The Doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a research degree for senior practitioners/managers in the community and criminal justice (CCJ) sectors (police, prisons, probation, youth justice and the third sector) who wish to study at doctoral level and develop research skills appropriate for conducting research into practice.
This course is an inter professional doctoral where students from across the CCJ sectors together with students from allied health professions study together in the pursuit of knowledge applied to practice.
Duration: Four–six years part-time
Attendance: In the first year attendance is usually half a day per week. In the second year mainly distance learning apart from induction sessions. The remaining years are independent research with supervision
Start: September 2014
If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, is essential.
The course is structured in two phases. Phase one consists of five taught research modules, which may be taken over two-four years, but must be completed before phase two begins.
These modules enable you to gain a full understanding of research design and methodology for undertaking your own independent research study relevant to your career interests. You must achieve an average of 60 per cent across all modules to progress; however there may be opportunities to exit the course during phase one with Applied Research Design (Criminology and Criminal Justice) PG Cert (60 credits) or PG Dip (120 credits); depending on the number of credits achieved.
Phase two is studied over a minimum of two years, and builds on phase one content. It consists of an independent research project, leading to a thesis of 50,000– 55,000 words; examined at doctoral level in part by viva voce (oral exam). There may be opportunities to exit the course during phase two with Applied Research Design (Criminology and Criminal Justice) MA.
Our dedicated academic staff have backgrounds in the CCJ sectors including; probation, policing, youth justice, prisons and the third sector, and have researched and published extensively.
As the highest award a university can confer, equivalent to a PhD, this course enables senior practitioners and managers to further enhance their careers in the area of research, management and education.
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