Taught course

Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Leicester · Department of Criminology

Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent professional qualification We can give special consideration if you have significant work experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry

September, March

Course content

The MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice will provide you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the explanations of crime and the criminal justice system. Combined with an in-depth analysis of the extent, effects and explanations of crime, the course examines the criminal justice process including the police, courts and prison, and analyses methods of crime prevention and control.

This distance learning course is studied part-time over two years and allows you to specialise in a subject of your choice. The core modules look at the theories of crime and criminal justice, and the connections between them, enabling you to critically appraise the current thinking on criminology. Option modules look at community safety, policing and crime prevention, policing disorder and social change, and leadership and management. You also have the opportunity to undertake supervised research in an area of direct professional relevance.

The course will enable you to engage in informed debate about major issues in criminal justice and equip you with the skills to design, conduct and critically appraise research and apply these to your own practice.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600 required or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Employers, sponsorship, Career Development Loan.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Social Science Distance Learning Hub
0116 252 5164