Taught course

PG Dip Criminology and Criminal Psychology

University of Essex Online · Criminology

Entry requirements

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our PG Dip Criminology and Criminal Psychology programme 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology course you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • At least 3 years’ relevant work experience.

Months of entry

April, July, October

Course content

Criminology has changed a lot over the past 200 years, and modern policing and justice systems must deal with ever-changing challenges and opportunities. The improvement of forensic psychology methods and appearance of new types of crime mean that a thorough understanding of criminological theory has never been more essential.

Throughout your course you will examine a range of perspectives on race, gender, sex and class in the criminal justice system, and explore offences such as violent crime, sexual crimes and firesetting. Topics you’ll study include:

  • 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 the course you will develop your skills in critical evaluation, decision-making and prioritisation. Towards the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to advance onto the Masters in criminology and criminal psychology.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    16 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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