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The award
MSc

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time, distance

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Victimology at University of Portsmouth

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.

Tailoring your degree to your interests and ambitions

On this course, you can graduate with a degree title (see below) that reflects your interests and career goals by choosing specific modules. 

You'll choose which modules you want to do at the start of the course. We'll help you choose modules and degree title that matches your interests and career ambitions.

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
  • Security
  • 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.

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.

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 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Learning support

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:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • 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:

  • Teaching block 1 - September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 - January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 - January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 - May to June

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:

  • essays
  • case study
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • research proposal
  • dissertation or major project

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Part time distance learning: £3,650 per year (subject to annual increase)

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Part time distance learning: £3,650 per year (subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Part time distance learning: £3,650 per year (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. 

Apply for this course using our online application form.

Note you're applying for MSc Criminal Justice - you'll graduate with a MSc Victimology degree title when you choose the relevant modules at the start of the course.

September 2021 start

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University of Portsmouth to find course entry requirements.

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