Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Master's Flexible Framework: Victimology

Informed by the latest thinking in victimology


This subject area provides an insight to the difficulties and challenges presented to people who become victims of crime, whether or not they choose to report the crime. It will introduce students to the academic discipline of victimology, exploring the theoretical perspectives that have helped to inform our understanding of the processes of victimisation, and the wider historical and political contexts that have influenced the subsequent development of victim-centred policies and legislation. It will instil an appreciation of the extent and impact of victimisation and enable students to identify individuals and groups who may be more vulnerable and at greater risk of victimisation. It will assist students to develop a critical understanding of contemporary policies and legislation (with a focus on England and Wales, but will include a comparative perspective), and the impact of these reforms upon professional cultures and practices. This will provide students with the skills to evaluate criminal justice processes as they relate to victims of crime, and to understand the value of support services and collaborative partnerships in achieving the best outcomes for victims of crime.


Studying via distance learning, students will experience a blended learning approach which incorporates written learning materials, an interactive reading list, and web based resources that facilitate communication and peer learning. Students will have a named unit co-ordinator to support and guide where required, and will have access to academic skills student support and library services.

This will enable students to examine the ways that victims of crime interact with the criminal justice system and apply research and theory to understand ways to balance victim and offender rights. It will also assist them to critically review the research about crime victims and enable students to become active researchers and develop their own knowledge based upon research evidence.


Significant reforms have introduced victim-centred policies and legislation, placing increasing responsibility and accountability upon all criminal justice professionals and a range of other agencies to work with victims of crime and comply with legislation. As a consequence, many agencies have developed specific roles which focus on working with victims of crime. Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree, you will graduate with a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports a diverse range of careers within criminal justice agencies and related support services, creating a range of career development opportunities in this field.

A significant number of ICJS students are police officers and police staff seeking to further their career development in managerial roles in police and related organisations. Others have also found ICJS courses useful in developing their professional portfolio as a means of securing employment in broader policing, security and government organisations.

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:

  • Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Professional Practice
  • 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:

  • Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience
  • Policing Communities
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • Missing Persons

Teaching and Assessment

The delivery of this subject is by Distance Learning only. This teaching consists of multimedia learning materials and study support provided online via a virtual learning environment (Moodle).


Students are supported by an Induction, a named unit co-ordinator to access support and guidance where required and further support is provided by your Dissertation Supervisor once appointed.


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


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 assignments are submitted online.

Careers and Opportunities

Risks and new regulation have increased the needs for enhanced professionalism in the field. This course is designed to help those working in the field to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to meet these needs. It may also be followed by those wishing to enter employment in this sector.

Exit titles

Distance Learning:

  • MSc Victimology
  • MSc Criminal Justice and Victimology
  • MSc Criminology and Victimology
  • MSc International Criminal Justice and Victimology
  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and Victimology
  • MSc Criminal Psychology and Victimology
  • MSc Security Management and Victimology
  • MSc Crime Science and Victimology
  • MSc Policing, Policy & Leadership and Victimology
  • MSc Victimology and Intelligence


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