Taught course

Crime, Safety and Justice

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an upper second class degree or higher in an arts, humanities or social sciences degree. Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates with an undergraduate degree in Criminology, Law, Politics, Psychology and Sociology as well as from graduates in any arts, humanities or social science discipline. Applicants without an upper second class degree in a relevant subject but with significant professional expertise and experience of working in policing, criminal justice or community safety are encouraged to provide a supporting statement outlining their expertise and experience. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-sections.

Months of entry


Course content

The overall aim and distinctive quality of the scheme is to produce postgraduates capable of ‘problem-solving’ in the fields of crime, safety and justice. As such, the structure of the scheme is based on the ‘SARA’ mnemonic (‘Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment’) which is familiar in policing and crime prevention practice as well as in the academy in applied as well as in basic criminological research. The scheme also aims to develop research skills by providing training in research methods and to maximise career prospects by providing transferable skills.

Special Features

  • Informed by the priorities of the national College of Policing;
  • Informed by a dialogue with members of the School of Social Sciences external advisory group, including representatives from the police, local government and other regulatory agencies with an interest in issues of crime and community safety;
  • Includes, when possible, guest lectures from analysts concerned with issues of community safety in outside agencies such as the police, local government, commercial security and other relevant organisations.

Full details - including course description, module details and career prospects - are available on our website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/Postgraduate/course/detail/p083.html

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Adam Edwards
+44 (0)29 2087 4174
+44 (0)29 2087 4175