Taught course

Criminology, Risk and Safeguarding

University of Cumbria · Law

Entry requirements

Applicants need an honours degree at 2:2 or above Students with other qualifications/and or relevant practitioner experience may be admitted to the course. Please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details

Months of entry


Course content

If you are in a career that addresses crime-related harm, or you want to get into this important arena, our MSc in Criminology, Risk and Safeguarding could be an ideal option for you.

We will focus on safeguarding, digital victimisation, rehabilitation policy and practice, and risk and security management, among other areas.

In addition to enhancing your theoretical command of criminology, you will develop advanced research skills, suitable for theoretical and practical application. As a result, you will be equipped to respond to a range of complex challenges faced by multi-agency professionals with a remit to safeguard communities.

This programme is distinct in its comprehensive analysis of risk and safeguarding as criminological issues. This analytical approach is grounded in an acknowledgement of the correlation between the exploitation of children and adults at risk and subsequent offending behaviour.


  • Develop advanced knowledge and understanding of criminology, risk and safeguarding informed by current practice and research.
  • Identify appropriate methodologies for dealing with complex problems.
  • Examine the intersectionality of power in relation to criminal justice agencies and responses to crime, law and order.
  • Form a critical awareness of the history of ideas, cultural context, as well as social and political theories that inform and influence the practice of criminology.

We offer a stimulating and challenging programme where you can develop specialist knowledge and critical understanding of issues relating to criminology, risk and safeguarding.

Teaching and learning takes place through blended learning, with substantial online engagement to meet the needs of learners in a range of contexts.

Year one
All modules available as stand-alone CPDs.

  • Criminological Frameworks
  • Safeguarding, Risk and Vulnerability
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Global Dimensions of Crime
  • Digital Victimisation
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Dissertation / Practitioner Research
  • Rehabilitation Policy and Practice (optional)
  • Negotiated Learning (optional)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Centre