Victimology is about understanding and helping people at one of the lowest points in their life – when they've become the victim of a crime. If you're looking to take your studies or career in a rewarding, socially responsible direction, then this MSc Victimology degree course is the perfect choice for you.
On this course, you'll gain an insight into the challenges faced by victims of crime, study the theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of victimisation, and the wider historical and political contexts that influence victim-centred policy and legislation.
And because the way society identifies and treats victims has changed so dramatically, you'll also study the way in which these changes have impacted professional cultures and practices, and learn how to identify individuals who are the most vulnerable or at greater risk of victimised.
This distance learning course offers a flexible approach, so you can tailor your studies to meet your preferences and career goals, choosing from other Core Subjects such as Crime Science, Criminal Justice and Criminology.
When you graduate, you'll be able to evaluate criminal justice processes as they relate to victims of crime, and you'll understand how important support services and collaborative partnerships are for achieving the best outcomes for victims. You'll be prepared for work in the police force, social services, or in victim support organisations.
Postgraduate Flexible Framework
This course is part of the MSc Criminal Justice Postgraduate Flexible Framework.
The Flexible Framework allows you to customise your postgraduate degree. The modules and subjects you choose will determine which award title you graduate with. To view the other module options open to you, visit the subject pages below.
The additional Core Subjects you can choose from include:
Our MSc Victimology degree course offers you two routes of study, depending on your preferences and career goals:
In addition to Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Professional Practice, and your research methods study, you'll study a relevant Specialist Option. You'll only be able to study a Specialist Option if enough other students elect to take the option in question. You'll also have a free choice to study any other available option.
In addition to Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Professional Practice, and your research methods study, you'll study one additional Core Module from the list above, and a relevant Specialist Option from one of your Core Subjects. You'll only be able to study a Specialist Option if enough other students elect to take the option in question.
Specialist Options include:
- Investigation and Psychology
- Missing Persons
- Policing Communities
- Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience
Your exit qualification will depend on which options you choose:
- MSc Victimology
- MSc Victimology and Intelligence
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn about victimisation and its effects on informal and formal responses to victims of crime
- Understand the criminal justice process from a victim's perspective
- Improve your knowledge of victim-centred reforms, policies and legislation, and how they affect professional cultures and practices
- Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
- Customise your degree to meet your career goals
- Draw on the expertise and facilities in our Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
- Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments
- Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers
- Complete a major project, based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic staff who are experts in the field
Careers and opportunities
Recent reforms have led to an increase in victim-centred policies and legislation, and there is a shortage of specialists in this area. You'll graduate from this MSc Victimology degree course with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in this important, developing field, within criminal justice agencies and related support services.
Career opportunities include:
- Managerial roles in the police force
- Social Work
- Criminal justice agencies
- Victim support services
- Government departments
- PhD research
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MSc Victimology degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 module worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core modules include:
- Dissertation / project
- Research Methods
- Research Design and Ethics
You’ll also take the core module from your main chosen subject area, and either of:
- A relevant specialist option from your main subject area, and a free choice of other Flexible Framework modules (Route A, leading to a single honours exit award)
- A core option from a second subject area, and a relevant specialist option (Route B, leading to a combined honours exit award)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your victimology skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- individual and group projects
- online materials
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. If you study on campus, you may occasionally need to go to University events in the evenings and at weekends. Some course seminars may be held in the evening, both on campus and distance learning study modes.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- case study
- research proposal
- dissertation or major project
Qualifications or experience
- A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong relevant criminal justice experience will be considered.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
UK, EU, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £9,000*
- Part time: £4,500 per year (90 credits)*
- Part time distance learning: £3,650 per year*
- Full time: £14,300*
- Part time: £7,150 per year (60 credits)*
- Part time distance learning: £3,650 per year*
* All fees subject to annual increase
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 module a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you're a distance learning student, you may need to cover the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for any optional campus-based events that you attend. Depending on the distance you need to travel to reach Portsmouth, these can vary from £50 to £500.
You may need to cover the travel costs of internships and placements. These will vary depending on the nature of the internship or placement in question, and can range from £50 - £1,000.
Apply for this course using our online application form:
You'll be applying for MSc Criminal Justice. The modules you choose when doing the MSc Criminal Justice will define the award you graduate with.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (see above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.