Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Master's Flexible Framework: Crime Science

crime science
Use and manage the latest scientific and technological techniques, and resulting evidence.

Why take this course?

This course will enable you to develop holistic approaches to the tools and techniques which advances in the fields of science and technology provide. Combined with Specialist Options in investigative intelligence strategies and/or managing investigations you will be able to enhance your ability to critically evaluate and manage effective investigations, drawing upon the latest developments in the field.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Take up advanced study of issues of interest from your first degree in a related subject, or recent experience in investigation, intelligence or security
  • Develop professional expertise in criminal intelligence and/or managing investigations supporting specialisation in this field
  • Follow a campus-based or distance learning programme with experts in this method of teaching

What opportunities might it lead to?

You will be encouraged to develop your own links with the Institute's connections to police forces in Hampshire, Surrey and London. The programme also covers a range of criminal justice issues while developing the skills to produce a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports career development opportunities in a wider range of careers on graduation.

The various workshops and seminars I attend in line with my course have awakened my knowledge much more than I ever imagined.

Marvin Adim Nwaefulu, law and criminology student 2013

Course fees


  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,000
  • International students – £13,200


  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,000 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £6,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Course structure

There are two available routes to study this subject area, which will be reflected in your degree title awarded:

Route A focuses on one subject area, studying a Subject Core unit and relevant Specialist Option. You will also have a free choice to study any other Option.

Route B combines two subject areas, studying two Subject Core units and a relevant Specialist Option.

This means you will study the following 30 credit units:

  • Crime Science
  • additional Subject Core OR Free Option
  • Specialist Option (see below)
  • Research Methods / Research Ethics

Plus your 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project (60 credits)

If you wish to follow the Route B, then please see the relevant webpage for your second subject area for additional subject specific information 

Specialist Options, relating to this subject area:

  • Managing Investigations
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Policing Communities (distance learning only)
  • Missing Persons (distance learning only)
  • Managing Justice & Security Organisations (distance learning only).

Teaching and Assessment

Campus teaching consists of a range of activities such as seminars, lectures and workshops, with multimedia support materials provided within a virtual learning environment (Moodle). For Distance Learning students, multimedia learning materials and study support is provided online via a virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Distance learning student support

Students are supported initially through Orientation and Induction, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed. 

Campus-based student support

Students are supported initially through an induction week, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed.

Students will have access to University support services including careers, financial advice, housing, counselling and can benefit from language development opportunities.

Further study support

Full spectrum library support services and academic skills development is provided, along with dedicated Learning Support Tutors.

How are you assessed?

These may comprise a range of assignments such as essays, case studies, blogs, presentations and a research proposal for your final project. You will then complete a 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project. Academic feedback is provided on all assignments and full academic support is provided by subject experts. All assignment are submitted online.

Careers and Opportunities

The course will enhance your employability and career prospects in an area where there is a wide range of careers in investigation or intelligence work. That includes employment in a broad range of public and private sector bodies where, amongst other things, the search for best value and the need to manage risk effectively, have created many more openings for financial investigators, compliance officers and analysts.

Exit titles

Campus (Full and Part Time) and Distance Learning:

  • MSc Crime Science;
  • MSc Crime Science, Investigation and Intelligence;
  • MSc Crime Science and Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Crime Science and Criminology;
  • MSc Crime Science and Intelligence;
  • MSc Crime Science and Criminal Psychology;
  • MSc Crime Science and Security Management;
  • MSc Crime Science and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption.

Campus (Full and Part Time):

  • MSc Crime Science and Cybercrime. 

Distance Learning:

  • MSc Crime Science and International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Crime Science and Policing, Policy & Leadership. 


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