36 months
5300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice provides an alternative award for the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Criminal Justice degree from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a unique programme designed for professionals working in the Criminal Justice sector who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners.

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You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminal justice and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

This bespoke qualification can be tailored to professional requirements, increasing the potential for personal development and career progression.

The Criminal Justice degree from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has two points of entry - Stage One involves undertaking an MSc in Criminal Justice.

Stage Two involves undertaking the Professional Doctorate Thesis, and a level 8 module.

Why study with us

Online resources provide the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, within a guided and structured framework.

The course is taught by lecturers with frontline experience in criminal justice organisations and those who are research active in this area.   

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice - an International Perspective
  • Research Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Decision Making in the context of Threat, Risk and Harm
  • Organisational Development and Partnerships
  • Research in Practice
  • Countering 21st century Terrorism
  • Open Source Internet Investigation
  • International Criminal Law and Security

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from reputable university.
  • GPA 2.6/4 = 2:2.
  • GPA 3.2/4 – 2:1.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5300 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part-time: £2650 per year (UK/EU)

Living costs for Preston

751 - 1425 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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