Taught course

PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology

University of Essex Online · Criminology

Entry requirements

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology course you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • At least three years’ relevant work experience.

Months of entry

April, July, October

Course content

Crime in modern society can only be tackled thoroughly with a good understanding of the theory, history and challenges that face the discipline. Students on our short postgraduate criminology course will consider these and learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge to a number of practical situations.

This course can be completely tailored to fit your own professional interests, as you will be able to choose from five optional modules covering topics such as:

  • the sociological approach to crime, criminology and criminological theory
  • the role of forensic psychology in manging mentally disordered offenders
  • the status of the victim throughout the criminal process
  • the historic relationship between psychology and policing, and what this means for modern policing
  • critical assessment of complex criminal investigations in accordance with national standards.

Throughout your study you will develop your skills in presenting reasoned arguments and backing them up with evidence through engaging discussion forums with fellow classmates. At the end of your course, there will be the opportunity to progress onto the PG Dip or Masters in criminology and criminal psychology.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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