Postgraduate study in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Psychology Law

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice and MSc Psychology Law programmes are designed for committed individuals who are involved or aspire to participate in important debates around criminal behaviour, penal policy, public safety and human rights.

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We will take you on a journey through criminological and psychological explanations of criminal behaviour.

In an age of global insecurity there is increasing demand for professionals, practitioners and researchers who can work across disciplinary boundaries and engage with complex problems in crime causation and management. With academic direction from Royal Holloway, our unique programmes will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills you need to make a difference in the demanding fields of criminology, criminal justice and psychology law.

As a graduate of the programmes, you will:

  • Be equipped with the specialist knowledge and skills you need to make a difference in the demanding fields of criminology, criminal justice and psychology law.
  • Have the historical and criminological imagination required to appreciate the complexity of criminal justice and psychology law within a global context.
  • Gain skills in how to evaluate and how to challenge received explanations of current issues and controversies.

What can you study?

The modules for Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc, PGDip and PG Cert) are:

  • Psychological and sociological causes of crime
  • The legal and criminal justice context
  • Advanced research methods in psychology and criminology
  • Comparative sentencing and penology
  • Global criminology
  • Project (MSc only)

Full programme details for Criminology and Criminal Justice

The modules for Psychology Law (MSc and PGDip) are:

  • Psychological and sociological causes of crime
  • The legal and criminal justice context
  • Advanced research methods in psychology and criminology
  • Comparative sentencing and penology
  • Young people and the criminal justice system: psychological research and practice
  • Project (MSc only)

Full programme details for Psychology Law

Scales of Justice on the Old Bailey London

Learn how to apply specific qualitative and quantitative methodologies to generate new knowledge informing your understanding of criminology and psychology law.