Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

About us

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since become one of the UK's leading centres for research and course provision in criminology, criminal justice and police studies.

With 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students, the Institute is one of the largest departments of its kind and has become an internationally renowned focal point for the multidisciplinary study of crime and criminal justice processes.

It draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk, security and international and comparative criminal justice.

Our Core Values

The Institute's 'Core Values' underpin all aspects of its research, teaching and consultancies:

  • To enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the field of criminal justice and criminological studies.
  • To further the development of human rights, equal opportunities, integrity and fair treatment within criminal justice and related areas.
  • To further the development of democratic governance and accountabilities within criminal justice and related agencies.
  • To promote the interests of disadvantaged communities and groups discriminated against, by and within, criminal justice and related areas.
  • To promote the development of professionalism and professionalisation within criminal justice and related agencies.

Our Experience

The Institute has many years of experience in:

  • The provision of course programmes for full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students from diverse backgrounds and prior educational experience.
  • The delivery of distance learning programmes to large numbers of students from widely dispersed geographical areas, including an established machinery for data and process management of large student numbers.
  • The development of student support systems providing expert individual and group advice and guidance on study skills, subject matter, assessment and personal matters.
  • Course design which combines the highest standards of academic rigour (guaranteed through a transparent Quality Assurance system) with organisationally-relevant and work-based subject matter.
  • Course assessment systems which enable students in employment to relate their studies to work-related issues and problems.
  • Course programmes that conform to the nationally-based Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme and which provide for maximum flexibility of entrance points, periods of study and exit points within undergraduate and postgraduate frameworks of study.
  • Course programmes which make full use of the Accreditation of Prior Learning and therefore enable work-based training and experience to gain recognition within academic credit frameworks.
  • Course programmes which embody the principles of partnership and which, in both design and delivery, dovetail academic requirements with the needs of the workplace and employers.

Professional links

The Institute's extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies help to ensure that course delivery and development reflect the changing needs of professionals. Our full-time undergraduates benefit from the Institute's professional links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being helped to find professional work placements.

Our distinctive approach to supported distance learning, robust procedures for the accreditation of prior learning and modular award framework not only help facilitate access to higher education but also offer flexible and transferable platforms for life-long learning.