Taught course

Criminology & Criminal Investigations

Cardiff Metropolitan University · Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Criminology & Criminal Investigations are expected to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • an initial degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University (usually a good Honours degree of 2:1 or above); or
  • an initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body, (usually a good Honours degree of 2:1 or above); or
  • those with relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience (considered on a case-by-case basis).

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Criminology & Criminal Investigations at Cardiff Met is an exciting degree that provides a detailed and critical understanding of key and contemporary issues within the study of crime and criminal justice. Criminology is an empirical subject that draws upon a range of methodological approaches, theoretical frameworks, and diverse perspectives both nationally and internationally. Criminal investigation is a fascinating area of study where you will explore case studies, develop key investigative competences, and gain experience in putting your skills into practice.

Throughout the postgraduate taught course, you will study a range of topics which include contemporary and classical criminological theories, criminal justice systems, international crime, and green criminology. You will have the opportunity to conduct your own research project on a topic of your choice, where you will be supported by an experienced supervisor. Additionally, there will be a significant focus upon criminal investigations where you will explore how to investigate violent and serious crimes such as homicide and serious sexual offences. You will also study investigative interviewing which draws upon the practical processes of conducting a suspect interview and the psychology behind this.

This Master’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Investigations will develop key and essential employability skills including presenting to an audience, critical thinking, reflective practice, and practical based skills such as interviewing, conducting investigations, and carrying out research. In addition to these attributes, you will build investigative skills in our gripping and challenging scenario-based role plays that are relevant to the criminal justice sector and can be applied in the workplace.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Fees and funding

As a postgraduate, research or part-time student, the tuition fees you are charged will depend on the course you choose to study. Full information is available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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