philosophies of punishment.

  • Critically evaluate the development of international criminal law, including international courts and tribunals, and the operation of the UN, regional and national structures of international justice in response to those crimes.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appraise established intelligence processes and practice.

  • Critically assess the ways in which intelligence is used (and often is not used) to inform the investigative process.

  • Critically evaluate the utility of existing intelligence models.

  • Critically assess the range of analytical services that are available to intelligence professionals.

  • Critically assess the limits on the legitimate exercise of police powers in the context of intelligence.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to distinguish between methodologies in social science research.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding around the conduct of ethical social research.
  • Demonstrate in-depth and systematic understanding about locating and synthesising existing academic literature in the chosen field of research using electronic bibliographic databases.
  • Summarise and critically review conceptual features of an existing study including the effectiveness of a research question(s), aim(s), objectives and methodology.
  • Use existing studies to develop own area of research interest in the form of a dissertation project.

Explore this module

Core modules

You'll do all core modules.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Synthesise new and existing knowledge to generate ideas and develop creative solutions to the benefit of society, within a small-scale research project within a chosen field.

  • Design, apply and critically evaluate research methodologies within the chosen subject area, demonstrating a commitment to ethical practice.

  • Conduct a systematic, methodologically and ethically sound research process (literature based or empirical research).

  • Manage and reflect upon own learning and be able to communicate in a range of forms to audiences relevant to the academic and/or workplace community.

Explore this module

Optional modules

You can do one optional module.

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Conceptualise the definition and nature of forms of multinational and transnational offending.
  • Critically assess the forms of multinational and transnational offending.
  • Critically analyse global trends, governance challenges, international responses and preventative strategies.
  • Critically appraise contemporary perceptions of transnational offending and `border-less' crime in relation to the established academic literature.
  • Critically evaluate governance challenges, international responses and preventative strategies.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • To critically compare jurisdictional and regional narratives and debates relating to missing persons.
  • To be able to identify and critically discuss a range of issues relevant to missing persons over time, both conceptual and practical.
  • To identify and critically analyse sources from official and academic outlets discussing missing persons issues globally.

Explore this module

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Criminal Justice Master's courses

Discover the Master's courses offered by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Dr Helen Earwaker: Here within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, we run a diverse range of Master's level provision with content aligned to a host of different areas that link to the pursuit of justice. Students can choose to study on campus or through distance learning. Our distance learning courses enable students to learn as part of a diverse online community, balancing their other commitments with their learning.

Dr Helen Earwaker: On campus, we bring learning to life through interactive workshops, immersive learning and through using simulated environments.

Gary [Podcast]: "Hello, everyone, and welcome back. Today we are looking at the case of Simon Flint, who is reported missing by his wife. A missing persons case has been opened and there is an active investigation into his disappearance. There is some intelligence to suggest that Mr. Flint has been involved in fraudulent activity. Four days later, a body believed to be that of Mr. Flint is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.

So now that we've discussed the case, we're going to look at the different theoretical and practical aspects that spanned the disciplines connected with this case. For example, we're going to consider the economic crime and fraud investigation, forensic science and crime science, the application of victimology and psychology, the potential connectivity with cybercrime, and then we're going to see how all of these fit together within the criminal justice system. This is important because these are all the areas that are considered within our MSc provision."

Dr Helen Earwaker: Our MSc provision connects to the research centres that we have within our school and our students benefit from the world-leading research that goes on within these. Research is at the very heart of our MSc teaching with evidence-based practice a core theme throughout our courses. Our students learn in a multidisciplinary and cross-border environment, benefiting from a wide range of perspectives across criminal justice and beyond.

Dr Helen Earwaker: We work closely with partner organisations across the justice sector, enabling our students to combine theory and practice throughout their studies. An MSc within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will equip you to be evidence informed, forward thinking and to go on to challenge the status quo in the pursuit of justice.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

International systems of justice must continuously evolve in order to stand against the increasingly complex world of transnational crime.

