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Liverpool John Moores University: Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice

Institution Liverpool John Moores University View institution profile
Department Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
Telephone 0151 231 5090
Study type Taught


LJMU's Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice MSc is a new stand-alone qualification designed to enhance your career prospects in criminal justice agencies, the probation service and the police

  • Study criminal psychology in depth and understand how it influences criminal justice practice and wider societal perspectives

  • Obtain an overview of criminal justice policy and process, and understand key contemporary issues in these areas

  • Choose from a number of optional modules giving a critical insight into key areas of offending such as sex crimes and society, as well as criminal justice practice, which can include drugs, policing, rehabilitation and crimes of the powerful

  • Undertake a research dissertation to generate knowledge in this area and further your own skills as a professional

The MSc in Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice offers the opportunity for students, practitioners, and criminal justice professionals to critically engage with a broad range of issues that impact on the effectiveness and integrity of the workings of the criminal justice system.

Through exploring a series of theoretical and policy-orientated debates relevant to the delivery of contemporary crime control and management, and assessing their cultural, social and symbolic consequences, the course helps you to develop a comprehensive and critically aware understanding of the manufacture and delivery of criminal justice policy.

In addition, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the psychology of a range of criminal behaviours, and how this knowledge can impact on law enforcement, management and treatment of criminals, as well as wider decision making within the justice system.


Reach new heights in your career with a master’s qualification

LJMU delivers innovative, research-led, employability-focused programmes supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art facilities. Our thriving postgraduate community encourages students to contribute to our ground-breaking work, developing the skills and knowledge required to take them to the top of their chosen career ladder.

  • We are ranked amongst the top 500 higher education institutions in the world (The World University Ranking 2022) and 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA 2020)
  •  Postgraduate students at LJMU benefit from the university’s strong industry connections, gaining practical …
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