Policing and Criminal Investigation

MA Policing and Criminal Justice

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in a career in policing and law enforcement.

It will enable you to gain a greater understanding of the complex nature of policing and its relationship with the criminal justice system.

The course is designed to give you an integrated knowledge of policing and criminal justice. It explores both the theoretical foundations of policing and criminal justice and the application of this knowledge to contemporary issues of crime, social control and justice.

The course provides a sound theoretical basis in policing and studies, as well as a detailed understanding of the complex nature of crime and the criminal justice system. It addresses traditional subjects such as community policing and philosophies of policing, but also criminal investigation and European policing.

Develop skills of research and analysis

A key focus of the course is to enable you to undertake research in the area of policing and criminal justice. Lectures include a number of case studies of ‘real life’ research undertaken by academic staff in the Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies.

Experience postgraduate study in a stimulating and supportive environment

Our programme is underpinned by high quality tutorial support provided by the University’s academic staff. You'll benefit from joining a course which is:

  • taught by enthusiastic experts;
  • based on research-led teaching;
  • enhanced by regular special guest speakers;
  • enjoyed by a diverse community;
  • a supportive learning environment;
  • supported by state-of-the-art facilities.

You'll study six taught modules, and will need to submit one 18,000 word dissertation which gives you the opportunity to explore an area of your choice either through library-based study or empirical research.

Examples of modules include:

  • European Policing
  • Criminal Justice: Themes and Issues
  • Policing and Community Safety
  • Criminal Investigation, concepts and Principles
  • Punishment and Penology
  • Research Design, Procedure and Analysis

The course enables you to acquire knowledge and transferable skills useful for career progression in police and law enforcement related positions.

Essays, presentations and dissertation.

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas




£2,745 (90 credits ) / £1,855 (60 credits)


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year)/or 3 years (60 credits per year). Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund.

For further advice about funding your degree please visit http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-degree.aspx.

If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact finance@canterbury.ac.uk. For specific fee queries, please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk.

Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may be available. View information about funding your postgraduate studies: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx.

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

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  • One year full-time
    Two to three years part-time

Entry requirements

  • The minimum academic requirement is a 2:2 degree in an appropriate discipline such as police studies, criminology, social sciences or law; degrees in other disciplines may also be considered appropriate.



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