MSc PGDip PGCert Criminology & Criminal Investigations

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    1 year full time; 2-3 years part time

Course Description

The MSc Criminology & Criminal Investigations at Cardiff Met is an exciting degree that provides a detailed and critical understanding of key and contemporary issues within the study of crime and criminal justice. Criminology is an empirical subject that draws upon a range of methodological approaches, theoretical frameworks, and diverse perspectives both nationally and internationally. Criminal investigation is a fascinating area of study where you will explore case studies, develop key investigative competences, and gain experience in putting your skills into practice.

Throughout the postgraduate taught course, you will study a range of topics which include contemporary and classical criminological theories, criminal justice systems, international crime, and green criminology. You will have the opportunity to conduct your own research project on a topic of your choice, where you will be supported by an experienced supervisor. Additionally, there will be a significant focus upon criminal investigations where you will explore how to investigate violent and serious crimes such as homicide and serious sexual offences. You will also study investigative interviewing which draws upon the practical processes of conducting a suspect interview and the psychology behind this.

This Master’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Investigations will develop key and essential employability skills including presenting to an audience, critical thinking, reflective practice, and practical based skills such as interviewing, conducting investigations, and carrying out research. In addition to these attributes, you will build investigative skills in our gripping and challenging scenario-based role plays that are relevant to the criminal justice sector and can be applied in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the MSc Criminology & Criminal Investigations are expected to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • an initial degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University (usually a good Honours degree of 2:1 or above); or
  • an initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body, (usually a good Honours degree of 2:1 or above); or
  • those with relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience (considered on a case-by-case basis).


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Student Destinations

The Cardiff Met Criminology & Criminal Investigations Master’s degree will prepare you for a variety of roles within the criminal justice sector and beyond. Traditional destinations might include employment in:

  • Police Service roles, such as police officer, detective, police staff, etc.
  • Probation Service
  • Prison Service
  • The UK courts, and a variety of other similar roles

Other opportunities could include, but are certainly not limited to, working with:

  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Border Force
  • The National Crime Agency
  • Security Services
  • Social Services
  • Working as a teacher or lecturer
  • Central or Local Government roles
  • Charities

Module Details

Criminology & Criminal Investigations – MSc (180 credits)

During the MSc you will study the following modules:

  • Critical and Contemporary Issues in Criminology (20 credits)
  • Investigating Global Crimes and Social Harms (20 credits)
  • Conducting Criminological Research (20 credits)
  • Criminals, Victims and Vulnerability (20 credits)
  • Investigating Violent and Serious Crimes (20 credits)
  • The Psychology and Application of Investigative Interviewing (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) .

Exit Awards

Criminology & Criminal Investigations – PgD (120 credits)
During the Postgraduate Diploma you will study all six 20 credit modules listed above, minus the dissertation.

Criminology – PgC (60 credits)
A Criminology Postgraduate Certificate exit award is also available. During the PgC you will study the first three 20 credit modules (Critical and Contemporary Issues in Criminology, Investigating Global Crimes and Social Harms and Conducting Criminological Research).

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