School of Criminology

Postgraduate programmes

Our postgraduate courses will develop your capacity for imaginative, rigorous and critical thinking. As well as gaining in-depth subject-specific knowledge, you will also develop the skills required to undertake criminological research. At every step, your study is underpinned by our expertise and innovation in research.

Our courses provide you with a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject, and you will develop skills that are highly sought-after by employers, giving you a head start in today's competitive job market.

Available programmes

Criminology MSc
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to learn about the processes of criminalisation, offending, and victimisation in order to develop a sophisticated and critical understanding of contemporary issues and debates in criminology and victimology.

Criminology in Practice MSc
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to combine academic criminological study with an understanding of criminal justice practice. 

Terrorism, Security and Policing MSc
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to gain a detailed theoretical and applied understanding of the key issues and challenges surrounding security, policing and terrorism post-9/11 (and 7/7) and in the face of new and different threats from terrorist and organised crime groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram.

Crime, Justice and Psychology MSc
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to examine the relationship between crime, mental health and the law; in particular the relationship between mental disorder and offending.

Midlands4Cities PhD funding opportunity

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK/EU applicants – 2020/21 competition open NOW

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of Arts and Humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. 

M4C is awarding up to 94 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition and 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

The School of Criminology here at the University of Leicester is inviting applications from students/scholars whose research interests connect with our multiple fields of expertise in. For an outline of our research foci, see our Research projects page

For all applicants it is essential to contact potential supervisors in our School in good time to discuss topics, refine ideas and potential methods/approaches planned; see respective webpages for staff, where research interests and topics for supervision are highlighted.

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2020 (noon), by which time applicants must have liaised fully with proposed supervisors and applied for a place to study at this University and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops (at Leicester one is set for 9 November), please visit the Midlands4Cities website or contact

My experience has been nothing short of fascinating and I have had access to opportunities that I wouldn't have had elsewhere. The vast range of modules is impressive and the support provided by staff has enabled me to succeed in my studies.

Neeya (Criminology student)

Our campus-based postgraduate courses combine traditional lecture/seminar-style teaching with practical workshops and online activities. You will undertake a range of assessments which encourage you to consolidate and strengthen your academic skills.

Already in employment? Studying one of our postgraduate courses will give a clear signal to employers that you are committed to advancing your career.

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