“This MSc is ideal for students without a first degree in psychology, who want to further their skills within the world of criminology. You will get an in-depth introduction into the varied types of crime, as well as the criminal justice system, focussing on practical lessons such as criminal behaviour, legal psychology and the dynamics of the courtroom.” Jenni Ward, programme leader
The Criminology with Forensic Psychology Masters at Middlesex in London combines core modules in Criminology and Forensic Psychology with optional modules on topics including terrorism, drugs, trans-national crime, conflict, and the major institutions of criminal justice. The Forensic Psychology component is delivered by specialists within the Psychology department whilst the criminological core and optional modules are drawn from the longstanding and internationally known MA Criminology: Crime, Conflict and Control.
The course will be of special interest to those without a first degree in psychology (typically a requirement on Masters courses in Forensic and Criminological Psychology) but with a particular interest in psychological perspectives on crime and criminal justice. All staff delivering modules on the course are engaged in research which informs teaching on the programme.
Student field trips are a special feature of the programme. A museum visit enables psychological understandings of genocide and state crime, and observational visits to the criminal courts assist knowledge of psycho-legal court room processes. Module teaching incorporates guest lectures delivered by experts working in the field of offender management, gang life and culture, urban policing, prisoner care and welfare, and forensic psychology, to name some. A prison visit is also a special feature of the programme.
Students on the MSc are encouraged to attend the Common Studies Programme with postgraduate criminologists studying in universities across Europe including Athens, Barcelona, Ghent, Hamburg, Rotterdam, and also at John Jay College in New York. The Autumn 2014 meeting is at the University of Peloponnese, Greece and the Spring 2015 meeting is at the University of Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Using historical and contemporary case studies, the modules cover all types of crime, from white collar to state, hate to cyber, narcotics, terrorism and conflict, as well as the justice system, policing methods and prison service.
The programme is constructed of two core modules covering, in turn, contemporary criminological theory, methods, issues and debates and psychological approaches towards the causes and management of offending behaviour.
Students then choose two optional modules (selected from the list below) that enable students to focus on areas of special interest, including institutions of criminal justice, community safety, drugs, youth and adult offending and comparative perspectives on each of these areas.
In addition, all students complete a 15,000 word dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff on a topic they choose drawing on sociological and psychological perspectives.
This module is informed by the British Psychological Society's National Occupational Standards. It includes psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, its aetiology, and its ramifications within the criminal justice system. Various decision-making models pertinent to criminal behaviour, victimisation, and the effects of crime are explored in conjunction with the social psychological and psycho-judicial consequences of crime. Through analysing the decisions made at different stages in the legal process, students are encouraged to reflect upon the application of psychology to the practice of criminal justice.
This module introduces the major theoretical positions and debates in criminology to illustrate the links between criminological theory and research, and between policy and practice. Studying the principal research methodologies deployed in criminological investigation equips students with the core skills needed to conduct their own criminological research.
MSc and PG Dip students then choose two from the following:
This module covers the application of criminological theories and concepts in relation to drugs, drug use and drugs control. It encourages students to evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control and their social, political and economic contexts. The module also fosters a critical interest in the reform of drugs policy and institutions at both national and international levels.
This module explores criminological issues from a global perspective including the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world, a focus on crimes which transcend national borders, the comparative analysis of different countries' approaches to dealing with crime, and the 'globalisation' of criminal justice. It equips students to undertake their own international and or comparative research and analysis.
This module uses the criminal justice system and its different institutions to examine contemporary issues, debates and policy relating to crime control, the processing of defendants through the criminal courts, punishment, and incarceration. It assesses whether we have witnessed a tightening of crime control policy towards greater punitiveness. The constructs 'risk' and 'civil liberties' are used to assess the balance between protecting the public and observing the individual rights and freedoms of citizens.
This module presents sociological and criminological interpretations of the intertwined themes: conflict, social change, control, social movements and political violence. The first part of the module addresses these themes from the point of view of social theory, and the second part uses them for a criminological analysis of political violence. Among the issues addressed are the two extreme forms of political violence, namely terrorism and war.
This module examines contemporary social problems often said to threaten the fabric of society, that are subject to intense media exposure, and that involve significant resources via schools, the police, the courts, charities, independent commissions etc. These include street crime, night-time disorder, riots and riotous behaviour, the sexual exploitation of young women, cyber-bullying, the use and misuse of drugs and alcohol, most of which are commonly associated with youth in general and youth gangs in particular.
This module explores the theoretical background to crime and disorder reduction and provides practitioner based examples and solutions to alleviating it. Crime and disorder is studied from a socio-spatial perspective such as 'urban' and 'neighbourhood' dimensions of crime, contemporary partnership arrangements in place to regulate it, and the problems and merits of implementing local and national governmental policies aimed at tackling it.
MSc students only:
The 15,000 word dissertation provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of their interest in depth, and to apply the skills, knowledge and methods learned over the course of their programme. Previous students have conducted research on the reintegration of sex offenders into the community, comparative penal policy towards mentally disordered offenders, 'honour killing' and domestic violence, police prosecution of rape and sexual violence, among many other important topics of study.
Teaching on the MSc. is delivered by expert academics who are research active in a range criminological and psychological subject areas and bring these specialisms to their lecture delivery and classroom discussion. Students are encouraged to actively participate in their learning and prepare to engage in questioning and debate within teaching sessions and in online discussion forums led by programme staff.
Modules are assessed by a range of coursework design including essays, book reviews, criminal courtroom observations, student seminar presentations, a research proposal and a dissertation. Regular events and presentations are organised within the department to assist a dynamic culture of knowledge exchange and the generation of ideas and debate among our postgraduate students. The Crime and Conflict Research Centre (CCRC) holds seminars throughout the year and hosts an annual conference in April. The conference brings together outside speakers, academic staff and current students to listen and discuss contemporary issues of crime and conflict in the world around us. Previous conference themes have been 'gangs', 'human rights and citizenship', 'punishment', policing and protest, and the April 2014 conference was on feminist debates around violence, sex work and pornography.
Staff members' research investigations involve: the policing of online child sexual exploitation, dangerous dog ownership and legislation, the criminal courts and justice administration, drug policy and practice, violence towards sex workers, rape and sexual violence, women's bereavement from homicide, collective protest and social movements, social change and social conflict, organised crime and corruption and penal abolitionism.
We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email email@example.com.
For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. You will need to fill in an application form and return it to the appropriate admissions office. UK and EU students should apply directly to the London office. Non-EU international students can apply to our international admissions office in London, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application.
There are a wide range of career options for graduates of this course. Students have gone on to work for the National Crime Agency, prison drug services, the probation service and offender management, services aimed at victims of domestic violence, as mentors for young men coming out of prison, and/or have been able to progress in the local government, policing, and youth offending organisations they are already employed within. A number of them have also chosen to continue their studies in criminology and psychology to PhD level.
Andrea Kirsty de Timog-Viegas
"I was interested in the MSc Criminology with Forensic Psychology course as I did not have a psychology degree but had studied it extensively during my time at sixth form. This course presented me with the opportunity to further my criminological skills by immersing myself into the diverse nature of 'crime', by understanding the processes which underpin the criminal justice system and by developing practical skills regarding criminal behaviour, legal psychology and the dynamics of the courtroom."
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Criminology with Forensic Psychology
This course is offered full time or part time. The fees below refer to the 2015/16 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees 2015||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2015*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£47 (per taught credit) |
£23 (per dissertation credit)
|£80 (per taught credit) |
£40 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 credits)||£47 (per taught credit)||£80 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 credits)||£47 (per taught credit)||£80 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
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