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About the course

This specialist master’s degree provides an analytical and theoretical appreciation of criminological theory, combined with a critical, practical understanding of crime scenes to prepare you for a career in criminology or crime scene management. Examining both current criminological issues and justice challenges for the future, the course is stimulating, relevant and designed around personal development.

Supported by experienced staff, your studies will reflect contemporary criminology professional practice and will prepare you for a career in criminology or crime scene management. 

And the master’s course is constantly refreshed with the latest thinking and best practice from the industry, thanks to the course team’s close relationships with the criminal justice sector.

The skills you will develop are benchmarked against the needs of sector employers, delivering an essential package of analytical thinking, crime scene investigation, evidential studies and critical thinking.

We are proud to offer you a wide range of industry expert guest speakers, to enhance your learning and offer a network of employment opportunities. You can also benefit from site visits, both locally and internationally, with past trips including US-based organisations such as the FBI, as well as the European Court of Justice and more. These unique opportunities offer the chance to experience a global perspective on criminology, and draw on this experience to widen your learning journey. 

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This course offers lecturing staff who are current within the industry, former criminal justice practitioners, and who have strong industry connections that offer employment opportunities.

What does this course lead to?

As a master’s graduate with directly relevant skills and knowledge, you will be well placed for roles in the police and related services, such as detective (direct entry), crime scene investigator, crime analyst, probation or prison services. You will also have career options in charity and support services, from victim or addiction support to human rights work. 

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for graduates of criminology, social sciences, law and other relevant disciplines, as well as experienced non-graduate criminal justice practitioners. It will open-up a wide range of career options in the criminal justice sector – and provide excellent professional development for those already working in the field.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,460
International full-time fees: £14,300
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,230 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 optional costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous optional costs were:

Optional costs:

Organised trips: such as US (approx. cost £1200) or within the EU (approx. cost £350) to various policing and crime scene organisations.

There will also be occasional trips to courts, police training etc. where students must pay for own transport and subsistence. 

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in an area related to criminology

  • and/or an equivalent professional qualification or demonstrable experience within criminal justice sector.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

To apply for this course, please contact our admissions team:

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Year one

  • Contemporary and Comparative Criminology
  • Contemporary and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Methods of Inquiry in Human Sciences
  • Investigating Crime Scenes
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Dissertation / Major Project


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Simon Fox academic profile Simon Fox Head of Subject View profile
Dr Mark Farwell academic profile Mark Farwell Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Hayes academic profile Mark Hayes Senior Lecturer View profile
Magdalini Pipini academic profile Magdalini Pipini Senior Lecturer View profile
Esther Snell academic profile Esther Snell Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Richard John academic profile Richard John Lecturer View profile
Nigel Lee academic profile Nigel Lee Lecturer View profile
Daniel Reed academic profile Daniel Reed Lecturer View profile
Des Thomas academic profile Des Thomas Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


During your studies you will have access to an extensive range of criminology resources, journals, textbooks and online material in our Mountbatten Library, as well as specialist facilities relevant to the Investigating Crime Scenes and Forensic Evidence modules, such as our portable crime scene and mock court room.

A strong mentoring support network that has led directly to employment for students, and extended beyond employment, into pastoral and welfare care.

Your future

The knowledge and understanding gained through this course, and the support of the academic staff, will prepare you for roles that include:

  • Policing and related roles: Constable, Detective (direct entry), Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Analyst 
  • Probation Service
  • Prison Service
  • 3rd sector supporting victims, or working with addiction
  • Security service
  • Social Service
  • Youth work
  • Home Office research
  • Military Policing
  • Human Rights and other related organisations or groups
  • Working with victims and dangerous offenders

Industry links

The course has direct connections with both public and private crime scene investigation sectors, who have provided guidance on both academic content and practical assessments.

The course has a close working relationship with local and national related employers, working with Hampshire and Thames Valley Constabularies, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Portsmouth Adult Social Care, Portsmouth Drug addiction charity, National Crime Agency, Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, New Jersey State Police, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire – where several students on the criminology undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have secured placements or employment.

Many of the lecturing team attend and speak at the British or European Criminology Society Conference, National NSPCC Safeguarding Conference, Solent University Annual Safeguarding Conference, New Jersey Leadership Conference, International Association of Chief Officers, National Catholic Church Diocese Conference and the Mencap South Regional Conference.

In addition, all staff are research active with some publishing work that has directly contributed to the procedures of criminal justice agencies, such as the monitoring of violent and sex offenders by the police, and police interview training.

All staff members mentor students within a learning environment designed to enhance student development towards employment within their chosen sector. Field trips and guest speakers are organised within the course relevant to crime scene investigation and the wider criminal justice employment sector.   


There is a range of opportunities to find work experience through the course team’s industry connections; past work experiences examples include:

The chance to work with the not-for-profit criminal justice research organisation Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions (SCJS). Applicants apply to SCJS using standard competency-based application and interview questions.

Three students had the opportunity to work with the research department of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Hampshire, in line with the OPCC’s research themes and their own areas of dissertation/research interest.

Regular contact is maintained between the staff and the student throughout your work experience.

Solent University virtual open days

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from tutors about your course, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat live to our student support teams.

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