Research course

Criminal Justice Studies

University of Portsmouth · Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

Research encompasses a wide range of theoretical, methodological and doctrinal approaches in law and the Criminal Justice System. Research strengths converge in several areas, including business law, discrimination law and legal education, with productive interdisciplinary collaborations such as with criminal justice and economics.

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) is a multi-disciplinary department with an extensive range of research activity, pure and applied. A number of our staff are leading figures in their fields of scholarship. Our researchers work to enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the broad field of criminal justice and criminological studies, including research into criminology and criminal justice studies, counter fraud, community justice, police, forensics and investigation, security and risk management, and criminal psychology. Research within the field of Law and Criminology may also be closely linked to research within the department of Psychology.

Module Details

Criminology - Risk, Security and Counter Fraud

We are working and supervising in research areas such as:

  • Societal and organisational risk
  • Delivery of security from public and private sector perspectives
  • The challenge of fraud and its effective control

Criminology - Policing Crime and Investigating

The Policing, Crime and Investigation Cluster is a multi-disciplinary umbrella for research on policing, probation, crime scene methods, and criminal and forensic investigation. As well as staff from ICJS, the Cluster includes staff from the School of Law, the Portsmouth Business School (forensic accounting) and the Department of Psychology. Research areas include:

  • Investigative interviewing and evidence
  • Masculinities and offending behaviour
  • Miscarriages of justice
  • Police accountability, governance and police reform
  • Police management and police leadership
  • Public protection and MAPPA
  • Professional culture in inter-professional contexts
  • Development of forensic and crime scene investigation

Criminology - Youth Crime and Social Justice

Our research focuses on young people and families in trouble as well as the youth justice system. Research areas include:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Child abuse, safeguarding and children in care
  • Comparative research on young people in trouble
  • Crime prevention and interventions with young people in trouble
  • Crime prevention and safer schools
  • Researching youth and social justice – methodological issues
  • Restorative Justice & Social Justice

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £4,121 p/a, part-time students: £1,970 p/a. *Fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
full-time students: £12,600 p/a, part-time students: £6,300 p/a. *Fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566