Taught course

Criminology and Criminal Psychology

University of Essex Online · Criminology

Entry requirements

We have two different entry routes:

  • Our Academic Entry Route requires you to have an undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree (or a relevant professional qualification).
  • Our Work Experience Entry Route requires you to have at least five years' senior level work experience.

For both entry routes, if English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Gain a thorough understanding of cutting-edge and important topics within criminology and criminal psychology.
You'll gain detailed knowledge about a range of topics in criminology and criminal psychology including applied forensic psychology, and practical psychology for policing. You'll develop skills relevant to a number of careers in the police service, probation, prisons, victim services and a range of other law enforcement roles.
Course Content
The MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.
Level 7 modules:
  • Applied Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Crime, Causation and Criminological Theory (20 credits)
  • Complex Criminal investigations (20 credits)
  • Practical Psychology for Policing (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)*
  • Criminology and Criminal Psychology Thesis (60 credits)*
  • One optional module from the list below
Optional modules:
  • Criminal Victimisation (20 credits)
  • Policing: Leadership, Policy & Partnerships (20 credits)
* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.
Why University of Essex Online
All our degrees are awarded and validated by the University of Essex, an award-winning university with a 50-year heritage of teaching and research excellence.
You're in safe hands with us - we have been awarded a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and a 93% rating for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
Your course will be delivered through our state-of-the-art virtual learning platform. This provides both high-quality resources and support from experienced tutors, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with fellow professionals around the world.

Information for international students

Our courses are delivered 100% online and part-time, meaning you can study from wherever in the world you are located, with no need to relocate to the UK for study.

Our courses are open to international students based in any country, although you will need to have an English language proficiency at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5. We may ask you to complete a free online English test if you don't hold an IELTS qualification.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10608 for full Msc
International students
£10608 for full Msc

We have a number of funding options available for our students. Most UK or EU students living in England are eligible for a government-backed postgraduate student loan that covers the full cost of their course tuition fees.

If you are not eligible for a tuition fee loan, or you decide to fund your course yourself, we offer a simple monthly payment plan to enable you to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies. A 10% discount is available for up-front payment of each level.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course; we think you’ll love it! But if you decide it’s not for you within the first 21 days then you will receive a full refund. Terms and conditions apply.

Qualification and course duration


8 months


16 months


24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 800 0527 526