Leadership in Criminal Justice and Policing MSc

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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Equip yourself with the skills needed to lead effectively in any criminal justice setting, including probation, prison and police services, and with offenders, victims or other vulnerable populations in the community. Gain a critical understanding of the Criminal Justice System and graduate with the skills to make an impact. Enhance your learning with real-life assessments and study via a blend of online and onsite classes, which have been designed to be flexible around your work.


This course specialises in leadership and management within Criminal Justice environments including, probation, police, prisons, youth offending and security.

This criminal justice course will equip practitioners, whether statutory or third sector, with the skills needed to advance their careers. Whether you have studied criminology or social sciences before or not, this MSc is suitable for anyone with a genuine interest in this area and those looking to become leaders in their field. Choose from a selection of modules which allow you to specialise in domestic or international issues, and in either Policing or other Criminal Justice settings, or to mix these to suit your interests.

Explore a range of topical issues and threats which impact upon Criminal Justice and Policing Policy and Practice and engage with the latest criminological research and trends. Experiential Learning is embedded throughout the course and realistic assessments will be complemented with a theoretical and empirical study of national and international criminological and penological theory, criminal justice policy and practice and social justice.

Now more than ever, it is important to understand and address the variety of problems that crime and its control pose in contemporary society. This course will enable you to recognise these problems and to rise to the challenges that they raise for policy makers and practitioners.

The teaching team are all actively engaged in research in Criminology, Criminal Justice or Leadership. Our research practice gives our students a social science orientation which is distinct from MBAs in Leadership and Management. Our students become part of a community of research-active academics and local practitioners in Criminology and Criminal Justice; providing ample practical opportunities to draw upon.

This criminal justice degree will provide a domestic, international and transnational focus on the subject area, and so it is suitable for applicants in the UK and beyond.

Why us?

  • We have strong links with organisations and institutions such as the HM Prison Service, Youth Justice Service and the local police constabularies, enabling you to volunteer or do work placements to gain experience and enhance your employability
  • Our Criminology academic team is responsible for founding and running the Local Appropriate Adult scheme in collaboration with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria police. This provides you with a unique opportunity to volunteer as an appropriate adult during your studies
  • You’ll have the opportunity to achieve an additional professional qualification – a Level 2 QCF accredited gateway qualification, in working as an appropriate adult for vulnerable adults and juveniles
  • Your learning is constantly informed by current work from research-active lecturers who specialise in researching domestic violence and abuse, the risk management of offenders, gender-based violence, desistance from crime, the criminalisation of sex work, policing and disability and vulnerability
  • We have designed this criminal justice course to be flexible and to offer students a bespoke learning experience. All essential learning materials will be available online to support your independent learning. 

Course structure

  • A mixture of essay, report, case study and presentation will be used to assess students’ progress throughout the course.
  • We have uniquely designed our assessments to give students experience of real-life tasks that they would be expected to undertake within the profession.
  • Our academic staff will use constructive and detailed feedback and feedforward in a challenging nature over a range of assessments. This enables our students to fully demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
  • Course hours are flexible to suit the needs of learners who are active Criminal Justice practitioners.
  • This course will be delivered via intensive study days which will be available both onsite and online (subject to demand for optional modules) which will be supported through bespoke one on one support and online learning.
  • You will be fully supported throughout your studies by our dedicated team of teaching staff, whether on-campus or online.

Modules on this course include:

Core modules:

  • Leading in Criminal Justice and Policing (30 credits)

This module will give you an understanding of the academic theories of leadership, the leadership approaches of organisations within criminal justice and policing and the space to review and develop your own leadership approach. In this module you will move away from generic leadership theories toward a thorough examination of how to lead in criminal justice and policy in the modern era. 

  • Punishments in Criminal Justice Practices (30 credits)

In this module, you will engage with concepts and theories of punishment to critically make sense of how and why we punish offenders in society. You will comprehend the different reasons why we punish offenders and critically analyse how the criminal justice agencies apply the punishments in practice to offenders. 

