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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Dip Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £7,891 For queries: 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 the Masters in criminology and criminal psychology.

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.
  • Receive your degree from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2023)

This fascinating module has been specially designed by a consultant forensic psychologist with experience working with offenders suffering from mental disorders. On completion, you’ll have sharp knowledge of the ethical and practical issues of dealing with mentally ill offenders – as well as the approaches to treating and managing offenders in various settings, such as the community, hospitals or prison.  

Explore criminology from a sociological perspective, as this exciting module covers the history of crime and investigates various crime theories – including psychological positivism and control, crime policing and punishment, and labelling. This will give you a unique insight into sociological criminology, as well as how to explain and control criminal behaviour.

What problems can investigating crime pose and how do you apply your learning in real-life situations? Find out in this comprehensive module, which brings together academic research and professional practice. From homicides to riots, you’ll explore a variety of crimes and the way they’re specifically investigated – while also considering miscarriages of justice, pitfalls and the role of the coroner.

How does psychology affect police practice? Find out in this thought-provoking module. You’ll investigate the symbiotic relationship between the two, as well as ‘street psychology’, decision making and psychology in police interviews. Upon completion, you’ll be able to identify where psychological research has positively impacted on policing and where it can be improved.

Combining both theory and practice, this informative module gives you a solid understanding of the research approaches commonly adopted in criminology and criminal psychology. You’ll complete the module with a sound knowledge of research methodologies and how to construct a literature review – as well as essential skills in data handling within quantitative research.

From investigation to prosecution, the role of the victim in the criminal process is paramount. That’s why this engaging module is designed to help you develop a strong understanding of victimology, the theories of repeat victimisation strategies and victimisation from a ‘gendered’ perspective.

Explore the ways leadership, criminology and social science impact on policing, with this fascinating module. You’ll take a close look at the origins of British policing, as well as present and future challenges – allowing you to critically evaluate common challenges in police organisations and the relationship between policing and cross-sectoral partnerships.

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 dedicated Student Support team

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 Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our PG Dip Criminology and Criminal Psychology 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 course, 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 your two-week induction period 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 three years’ relevant 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: £7,891 (2022-23) Δ

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.
  • Postgraduate student loans are available in England for full Masters degrees only.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. 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.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Dip Criminology and Criminal Psychology are experts in the fields of criminology and psychology.

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