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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 24 months
Start date: October 2019 Tuition fee: £10,906 (learn more) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Develop your skills in leading complex criminal investigations, improve your skills in making reasoned arguments and rational decisions, and deepen your understanding of a range of key criminological theories, practices and perspectives in order to improve your potential impact within a policing, prison, probation or other criminal justice setting.

Our criminology Masters helps you take advantage of the new opportunities available within psychology, as well as making you aware of how new and growing challenges can be addressed. You’ll delve into a range of specialist topics such as:

  • the sociological approach to crime, criminology and criminological theory
  • the role of forensic psychology in manging mentally disordered offenders
  • the status of the victim throughout the criminal process
  • the historic relationship between psychology and policing, and what this means for modern policing
  • critical assessment of complex criminal investigations in accordance with national standards.

Towards the end of your degree, you will produce an original piece of research on the topic of your choice within criminology and criminal psychology, conducting research retrieval and thorough analysis of the issue and presenting it effectively. Throughout the course you will debate course content with fellow professionals, improving your skills in critical reasoning, communication and leadership, all of which will enhance your potential in future roles related to criminology.

Why we’re great

  • Course content is drawn from cutting edge research at the University of Essex’s leading Centre for Criminology.
  • Modules have been developed by a former Detective Chief Superintendent from the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team in one of the UK’s largest police forces.
  • Each student is assigned a dedicated Student Support Adviser who acts as their mentor and guide from admission through to graduation.

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Teaching Methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology course has an indicative study duration of 2 years, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Senior roles within criminal justice are often a career objective for our criminology graduates. Many go on to serve as analytical police staff or police officers, or in offender support, probation, prison and victim services. The course will also be useful for those seeking employment within security services and the National Crime Agency.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work Experience Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least five years’ senior level work experience

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £10,906
Monthly tuition fee: £454

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Name: Dr Benjamin M Baughman 
Programme: MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology 

Dr Benjamin Baughman is a former Sergeant from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) and currently an Instructor with the North Carolina Justice Academy (NCJA) in the United States (US).  Ben develops and delivers a range of classes by drawing on his real-world experience and formal education. Additionally, he is practiced in the application and instruction in the use of investigative psychology, critical incident response, law enforcement techniques and mathematical modelling. Throughout his fifteen year career in law enforcement he served in the following capacities with the RPD; Patrol Officer, Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and Coordinator, State Certified Instructor, Crime Analyst, Detective and Sergeant. Currently, Ben is developing the 2017 In-Service mandatory training on improving decision making for all sworn N.C. law enforcement.

 

Name: Yasmin Devi-McGleish, BSc and PhD candidate  
Programme: MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology 

After completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology, Yasmin started a PhD in Criminology. Her research looks at the use of Restorative Justice type approaches in educational settings. She is now coming into the final stages of her PhD. Yasmin has extensive experience taking seminars and lectures for a range of undergraduate modules. She also has experience teaching a range of modules relating to criminology and psychology in her role as a postgraduate tutor.

 

Name: Dr Max Mclean, Ph.D 
Programme: MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology 

Max Mclean joined West Yorkshire Police in 1980 and progressed from investigator to Detective Chief Inspector and all the way up to Head of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, a role which demanded his personal oversight of all major investigations conducted by the Force’s Senior Investigating Officers as well as direct line management of the homicide and major enquiry Review Team (‘cold cases’). Following retirement in October 2010, Max embarked on a full-time PhD postgraduate research degree at the University of Huddersfield, studying decision-making by Coroners in their investigations of unexplained deaths. He graduated in 2015. Max presently lectures extensively in homicide investigation, ‘cold-case’ investigation techniques, tackling institutional sexual and physical abuse and police interview procedures with both suspects and witnesses. He is the author of numerous crime related articles in both academic journals and national daily publications.

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