Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Criminology and criminal justice studies

Criminology is a vast field covering how much crime there is and how it is distributed, why crime happens, and the implications of crime for our communities. It also looks at the responses to crime, how it is solved and how society as a whole can deal with it.

The fascinating debates surrounding the causes of crime have moved on considerably since the nineteenth century, when Cesare Lombroso began measuring the skulls, limbs and eyes of offenders to determine their criminality. Contemporary criminologists draw on a wealth of factors in their studies, including the sociological, psychological, geographical, environmental and political.

Criminal Justice is essentially how we as a society deal with the problem of crime. It involves agencies with which we are all familiar; police, prisons, courts and probation services. for example. Increasingly it also involves local authorities, private sector security services, national and local charities, and in multi-agency working a number of services not normally associated with crime (for example, health, education, housing and social services).

Responding to crime, preventing crime, punishing crime and rehabilitating offenders are all aspects of criminal justice. Thousands of staff are employed and billions of pounds are spent each year as government seeks to allay the fear of crime and reassure the public that all is being done to tackle a problem which affects many but in very differentiated ways.

ICJS houses the largest criminology department in Britain, and has excellent contacts with all major criminal justice agencies. We have developed programmes which offer our students a considerable advantage if they have plans for a police career. We deliver over 50% of probation officer training in England and Wales. We use our associations to foster research and work experience opportunities and much of our academic research is enhanced by close working with key partners.

Criminal justice in the 21st century is a fascinating subject which covers a range of disciplines (criminology, psychology, social policy, forensic studies and politics to name but a few) and our wide academic disciplinary staff group offers students the opportunities to explore criminal justice in its broadest sense.

Courses with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies content

Students with a master's qualification can also progress to a professional doctorate:

  • Doctorate in Criminal Justice (D.Crim.J.)

Virtual Open Days

We will be holding virtual open days throughout the coming months for students who want to find out more about our part-time distance learning undergraduate degrees.

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