Taught course

Public Protection

University of Gloucestershire · School of Natural and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent qualification, or relevant professional expertise.
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The focus is on enhancing practitioners’ understanding of current issues in public protection, and developing their capacity to undertake their own research to underpin evidence-based practice.

Topics typically covered include domestic abuse and homicide, stalking, sexual violence, child abuse, child sexual exploitation, honour-based violence, trafficking and modern slavery, hate crime, elder abuse and missing persons.

By reviewing the current understanding of best practice in multi-agency working, risk assessment and threat assessment, the programme offers valuable professional development opportunities for those working in the criminal justice sector, victim organisations, advocacy roles, and a range of public services careers.

Participants develop their research skills, by conducting a live project to explore key issues relevant to their own employer or another organisation, thus generating new knowledge that can be applied directly to practice. Examples of recent projects include scoping the value of a pan-agency stalking clinic in the county, and the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorders within child sexual exploitation offenders.

The programme benefits from the innovative work undertaken within the Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection at the university, including the application of research findings to the design of training and tools for frontline service delivery and development.

On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, you could choose to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Criminology (see page 30). There’s also the option of taking individual modules as continuing professional development (CPD).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

03330 141414