University of Portsmouth

Law and Criminology

Research encompasses a wide range of theoretical, methodological and doctrinal approaches in law and the Criminal Justice System. Research strengths converge in several areas, including business law, discrimination law and legal education, with productive interdisciplinary collaborations such as with criminal justice and economics.

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) is a multi-disciplinary department with an extensive range of research activity, pure and applied. A number of our staff are leading figures in their fields of scholarship. Our researchers work to enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the broad field of criminal justice and criminological studies, including research into criminology and criminal justice studies, counter fraud, community justice, police, forensics and investigation, security and risk management, and criminal psychology. Research within the field of Law and Criminology may also be closely linked to research within the department of Psychology.

Entry requirements

Please contact the department for details of entry requirements. Law requires

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5. Other subject areas require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Research areas

  • Law
  • Criminology - Policing Crime and Investigating
  • Criminology - Risk, Security and Counter Fraud
  • Criminology - Youth Crime and Social Justice


Fees are subject to place of study; fees officially stated are for the School of Law.

Alternatively, fees for Institute of Criminal Justice:

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,970 p/a
International full-time students: £12,600 p/a
International part-time students: £6,300 p/a

By Publication: 1 year part-time - Fees:*

  • Members of staff: £1,490 
  • External candidates: £4,195

*Fees are for 2017/18 entry. All fees are subject to annual increase.

UK/EU fees include Channel Islands and Isle of Man students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,195 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
MPhil Full-time £ 13,300 (Academic year) International 2 Years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,570 (Academic year) Home/EU 4 Years
MPhil Part-time £ 6,650 (Academic year) International 4 Years
PhD Full-time £ 4,195 (Academic year) Home/EU 3 Years
PhD Full-time £ 13,300 (Academic year) International 3 Years
PhD Part-time £ 2,570 (Academic year) Home/EU 6 Years
PhD Part-time £ 6,650 (Academic year) International 6 Years

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