Taught course

Criminal Justice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Law and Policing

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

On our MSc Criminal Justice programme you’ll learn from our experts and develop your understanding of Criminal Justice theories and concepts in real-world settings.

You’ll be taught by tutors with academic and professional experience. The course will develop your ability to understand the Criminal Justice System (CJS) at a conceptual and operational level, incorporating UK and international perspectives.

You’ll analyse social, economic and political influences, including youth, race, gender and the media, to explore how different societies attempt to control crime and offenders. Optional modules will enable you to advance your critical analytical skills in the fields of international criminal law, terrorism, open source Internet investigation and multi-agency Early Action Partnerships.

Why study with us

  • Your course leader has worked with the Police, Home Office and Non-Government Organisations in generating innovative approaches to issues of crime and disorder.
  • You will develop the relevant conceptual and analytical tools in order to critically examine the CJS process and explore the challenges around risk assessment, diversion, sentencing, victim support, policing and prisons.
  • Our School is the largest provider of education in this field in the UK.

What you'll do

  • If you’re hoping to be employed by, or already working in the CJS, this course is here to enhance your development.
  • Professional Doctorate programmes are available for those who wish to continue their studies, post this course.
  • Our specialist facilities, laboratories and equipment resources are second to none.

Further information

Our course is supplemented by other modules allowing you the flexibility to tailor this course to your individual interests.

A key element is research, providing you with the skills necessary to engage in a Criminal Justice research project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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