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  • Research cutting-edge methods and techniques
  • Opportunity to gain experience in a work placement
  • Prepare for a career in policing, forensic psychology or security 

Can you eliminate the impossible to find the truth, however improbable? Whether you’re pursuing a career as a consulting detective or a more conventional route into the world of criminology, Applied Criminology at Winchester equips you with the skills and knowledge to enter your chosen profession. 

Explore the fascinating and complex world of crime, deviance, security and insecurity as they relate to careers in crime prevention, detection and security. Develop your understanding of criminological concepts and methods and how they’re used in professional contexts, with opportunities to gain direct experience through a work placement or internship. Complete advanced training in criminological research methods relevant to applied settings, in keeping with our ethos of active and engaged learning. 

In core modules including Applied Criminology and Applied Criminological Research you consider and discuss the impact of criminology on a range of professions – which can be as wide-ranging as counter-terrorism, criminal and social justice issues, and global security. Optional modules such as Foundations of Forensic Psychology Practice, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, and The Criminal Justice System and the Legal Framework provide you with opportunities to develop your particular specialist interests. You complete a professionally focused extended research project on a relevant topic, which can be informed by your work placement. Part-time students who are employed in a relevant profession can complete a work-based learning module. 

The course leader, Johannes P Oosthuizen, is a former UK police officer with 14 years’ experience, having conducted attachments with the FBI (2008 and 2013) and Dutch Police (2007 to 2011). He has experience and research interests in counter-terrorism, neighbourhood policing and private sector partnership strategies. 

The Applied Criminology MSc equips your to pursue a career in policing, forensic psychology, or security.


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

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

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.

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

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.


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.


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 similar.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Year 1: Level 7

Semester 1 Credits

Applied Criminology 40

Criminology is both a unique and distinctive social science discipline in that it brings together those social science and humanities disciplines with an interest in issues of crime and criminality. Criminology is also an applied social science and as such makes a contribution not only to the development of theoretical explanations but also to the policy and practice of those agencies and organisations in society charged with the management, control and prevention of crime. As such this module will explore and develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of Criminology and the relationship between theoretical perspectives and explanations and the substantive issues of crime and criminality. It will also critically examine the unique contribution of a range of academic disciplines in explaining the phenomenon of crime and criminality. The module will also explore the relationship between theoretical explanations of crime and their application in the realm of policy and practice at both a macro and micro level, i.e. at both the societal and community level as well as at the agency and organisational level of those charged with the responsibility to operationalize such policies. The module will conclude by exploring the changing practices of a range of crime related agencies such as the police, prison and probation services, amongst others, in the management, control and prevention of crime and criminality in a constantly and fast changing social, economic and political environment.


Semester 2 Credits

Applied Criminological Knowledge Exchange Project 60

The module is an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of original research directed towards a specific professional context. The research will tackle an issue of contemporary relevance to an external organisation working broadly within the criminological field. The project will recognise current debates within the academic and professional literatures and will be based on a sophisticated review of salient literatures. It is expected that the project will contain a substantial amount of original data which will be collected, analysed and presented as part of the project. The finding of the project will be applied to a specific professional context and it is expected that it will conclude with a set of recommendations which address an aspect of current practice. Aspects of the project may be negotiated with an external organisation.

Applied Criminological Research 20

This module will develop the understanding of the research process required at advanced and postgraduate level. The module will through the use of surveys explore the issues relating to the design and analysis of quantitative research. Qualitative research design and analysis will be addressed through exploring the techniques of data collection associated with interviewing, focus group research, life course analysis, ethnography and biographical approaches. Issues of research ethics as well as sampling within both qualitative and quantitative methods will also be explored. The application, organisation and dissemination of research findings will be dealt with through an examination of the writing up and presentational aspects of the research process.

Work-Based Learning in Applied Criminology 20

The module allows students to critically reflect upon a period of professional experience in a context appropriate to the course. The module is open to students in full or part time employment in an appropriate career as well as those who access the professional context through an internship, or period of voluntary or work experience. Students will undertake professional tasks and roles and critically reflect on their practice in the context of specialist career trajectories. They will produce a portfolio of achievement to reflect their professional experience. This portfolio should act as a resource to deploy within subsequent career development. Students will learn to identify their own professional development needs and professional development resources available to them.

Work placements and internships are negotiated either with students’ own employing organisation, if appropriate to the programme, or with a range of appropriate organisations that the university has connections with. A member of Department of Applied Social Studies staff has responsibilities for the establishment and monitoring of placements and internships. Appropriate support is available to both employers and students undertaking ‘Work Based Learning in Applied Criminology’.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Foundations of Forensic Psychology Practice – 20 Credits

Investigative Leadership and Management in Policing – 20 Credits

The Criminal Justice System and the Legal Framework – 20 Credits

Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Policing – 20 Credits

Cybercrime and Cybersecurity – 20 Credits

Movement and Security in a Global World – 20 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £5,500
Part-time entry | £2,750 p/a

Total Cost | £5,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Core Text

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. 



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).


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honour
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester