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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Dip Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £7,271 Funding options: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Criminology has changed a lot over the past 200 years, and modern policing and justice systems must deal with ever-changing challenges and opportunities. The improvement of forensic psychology methods and appearance of new types of crime mean that a thorough understanding of criminological theory has never been more essential.

Throughout your course you will examine a range of perspectives on race, gender, sex and class in the criminal justice system, and explore offences such as violent crime, sexual crimes and firesetting. Topics you’ll study include:

  • 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.

Throughout the course you will develop your skills in critical evaluation, decision-making and prioritisation. Towards the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to advance onto a full MSc.

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.
  • Our student satisfaction is among the highest in the UK, according to the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2019.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 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 PG Dip Criminology and Criminal Psychology course has an indicative study duration of 16 months, 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 PG Dip 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 PG Dip 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: £7,271
Monthly tuition fee: £454

  • 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.
  • Postgraduate student loans are available in England for full Masters degrees only.

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 Rachel Dolan MSc, PhD
Programme: MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology

Dr Rachel Dolan completed her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester and completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis looked at the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers in prison. She was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and the NHS exploring the mental health of mothers in prison. She has also done research on indeterminate sentences, Offending Behaviour Programmes, and at HMP Grendon. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and a Distance Learning Tutor at the University of Liverpool and the University of Roehampton. She is also Winston Churchill Fellow and travelled to the Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States to explore alternative approaches to prison for mothers. She has published in peer reviewed journals and presented her work at national and international conferences.

 

Name: Dr Nicole Sherretts MSc, PhD
Programme: MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology

Dr Nicole Sherretts completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained her MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield. Nicole is a Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Psychology and has experience working with the Criminal Justice System in the US. She is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist and while she primarily conducts research in prisons in Pennsylvania (including those that house death row inmates), she is also an International Advisory Board member for the global None-in-Three Research Centre; an effort dedicated to combating the statistic that 1 in 3 women will face violence (domestic and sexual) in their lifetimes. Nicole’s research interests include: Psychopathy, Criminal Social Identity, Homicidal behaviour, Serial homicide, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Crime analysis, and Investigative analysis.

 

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.

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