Research course

Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice

Institution
University of Portsmouth · Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Qualifications
DCrimJ

Entry requirements

A master's degree in a relevant subject, preferably of Merit level. It is essential that applicants are professionally engaged in one of the many areas of criminal justice. Applicants should be working at a senior level and/or have strong relevant criminal justice experience. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The professional doctorate comprises a structured four-year programme with a taught element delivered through a small number of workshops in Portsmouth for the first two years and then two years of supervised research leading to a thesis.

Established in 2007, this course offers a framework for criminal justice professionals to reflect on and contribute to practice in their area of work. The emphasis is on developing researching professionals (which is distinct from the more traditional PhD route which aims to develop professional researchers).

IS IT FOR ME?

Students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds in criminal justice including:

  • policing
  • counter fraud
  • security
  • youth justice
  • prisons
  • probation
  • the legal profession/magistracy
  • forensic mental health

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

The overall aim of the course is to develop criminal justice professionals whose work informs, and is informed by, original research in the field. Previous graduates have followed research projects into profession-related subjects such as:

  • Reform and the Garda in the Republic of Ireland
  • The National Intelligence Model and reduced risk in the public sector
  • Gender within specialist police departments

Qualification and course duration

DCrimJ

part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566