Research course

Crime, Security and Justice

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) relevant to the proposed research. A score of band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The research in this theme has a strong international reputation for applying innovative and rigorous research designs to substantive problems in challenging areas of crime, criminal justice and social justice, and regulation. Criminological research in the School of Social Sciences is uniquely positioned due to a combination of the following:

  • Application of rigorous research designs that make use of new methodological and technological opportunities;
  • Engagement with ‘real world’ problems – from violence against women to transnational corruption and money-laundering - in order to inform practitioners and policy-makers at local, national and international levels.
  • A high level of research impact arising from excellent working relationships with governmental and other organisations engaged in the delivery of crime control and community safety;
  • Theoretical innovation promoting new ways of understanding crime and responses to it.

The theme incorporates two research centres: the Universities Police Science Institute (UPSI) and the interdisciplinary Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ).

Further information - including details of research within these two prestigious centres - can be found on our website.

Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Vicky Parkin
+44 (0)29 2087 0855
+44 (0)29 2087 4175