Taught course

Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

  • a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a commensurate subject. These subjects would include forensic psychology, criminal justice, criminology, psychology and law. If you are unsure whether your undergraduate degree is appropriate for this course, please enquire.


  • a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or an award which the University has agreed to accept as equivalent to a degree.

Where a candidate does not fulfil the standard entry qualification, the Programme Leader reserves the right to interview the person to determine their suitability for the programme. This process would be used where the applicant has no relevant degree or professional qualification, but does have professional experience relevant to the programme, or where the undergraduate degree award criteria above have not been met.

The Programme Leader would conduct an interview with another member of the programme team. Interviews would be based around the applicant's suitability for the programme, which is also measured by the completion of a written piece of work by the applicant, which is discussed at the interview

Months of entry


Course content

LJMU's Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice MSc is a new stand-alone qualification designed to enhance your career prospects in criminal justice agencies, the probation service and the police

This course is available to study full-time or part-time.

  • Study criminal psychology in depth and understand how it influences criminal justice practice and wider societal perspectives
  • Obtain an overview of criminal justice policy and process, and understand key contemporary issues in these areas
  • Choose from a number of optional modules giving a critical insight into key areas of offending such as sex crimes and society, as well as criminal justice practice, which can include drugs, policing, rehabilitation and crimes of the powerful
  • Undertake a research dissertation to generate knowledge in this area and further your own skills as a professional
The MSc in Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice offers the opportunity for students, practitioners, and criminal justice professionals to critically engage with a broad range of issues that impact on the effectiveness and integrity of the workings of the criminal justice system.
Through exploring a series of theoretical and policy-orientated debates relevant to the delivery of contemporary crime control and management, and assessing their cultural, social and symbolic consequences, the course helps you to develop a comprehensive and critically aware understanding of the manufacture and delivery of criminal justice policy.
In addition, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the psychology of a range of criminal behaviours, and how this knowledge can impact on law enforcement, management and treatment of criminals, as well as wider decision making within the justice system.

Information for international students

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Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090