MSc Applied Criminology

MSc Applied Criminology at Winchester explores the contributions of criminology to relevant professional settings. It reinforces students' understandings of key criminological concepts and methods, translates them to a variety of professional settings and provides
students with both direct experience and enhanced understanding of these professional contexts.

MSc Applied Criminology at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

A related undergraduate degree (first or second-class Honours) is desirable but not essential as the second semester of the full-time MSc is devoted to developing students dissertation within a criminal justice environment. We also encourage applicants with significant professional experience in the area of study. This course is ideal for those with an interest in pursuing a criminal justice career in policing, probation, prison work or simular.

If English is not your first language: 

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration 

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Work Experience: The programme offers a work-based learning module for those students employed in a relevant professional sector for which they receive credit, and an internship opportunity for full-time students. All students complete a professionally focused extended research project.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total cost | £5,000

International Students

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

Total cost | £11,200

Additional costs


  • Travel: Students will incur travel costs on placements to organisations, where primary research will be conducted for their work-based learning module and final dissertation. This will be in the second semester of study. Cost £100-200 (the Department will provide £50 per student toward these costs).


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to buy send-hand copies. Cost £40 - £60. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here


Applied Criminology considers crime, deviance, security and insecurity and addresses a variety of different criminological careers, offering modules relevant to three distinct professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.

In keeping with an ethos of active and engaged learning, students undertake advanced training in criminological research methods relevant to applied settings and gain direct experience through a work placement/internship or work-based learning opportunity for those students employed in relevant professional settings.


Core modules

  • Applied Criminology
  • Work-based Learning in Applied Criminology
  • Applied Criminological Research
  • Applied Criminological Knowledge Exchange Project

Optional modules:

  • Foundations of Forensic Psychology Practice
  • Investigative Leadership and Management in Policing
  • The Criminal Justice System and the Legal Framework
  • Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Policing
  • Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
  • Movement and Security in a Global World

The programme is taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, work-based learning and independent research. Contact with industry experts is a key feature of the course and students meet with regular guest speakers from a number of external organisations concerned with crime, deviance and security. Students have the opportunity to explore these organisations through field visits and work placements.

Programme Leader


Assessments mirror the demands of the professional settings explored through the course and challenge students to produce industry-ready outputs and to tackle live issues and case studies. Assessments include reports, briefing papers, presentations, analysis of policy and professional practice, portfolios and professionally relevant original research.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of criminological careers, specifically focused around three professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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