Social and Applied Sciences

MSc by Research Law, Criminal Justice and Computing

Year of entry

Law, Criminal Justice and Computing MSc by Research

Depending on the availability of supervisors, students will be able to choose to register for an MSc by Research in the following areas:

  • Law
  • Policing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Computing
  • Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences has been designed to offer a range of pathways for you to research your chosen subject interests within Social and Applied Sciences, whilst sharing in the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component of course.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

You’ll share a breadth of experience – the multi- disciplinary nature of the taught component means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues, allied with subject specific supervision, allowing you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences across the natural and social sciences in addition to a focus on your own research topic.

The Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences is committed to developing excellent researchers. A number of nationally recognised clusters/centres exist within the Faculty (e.g. SPEAR, ERG, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology) demonstrating a wide range of research interests. These can be found on the Faculty research webpages along with associated staff.

We strive to deliver high-quality researcher training course rooted in research strengths across the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, providing an innovative and flexible framework in which to develop and exploit the very best postgraduate research training possible. It is hoped our graduates can contribute to a world class natural and social sciences research base that delivers excellence and impact both nationally and internationally, while recognising the advantages of inter-disciplinarity in a world where research questions have become increasingly complex.

This exciting course “develops innovative training provision which cuts across disciplines and works at the boundaries with other scientific traditions”. It explicitly recognises the need to “offer high-quality integrated core provision in research skills and research methods training as well as subject-specific training” while using “flexible and imaginative methods of training provision and delivery”. (ESRC 2009).

It offers you the opportunity to complete an MSc in your chosen subject area over the course of one year (two years if part time). Beginning in early September, the course combines 60 credits of taught modules in the first (Michaelmas) term with 120 credits of research during the remainder of the year. The taught component of the course will be multi-disciplinary in nature with lectures and seminars led by experts from across the range of subjects in the Faculty.

This course is suitable for students who wish to continue their studies beyond undergraduate level.

The course is ideal if you:

  • may want to continue to doctoral level;
  • wish to enhance your qualifications for career reasons;
  • would like to undertake a research-based, rather than taught Masters;
  • recognise the need for research training in your chosen career;
  • wish to learn in a multi-disciplinary environment.

You’ll follow a course of advanced study and research under the guidance of academic tutors and supervisors. This MSc aims to develop researchers who are conceptually aware, who can utilise a range of skills and methods, and who, in a multi-disciplinary environment, can practice and develop their own research capabilities, and disseminate that research in a meaningful way.

It offers you a wide range of specifically named pathways located within research subject areas.

Subject areas

Depending on the availability of supervisors, students will be able to choose to register for an MSc by Research in the following areas.  

Subject areaCourse code
Law [LAW]
Policing [PLG]
Criminal Justice [CRJ]
Criminology [CRM]
Forensic Investigation [FRS]
Computing [CTG]
Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity [DFC]

You will work closely with a supervisor on a research topic(s) leading to research output(s). The choice of topic will depend on your subject area, your expertise and that of your supervisor. In some instances you will have a research topic identified in advance by your supervisor, working on a specific project within existing research clusters in the Faculty.

Your MSc will be awarded based on grades obtained for the 40 credits of taught modules and 140 credits for a dissertation or other research-based outputs. The 40 credits taught component of the course is comprised of two modules:

  • Research Praxis
  • Research Methods

In the first week of your studies you will meet with your supervisor and familiarise yourself with your research topic.

The second week of the course will be an intensive week of lectures and practicals spread across the two modules. The following six weeks will include a range of optional sessions in both modules, or some specific sessions identified for students in specific subject areas.

After the second week all lectures, seminars and practicals will be held on Wednesday afternoons.

You may choose to focus your research in an area that is not directly covered in one of these clusters; however, your chosen area must be represented in the subject areas approved by the Graduate School so that support and guidance can be provided.

You’ll be expected to outline your proposed topic of research at the application stage. You will be provided with a supervisor upon arrival, agreed by mutual consent. During your first term, in parallel with the taught component of the course, working closely with supervisors, you will develop and enhance your ideas for a final research proposal. You will become part of growing research teams across the University.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  £5,380 £12,420
Part-time  £2,690 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Assessment will take many forms including traditional essays, team assignments, reflective logs, oral presentations, etc. All assessments will be completed before the end of the first term. You must pass all modules (40 credits) to progress to the research stage of the course. If any module is failed you’ll have one opportunity to resubmit prior to continuing with the research component of the module.

The largest part of the assessment will be based on your research output(s). Working with your Supervisor, you will have to decide what format the research output(s) will take. It may be a dissertation of approximately 16,000-20,000 word equivalent or a couple of research reports or research papers each of approximately 8,000 words in length. It may be possible that the research output could take some different form, e.g. an invention or patent, but a written component would still be required. The research output(s) will be assessed by an external examiner and you must pass this component of the module to receive the award of MSc.

Before you begin your application you will need to consult with the relevant academic to help determine a viable research project. Once you have contacted a supervisor, you will need to complete the following application information form.

Once completed, please start your full application online. You will be required to upload your application information form during the online application.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree. Applications from students with less than a 2:2 will only be considered if appropriate experiential learning can be demonstrated. e.g. if you have been working in a research environment for some time.




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