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Develop skills in leading complex criminal investigations, improve your skills in making reasoned arguments, and deepen your understanding of a range of criminological theories and perspectives in order to improve your potential impact within a policing, prison, probation or other criminal justice setting in the MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology programme at the University of Essex Online.

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Overview

Our online MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology masters helps you take advantage of the new opportunities available within psychology, as well as making you aware of how new and growing challenges can be addressed. You’ll delve into a range of specialist topics such as:

  • the sociological approach to crime, criminology and criminological theory
  • the role of forensic psychology in manging mentally disordered offenders
  • the status of the victim throughout the criminal process
  • the historic relationship between psychology and policing, and what this means for modern policing
  • critical assessment of complex criminal investigations in accordance with national standards.

Towards the end of your MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree, you will produce an original piece of research on the topic of your choice within criminology and criminal psychology, conducting research retrieval and thorough analysis of the issue and presenting it effectively. 

Throughout the MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology course you will debate course content with fellow professionals, improving your skills in critical reasoning, communication and leadership, all of which will enhance your potential in future roles related to criminology.

Teaching methods

Studying MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology is delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser during your MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise during your MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology.

Programme Structure

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:
  • Applied Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Crime, Causation and Criminological Theory (20 credits)
  • Complex Criminal investigation (20 credits)
  • Practical Psychology for Policing (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)*
  • Criminology and Criminal Psychology Thesis (60 credits)*
  • One optional module:
    • Criminal Victimisation (20 credits)
    • Policing: Leadership, Policy & Partnerships (20 credits)

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology award.

Audience

Senior roles within criminal justice are often a career objective for our MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology graduates. Many go on to serve as analytical police staff or police officers, or in offender support, probation, prison and victim services. The course will also be useful for those seeking employment within security services and the National Crime Agency.

Lecturers

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology are experts in the fields of criminology and psychology.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
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Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience

  • at least five years’ senior level work experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5611 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11222 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5611 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11222 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Funding

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.

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