"This MSc is ideal for students without a first degree in psychology who want to further their skills in criminology. You will get an in-depth introduction to the varied types of crime, as well as the criminal justice system, focusing on practical lessons such as criminal behaviour and legal psychology."Dr Jennifer Ward, Programme Leader
This degree combines core modules in criminology and forensic psychology with optional modules on topics including drugs, trans-national crime and conflict, policing, terrorism and the major institutions of criminal justice. The programme is delivered within the Criminology and Sociology Department in the School of Law, while the forensic psychology component is taught by colleagues with specialisms in criminological psychology.
The course is of special interest to those without a first degree in 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 that informs their teaching on the programme.
Students have the opportunity to study modules on criminology programmes with our European partner universities supported by Erasmus funding.
Students studying this master's degree at Middlesex will benefit from field trips and expert guest lectures. Observational visits to the criminal courts assist a knowledge of psycho-legal court room decision-making and a visit to an adult prison builds an understanding of imprisoned populations and the psycho-social intervention programmes operating within prisons. Module teaching incorporates specialist guest lectures delivered by experts working in the fields of offender management, gangs, policing, prisoner care and welfare, and forensic psychology.
Students on the MSc are encouraged to attend the Common Studies Programme in Critical Criminology with postgraduate criminologists studying in universities across Europe including Athens, Barcelona, Ghent, Hamburg, Rotterdam, and also at John Jay College in New York.
You will be taught by experts from both Psychology and Criminology who have a wealth of specialist knowledge and research experience between them, including Dr Simon Harding, a gangs and dangerous dogs expert, and Dr Elena Martellozzo, who offers regular expert advice about online child safety to the Metropolitan Police.
Other research interests within the team include the criminal courts and justice administration; the treatment of mentally disordered offenders; drug policy and practice; violence towards sex workers; collective protest and social movements; organised crime and corruption; and penal abolitionism.
Please note that this degree programme is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and does not qualify students as professional psychologists.
The programme is constructed of five 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 one optional module (selected from the list below) that enable a 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.
The modules cover all types of crime, including white collar crime, state crime, digital and on-line crimes, sexual and violent crimes, discrimination and hate crime, drugs, terrorism issues and policing, as well as looking in depth at the criminal justice system and its different institutions.
Students are able to work in computer labs on specialist information retrieval, and gain data analysis skills with the use of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and the qualitative data analysis package NVivo.
In addition, all students complete a 15,000-word research Dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff on a topic they choose, drawing on both criminological and psychological perspectives.
This course is designed to provide an overview of contemporary criminological thinking and research methods. This module aims to acquaint students with the major theoretical research positions and debates in criminology, and to illustrate the links between criminological theory and research, and criminal justice policy and practice. The principal qualitative and quantitative research methodologies deployed in criminological investigation will be introduced with the core skills involved in developing, conducting, analysing and presenting criminological research.
This module aims to develop students' understanding of fundamental psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, its aetiology, and its ramifications in determining criminal justice and penal responses and/or psychological treatment interventions from across the spectrum delivered. Students will examine the synergies and connections between criminology and psychology (in particular forensic psychology), and look at how these disciplines feed into each other.
This module aims to develop students' understanding of how psychology interacts with the criminal justice system. Students will consider the social, psychological and psycho-judicial consequences of crime, as well as looking at key contributions psychology has made to the criminal justice system – from delinquency interventions, through to restorative justice, and how we understand offenders' experiences of prisons.
This module aims to critically consider the methodological and philosophical context of social research, relationships between different paradigms, methodologies, theories and research designs. Students will develop research skills and become familiar with ethical and governance frameworks within which social science research takes place in contemporary Britain. An appreciation of the key issues, problems and controversies involved in designing and implementing a research project in different work and research environments is central to the module.
This module uses the criminal justice system and its different institutions to critically examine contemporary issues, debates and policy relating to crime control, the processing of defendants through the criminal courts, sentencing, rehabilitation and punishment. It explores shifts and changes in criminal justice responses to assess whether we are witnessing an era of tightening and punitive crime control policy. The module takes as a central underpinning that we live in a world of enhanced 'securitisation' along with emerging and sophisticated 'risk' identification and management strategies of offenders. It incorporates the themes of 'crimmigration' and the intersection between migration law and criminal law, how gender, race and class interact with the criminal justice system, drugs law enforcement and sentencing, trends in imprisonment and new considerations of restorative and integrative justice. The module takes a comparative perspective to assist an understanding of different approaches and responses to crime, offenders and criminal justice in other European and international jurisdictions, and whether they provide ideas for alternative policies in this area.
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.
This module aims to develop advanced skills in the application of criminological theories and concepts in relation to drugs, drug use, and drugs control and in critically analysing the relationship between drugs and crime. Students will critically evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control within their social, political and economic contexts and compare and contrast the role of the criminal justice system in responding to drugs in various countries. The module also aims to foster a critical interest in the reform of drugs control policy and institutions at both national and international levels.
