PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology Online

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    PGCert 8 months online

Course Description

The appearance of new types of crime mean that a thorough understanding of criminological theory has never been more essential. This course is designed for individuals who want to develop knowledge and skills which are useful for roles in the police force, law enforcement agencies and related sectors.

On this short course you will explore the interdisciplinary fields of criminology and criminal psychology which cover a range of complex and challenging topics including deviance, terrorism, and the psychological and sociological causes of crime. You will also be able to continue your studies and advance onto our PG Dip or Masters programme.

Teaching methods and style

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live Q&A sessions.


All assessments are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres. Instead you will submit written assignments through the VLE; and for the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade which allows you to continually evaluate the success of your current study methods and identify areas to improve. We believe that this information helps you to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Entry Requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology, which take into account both academic and work-based experience.

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

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Full tuition fee: £4,056 UK / £4,143 International (2023-24) *

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits.

* All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Programme Funding

We offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships, and payment options for our online courses.

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Regional scholarship available for international students based overseas in eligible countries.*
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.
  • You may benefit from the Anniversary Scholarship of 10% on all our Masters programmes.

Please note, a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship.

* To find out whether you’re eligible for our scholarships contact University of Essex Online’s Admissions team.

Student Destinations

Many of our graduates go on to work in senior roles within criminal justice. This could be as analytical police staff or police officers, or within offender support, prison, probation or victim services. You will also be prepared for roles within the National Crime Agency or security services.

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