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Postgraduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Psychology

Kaplan - University of Essex Online, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

July 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 5,361

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  • 8 Months
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Certificate
  • Up to 10% scholarship
Crime in modern society can only be tackled thoroughly with a good understanding of the theory, history and challenges that face the discipline.
  • Students on our short postgraduate criminology course will consider these and learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge to a number of practical situations

This course can be completely tailored to fit your own professional interests, as you will be able to choose from five optional modules covering topics such as:

  • The sociological approach to crime, criminology and criminological theory
  • The role of forensic psychology in manging mentally disordered offenders
  • The status of the victim throughout the criminal process
  • The historic relationship between psychology and policing, and what this means for modern policing
  • Critical assessment of complex criminal investigations in accordance with national standards.
  • Throughout your study you will develop your skills in presenting reasoned arguments and backing them up with evidence through engaging discussion forums with fellow classmates. At the end of your course, there will be the opportunity to progress onto the PG Dip or Masters in criminology and criminal psychology.

Enrollment Cycles

  • July 2023
  • October 2023
  • We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.
  • Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Academic entry route
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Cert Criminology and Criminal Psychology, you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least three years’ relevant work experience

English language requirements

  • As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
  • You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree
  • The PGCert Criminology and Criminal Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.
  • Level 7 modules

Three optional modules:

  • Crime, Causation and Criminological Theory (20 credits)
  • Applied Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Criminal Victimisation (20 credits)
  • Practical Psychology for Policing (20 credits)
  • Complex Criminal investigation (20 credits)

2021-22 Full course fee** £3,857

Full payment discount

  • When paying for your undergraduate or postgraduate course up-front, we’ll offer you a discount of 10% for students starting their course in the 2020-21 academic year, and 5% for students starting their course in the 2021-22 academic year. 

Alumni discount

  • If you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online, we’ll award you a 10% alumni discount on your postgraduate tuition fees when you continue your studies to Masters level. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus. 
  • The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the International scholarship. 


  • International scholarship (all courses) International students residing in specific regions outside of the UK may be eligible for a partial scholarship for our undergraduate and postgraduate online courses.

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