This module critically evaluates perspectives on green criminology, and crimes against the environment (including animals). It considers contemporary perspectives on green offending, the regulation of environmental problems, and global perspectives on green crimes, green criminality and the effectiveness of justice systems in resolving environmental problems.
This module aims to engage students in exploring criminological issues from a global perspective, particularly in respect of contemporary debates on the policing of transnational problems and the development of global policing. The module considers policing in a wide rather than narrow context identifying that the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world and the emergence of crimes which transcend national borders requires a globalised approach to crime and justice. The module provides comparative analysis of different countries' approaches to and systems for dealing with crime and the 'globalisation' of criminal justice and explores global policing systems. It also seeks to equip students to undertake their own international and or comparative research and analysis informed by the overarching and illustrative themes and questions raised in lectures and seminars.
This module explores issues under the inter-related headings Interpersonal Violence and Hate Crime, ranging from domestic violence to far right extremism in both real-world and virtual settings. The late 20th and early 21st century has seen a growing focus on these issues and the module will examine why this is the case, highlighting transformations in the economy, technology, social structure and social relations, the emergence of identity politics and the development of new academic discourses and theoretical perspectives.
Within this overarching context, different forms of interpersonal violence and hate crime will be examined. This will include analysis of the contested knowledge base from which estimates and accounts of their nature and extent can be drawn. Finally, the module will also critically evaluate policy and practice relevant to these issues, questioning the extent to which existing responses are adequate and effective.
This module aims to provide an introduction to statistics in the social sciences, presenting and discussing a variety of methods which can be applied to a broad range of research areas. This is done through a critical discussion of statistical theory as well as through the application of statistical analysis techniques to small and large scale secondary data-sets. Students learn these techniques through a number of in-lab exercises using the software package 'SPSS' (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) - and in this way the modules aims to provide skills in using SPSS in an analytical, non-mechanical way.
The module starts from the basics of descriptive statistics aiming to build students knowledge and skills in more advanced methods, including analysis of statistical relationships, statistical tests, multivariate analysis and modelling. Finally, it looks at issues of data visualisation, reporting and interpretation of findings, through a series of case studies of relevance and interest within the social sciences.
This module critically examines contemporary social problems which are often said to threaten the fabric of society, are subject to intense media exposure and scrutiny, involve the deployment of significant resources via schools, the police, the courts, charities, independent commissions etc. and which have also attracted considerable attention from criminologists in recent years. These problems 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.
The module takes a realist, applied but critical approach in analysing these issues, drawing on official as well as more critical accounts and research studies for understanding them, and investigating existing and alternative strategies for addressing them.
Not all of the optional modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.
Teaching on the master's is delivered by academics who are actively researching in a range of criminological and psychological subject areas and who bring these specialisms to their lecture delivery and classroom discussion. Students are encouraged to participate in their learning and prepare to engage in debate within teaching sessions and online discussions led by programme staff.
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. We hold seminars throughout the year and an annual conference in April. This brings together outside speakers, academic staff and students to 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, feminist debates on sex work and pornography, and European migration and crisis.
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.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
There is a wide range of career options available to graduates of this course. The course equips students for employment in posts working directly with offenders both in prison and within community-based reducing re-offending projects. There are in prison administrative posts working on prisoner rehabilitation plans and prisoner health and well-being, roles within various charitable organisations supporting women, men and young people on release from prison, in community-based drug and alcohol projects, domestic violence perpertrator projects, and offender rehabilitation and therapeutic projects applying cognitive-thinking techniques.
Students are also equipped for office-based positions engaging in research, data analysis, and programme evaluation offered by research organisations, the charitable and voluntary sector, in Ministry of Justice Departments such as the National Offender Monitoring Service (NOMS), policing organisations, and the government's high-level crime fighting agency the National Crime Agency (NCA). There are many opportunities in work with young people experiencing family dysfunction and disadvantage, young people 'at risk' of offending, and in services supporting young and vulnerable 'care leavers'.
Students have gone on to work for the National Crime Agency, in prison drug service programmes, in offender pathway planning and monitoring with the probation service, in services aimed at victims of domestic violence, as mentors for young men coming out of prison, in housing and support services for released prisoners, in local government organisations, and in youth offending organisations.
Those already in industry also see their master's-level studies facilitating career progression within their organisations. A number of students have continued their studies in criminology and psychology at PhD level. Staff in the department work alongside the employability office to facilitate master's student's future career decisions.
This course is ideal for students without a first degree in psychology who want to expand their knowledge of contemporary criminological theory and research, along with a focus on forensic theories of offending, and the issues and debates incorporating psychological dimensions of crime and offender management.
The course assists you to gain a critical appreciation of criminal offending, socio-legal decision-making frameworks, and the range of psycho-social interventions and punishments directed at different offender groups. The course will provide you with an appreciation and knowledge of the wide range of jobs and employment available on successful completion of your studies.
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Criminology with Forensic Psychology
This course is offered full-time or part-time. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full-time course fees||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part-time course fees*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£48 (per taught credit) |
£24 (per dissertation credit)
|£84 (per taught credit) |
£42 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 credits)||£48 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 credits)||£48 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part-time study are shown here as a guide
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.