  • Leadership in Criminal Justice and Policing Dissertation (60 credits)

The Module will introduce you to the key Qualitative and Quantitative approaches in research which will enable you to conduct, disseminate and synthesize a research project of your own choosing. The Dissertation topic whilst subject to approval, will relate to Leadership in the Criminal Justice System or Policing or be a specific organisational case study approach within the Criminal Justice System or Policing which applies and evaluates leadership and management approaches.

Optional modules (choose two):

  • Inequality and Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System (30 credits)

In this module, you will engage with the concept of vulnerability to critically evaluate policies and practices of the Criminal Justice System. You will gain an understanding of the ways in which societal inequalities such as race, gender, social class and ability are produced and how these contribute to an individual’s vulnerability to both criminality and victimhood and their experience of the criminal justice system.

  • Assembling Criminality: Advancements in Criminological Theory (30 credits)

On this module, you will critically consider the developments and contemporary advancements of criminological theory in context with the extensive societal transformation, such as globalisation, technological advancements and cultural turns which have taken place since the turn of the millennium. 

  • Negotiating Crime and Criminal Justice in Global Context (30 credits)

Explore key issues and perspectives relating to prevailing forms of crime and criminal justice responses/processes in a global context. Interpret and evaluate how international and transnational forms of crime such as cybercrime, terrorism, and human rights violations are identified, researched, and responded to across Nation-State and International criminal justice contexts. 

  • Policing International Criminality (30 credits)

This module will allow managers within criminal justice and policing agencies to better understand international criminality and to utilise existing law enforcement structures to become more effective in responding to the threat.

  • Practitioner and Lived Experience Perspectives in Criminal Justice (30 credits)

In this module you will explore the contribution that third sector organisations and individuals with personal ‘lived experience’ of the criminal justice system, influence change through activism, education, research and mentoring. You will gain insight into the increasing use of those who have experienced imprisonment, probation, substance and alcohol addiction and mental health issues within both traditional (i.e. prisons and probation services) and third sector organisations.


You’ll be based at our new Wearside View building, situated on the award-winning Sir Tom Cowie at St Peter’s campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.


Career ready

Graduates will typically use this course as a stepping stone to a higher level of professional employment in professions specifically designed to meet the needs of Criminal Justice, their associated agencies and organisations.

Our criminal justice graduates enter the work force with a global critical awareness of their sector, and the ability to lead transformative change for the future. Graduates will be prepared to lead within Criminal Justice in a national or international setting.

This criminal justice degree is also suitable to prepare graduates for further study at doctoral level.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this criminal justice course will be able to forge careers in the:

  • Police forces
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Charitable sector

Centre for Applied Social Sciences 

The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Applied Social Studies (CASS) combines original academic research with practice-based collaborations and reach-out activities, often working directly with practitioners, policymakers and front-line delivery staff regionally, nationally and internationally. According to the most recent National Research Excellence Framework Exercise, almost half of our outputs are either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The mission of CASS reflects that of the University’s aim as a civic university: to take an active interest in the social issues that affect the region and beyond by engaging in research and practice-based collaborations that aim to improve living conditions, address inequalities and social exclusion and promote social justice.

Currently our research focuses around three strands: children, young people and families; communities, health and social exclusion; and crime, victims and social justice. CASS regularly hosts visiting speakers and holds events that you will be invited to. This can be an excellent way to learn from the real-life experience of people who already have a strong track record in sociological and social policy related social research. This is a great way to learn from experts in their field.


Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent. 

Experience may be counted towards your application. We welcome applicants with degrees in areas such as social sciences, psychology, business, law, education, humanities, health, arts, technology and the sciences.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in all four areas.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won’t have to learn the same topic again, so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course.

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 59 with no less than 59 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.




26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 


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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Leadership in Criminal Justice and Policing MSc


Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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