University of Greenwich

Course Introduction

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology programme provides students with the conceptual knowledge and skills to open up diverse career paths. Core courses will enable you to develop an understanding of the concepts, theories, methods and principles central to criminology and the skills to apply these in the forensic and legal area. Optional courses build on this core grounding and enable you to develop an empirical insight in an area of your choice, culminating in a research project.

This approach provides you with knowledge of the changing nature of psychology, law and criminology, and professional applications. It will also develop your ability to relate theory to practice in a way that provides more informed solutions to problems, and opportunities in the workplace. There is a valuable research grounding and a broad coverage of criminological, forensic and psychological approaches to crime and criminality.

**PLEASE NOTE:** This degree programme does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation. This is because the programme is a criminology programme with a strand of specialist criminal / investigative / forensic psychology and is not a postgraduate psychology degree programme. The MSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology programme meets the British Criminology Society benchmarks for postgraduate taught courses.

All of the information set out in this page about this programme relates only to the programme that commences in September 2018.

From time to time we update our programmes, so the programme structure, mode, the courses and course structure and content can be subject to change from what is listed below. The availability of option courses also varies from year to year according to student preference, staff availability and may, for some courses, also depend on a student’s academic performance and/or educational background. Until the academic term immediately prior to the academic term in which an option is listed to run, we are not able to guarantee that an option listed will be available. In addition, please note that some courses may only be open to certain students and may also involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process to take the course. For these reasons, the structure (i.e. the mode(s), the courses and the course structure) of the programme shown in this information is shown for illustrative purposes only. Therefore, if your application is dependent upon studying a particular course (or courses), please contact the School of Law for advice at

Course Modules

Full'time programme starting in September 2018:

* Criminal Investigative Psychology (15 credits)

* Psychology, Development and Crime (15 credits)

* Comparative Criminological Research (30 credits)

* Research Project (60 credits)

Plus 30 credits from:

* Contemporary Issues in Criminology (30 credits)

* Crime and Criminal Justice in a Gendered and Global World (30 credits)

* Sex and Crime (30 credits)

* Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (15 credits)

* Crime, Terrorism and the State (30 credits)

* Social Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £1,375 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Typically, an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above in criminology or a related discipline from a UK or EU university, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas university.
  • We welcome applications from mature students and/or students with professional work backgrounds.