Solent University
Campus: Southampton Solent University , Southampton
Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Students on Solent University’s postgraduate criminology and criminal justice programme study the core curriculum alongside a choice of two specialist units. This chance to specialise is important, helping students to orient their knowledge towards specific roles in the criminal justice sector. 

This programme also encourages students to develop a range of transferable interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews and group work. These competencies are valued in a wide range of industries.

Enrichment activities and learning opportunities are available alongside the core curriculum, giving students the chance to learn from guest speakers, visit criminal justice organisations and network at industry events. These additional activities help to provide detailed insights into the criminal justice system and the careers it offers. Past speakers have come from the police, courts, prisons, probation services, youth justice services and cyber security firms. 

The course team themselves have had extensive experience of the criminal justice system and its related disciplines, providing students with unique personal insights. The ties they have with the professional world have helped past students secure volunteer placements, temporary paid work, work shadowing weeks and internships.


Contemporary and Comparative Criminology
This unit focuses on contemporary criminological debate. You will learn how to connect criminological theory with contemporary developments, such as globalisation, and examine the various issues in the international study of criminology.

Contemporary and Comparative Criminal Justice
You’ll examine how crime, criminal justice policy and practices have developed globally and how this, and cross-jurisdictional approaches to crime, affect criminal justice in England and Wales. You will also explore major international shifts in the justice process and the delivery of punishment.

Project Design and Professional Development
You’ll develop your knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues involved in research. You will look at various perspectives related to the fields of study and build your awareness of different methodologies.

Methods of Inquiry in the Human Sciences
This unit covers research skills and methods in the human sciences. You will learn about quantitative and qualitative investigative techniques and the broader epistemological framework. There is a central focus on research ethics and the application of research to policy and practice.

Masters Project/Dissertation
You will design, write and present a challenging 20,000-word project or dissertation in your chosen area. The theme will be agreed with your supervisor.

Two options (during the second term) from:

Contemporary Penology 
You will gain a critical understanding of the consistencies, contradictions and conflicts in current penal policy. The unit also examines key discourses and debates on diversity and division centred on poverty, social exclusion, race, gender and age.

Comparative Legal Systems
You will gain a comprehensive understanding of legal systems, focusing on criminal law in the global context. The unit covers the history and development of comparative law as well as emerging challenges. You will look at the issues of global diversity and examine in-depth some of the major legal systems.

Comparative International Policing
This unit explores the international nature of policing. You’ll look at the globalised character of crime, which has led to co-operation, investigation and prevention beyond localised jurisdiction.

Political Violence, Terrorism and Security
You’ll learn about the history and contemporary nature of terrorism. Using historical case studies, you will consider the long-standing problem of defining terrorism. You will look at the root causes of terrorist conflicts, urban terrorism in western Europe, the birth of global terrorism, Al-Qaeda and the global war on terror.

Researching Historic and ‘True Crime’
This unit examines the cultural significance of criminal cases through a critical analysis of historic and ‘true crime’ representations. You will learn how to research criminal cases and their representations, using official and historical resources and popular narratives.

Drugs, Crime and Justice
You’ll study issues relating to illegal drugs in the global and domestic context. This includes: the development of drug controls and drug policy; the links between production, trafficking, organised crime and terrorism; and the nature and context of criminal justice interventions.

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Overall of 180 in United Kingdom Scale .

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Prison service
  • Police
  • Probation
  • Courts
  • Drugs services
  • Security
  • Public and private sector security and investigation
  • Local government community safety

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