The skills and expertise you'll gain on this Master’s in International Criminal Justice and Intelligence will prepare you for roles with international policing and justice organisations, and for any criminal justice career that relies on information, intelligence or security.

You’ll graduate with knowledge of practice and theory in the field, and the research and analytical skills needed for private or public sector careers in the UK or abroad.

If you already work in the field of criminal justice, you'll be ready to pursue higher-level roles, or to break into a different area of the discipline. If you're yet to embark on your career in criminal justice, you'll gain the knowledge and advanced research problem-solving skills you need to stand out to employers and contribute positively to justice system reform on an international level.

You could also go on to further study, or progress on to a graduate scheme such as PoliceNow or the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme.

Graduates of this course can go on to roles such as:

  • police or law enforcement officer
  • probation or prison officer
  • data analyst
  • intelligence analyst
  • cybersecurity

Graduates of this course can go on to work for organisations such as:

  • the Civil Service
  • national and International Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Government agencies and departments internationally
  • probation and prison service
  • the Courts
  • local administration / authorities
  • private security companies
  • charities

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from your tutors and from our Careers and Employability Centre, which you can access for 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

Facilities and specialist equipment

Collaboration of Forensic Interviewing

CoFI researches interviewing techniques and the issues that affect how information is gathered in a forensic context. Depending on the modules you study, you'll have access to CoFI's interviewing simulation activities.
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Crime scene simulation spaces

Use the latest forensic advances and immersive learning technologies, including evidence analysis equipment and interpretation spaces, to delve into crime scene investigation in our realistic simulation areas.
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Hydra immersive learning suite

Engage in dynamic simulated scenarios that replicate operational challenges, developing your problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.

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Virtual Reality (VR) lab

Use immersive VR technologies to explore new ways of learning about criminal activities – from tracking eye movement to identifying unconscious behaviour.

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Wildlife crime related artefacts

Enrich your studies with access to our range of rare wildlife crime related artefacts, including ivory, traps, and snares.

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to spend in on-campus or in online lectures and seminars and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 1 year (full-time study starting in September)
  • 16 months (full-time study starting in January)
  • 2 years (part-time study on campus or by distance learning, starting in September)

You can expect:

  • Up to 4 hours of teaching time every week (lectures, seminars or workshops) if you study on campus, or up to 6 hours in online sessions if you study by distance learning.
  • 30–35 hours of independent study each week if you study full-time, or 15–18 hours each week if you study part-time.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree. If you choose campus based study, the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

If you choose to study on campus, teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group discussions
  • practical workshops

If you choose to study by distance learning, teaching methods include:

  • online lectures
  • online seminars
  • online tutorials
  • online group discussions

You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment. You'll learn through interactive workbooks, discussion boards and live online seminars and lectures. All live sessions are recorded so you can access them whenever suits you. 

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You'll need access to a computer and a web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • reports
  • oral presentations
  • projects and portfolios
  • seminar participation and engagement
  • dissertation / major report

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching staff

These are the expert course leaders who'll teach you on this course:

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Dr Dina Santos

Teaching Fellow

Dina.Desousa-Esantos@port.ac.uk

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Ms Dina Kapardis-Georgiou

Lecturer

dina.kapardis@port.ac.uk

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

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Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting you

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video and phone from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. If you choose to study on-campus, you'll also get face-to-face support. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Café offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2024 / January 2025 start)

  • Full-time: £10,400
  • Part-time: £5,200 per year
  • Part-time (distance learning): £4,450 per year

Including the Transition Scholarship for EU students

  • Full-time: £10,400
  • Part-time: £5,200 per year
  • Part-time (distance learning): £4,450 per year

  • Full-time: £17,200
  • Part-time: £8,600 per year
  • Part-time (distance learning): £4,450 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Fees and funding for Master's courses

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: If you choose to study on-campus, accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

September 2024 / January 2025 start

Qualifications or experience

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (Social Science, Humanities, Law, Psychology, or Management subject). Information Technology or science related subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Applicants with equivalent professional experience in a relevant organisation will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying to study on-campus as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our postgraduate application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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Start this course in September 2024

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.