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University of Portsmouth: Criminal Justice

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught



If you're interested in the study of crime and its related fields – and you want to learn more about the challenges facing politicians, policy makers and practitioners – then our Postgraduate Flexible Framework is for you.

You’ll choose the subject areas and modules that fit your interests, from counter fraud and cybercrime to security and policing. You’ll pick full-time, part-time or distance-learning models, as suit your needs, and you’ll graduate with an award title that reflects your chosen subject.

Areas you can choose from include:

  • Crime Science

  • Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Psychology

  • Criminology

  • Cybercrime (Campus learning only)

  • Economic Crime

  • Forensic Investigation (Campus learning only)

  • Intelligence (in combination only)

  • International Criminal Justice

  • Policing, Policy & Leadership (DL only)

  • Security Management

  • Victimology (DL only)

You'll also study core concepts in research methods and ethics, then complete a major project or dissertation with the support of expert staff and researchers who are active in the field.

Careers and opportunities

Depending on your chosen subject areas, you'll learn skills that apply to several career choices in areas such as:

  • Policing (as an officer or civilian staff)

  • Crime analysis

  • Probation

  • The courts and prison service

  • Local authorities

  • Cybersecurity

  • Military

  • Civil Service

  • Academia and research

  • Charities

  • Private industry


University of Portsmouth

It’s time to dive deeper into what you love, become a real expert and figure out how to make your mark.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

Why Portsmouth?

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2021
  • Outstanding Gold-rated teaching for our students (TEF)
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students
  • 84% satisfaction with course quality (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2020
  • Master’s Scholarships available for high achievers

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