Taught course

The Criminal Justice Process

University of Salford · Salford Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants to this course must have a good (i.e., at least second class) honours degree in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Three good reasons to study The Criminal Justice Process at Salford:

  • Gain a critical and comprehensive overview of the contemporary criminal justice process
  • Excellent opportunities to interact with criminal justice practitioners, both on and off campus
  • Boost your career within Criminal Justice through enhancing your knowledge in this area and developing your reflective skills

Course summary

This unique course views the criminal justice process as a set of decision points involving numerous agencies working singly or jointly.

It provides you with comprehensive, up-to-date, information while exploring in detail some key contemporary transformations in the field (digitalisation, partnership working, internationalisation, privatisation and accountability).

It is aimed at criminal justice practitioners, or those intending to work in this field. Our strong and growing links with local and regional criminal justice agencies support a critical and reflective approach to the workings of criminal justice.

Suitable for

Practitioners working in the criminal justice system, and associated agencies, wishing to further their knowledge and understanding of the contemporary criminal justice process. Also graduates with degrees in criminology, law or associated disciplines who are planning to work in the criminal justice system.

Applicant profile

This course is for you if you are working in the criminal justice system and are interested in the way in which your specific role fits in to the broader criminal justice process. It will particularly benefit practitioners who need a better understanding of the work undertaken by other criminal justice agencies, and who want an opportunity to reflect critically on contemporary developments in the field, such as privatisation, digitalisation and internationalisation.

Criminal justice practitioners who do not hold an undergraduate degree may be eligible for admission through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Those who wish to apply for admission via this route will be asked to submit a letter of application and attend an interview.

If you are a recent graduate in criminology, law, or a related discipline and thinking of a career in criminal justice, this course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of contemporary practice and give you the knowledge and insights necessary to perform well in your future employment.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Fees 2014-15

Full-time £6,000

Full-time International £12,800

Full-time PgDip £4,300

Full-time PgCert £2,150

Fees 2015-16

Full-time £6,120

Full-time International £13,050

Full-time PgDip £4,380

Full-time PgCert £2,190

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months


full time
8 months
part time
24 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Either dissertation (33%) OR project (25%) and oral presentation (8%)33

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 295 4545