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Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminology

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time (FT)
2 years part-time (PT)
Course code: LAWT107 (FT)
LAWT175 (PT)

The Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminology is directed at students seeking a short, tailored program in criminology, criminal justice and restorative justice as well as practitioners and policy-makers in these fields who may wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of recent domestic and international developments; one of very few programmes to use such perspectives to explore the key issues.

Why choose our MA International Criminology?

  • Unique - one of very few courses that uses comparative and international perspectives to explore the key issues in criminology today.
  • Research-led teaching - The University of Sheffield boasts one of Europe's leading centres for Criminology. 90% of the School's research outputs are judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Expert - Criminology has been taught here for over 30 years by some of the world's leading experts in the field.
  • Support - the course director is your personal tutor throughout your studies.  
  • Flexible - full-time or part-time study.
  • Alumni discount - 10% fee discount for self-financing Sheffield alumni.

The Certificate will suit people who wish to gain expert, relevant and up-to-date information about contemporary and emergent theoretical, empirical and policy-related developments in these fields, with a particular emphasis on the comparative aspects of these development.

Centre for Criminological ResearchTaught by leading researchers, the course is derived from the well-known and highly respected MA International Criminology and draws on the internationally regarded expertise of staff within the Faculty, particularly from The Centre for Criminological Research (CCR). CCR is one of the largest criminology and criminal justice research centres in the UK and one of Europe's leading centres of excellence in this subject area. Criminology has been taught at Sheffield for over 30 years.

Upon successful completion of the course, you also have the option to apply for transfer to the MA International Criminology, with the completed modules counted towards the masters degree.

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Course structure

Course structure

As a student on the Certificate you'll take fewer modules than classmates studying toward the MA International Criminology. The PG Certificate allows you to choose four taught modules from the MA program, with the option to study on a full-time basis in 1 year or on a part time basis across 2 years. 

The example course structure below is based on the 2018-19 academic year and may be subject to change in future years.

Students will take units to the value of 60 credits from the following modules:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Responding to Crime in Europe LAW6901 15
Issues in Comparative Penology LAW6907 15
The Cultures of Criminology LAW6922 15
International Criminal Law LAW684 15
Policing and Society LAW6129 15
Restorative Justice LAW6903 15
Gender and Violence LAW6923 15
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 15
Policing, Soldiering and Neoliberalism LAW6168 15

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Our campus and how we use it:
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course team

Our criminologists are leading academics in the School of Law who are themselves involved in research including restorative justice, policing, green criminology and violence.

Photo of Mark BrownConvenor of this course

Dr Mark Brown

I joined the School of Law in September 2014. Prior to that I had spent four years developing a small law and justice consultancy focused on actors in the international sphere and based in Geneva, while also working as a Chamonix-based professional mountain guide. Academically, I have spent most of my career in Australia where I was in the criminology program at the University of Melbourne. In 2011 I was a visiting professor at the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Lausanne and I held an earlier visiting appointment at Delhi University Law School.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

You can look up fees for full-time and part-time postgraduate courses here.

You can find further information on tuition fees for both UK/EU and overseas students here.

International students

Studying for your degree at the University of Sheffield offers you a world-class high-quality qualification and excellent value for money. One of the great advantages of studying at the University of Sheffield is that your money will go further in our city.

Living costs, tuition fees and more

Postgraduate taught course tuition fee deposits

If you are an International applicant and have accepted a place on a taught postgraduate course, the University of Sheffield will ask you to pay a deposit towards your course tuition fee. By paying a tuition fee deposit you will indicate that you are definitely going to take up your place. 

Tuition fee deposits

Home or overseas tuition fee status?

In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. The regulations governing the fee status of students can be found on the government legislation website.

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Funding your study

Find out more about financial support, money management and additional support here.

Other potential costs

Reassessment fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam web pages.

Other fees

The Student Services Information Desk provides more information about other fees that may apply.

Please be aware that this information can be subject to change if there is a change in policy.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.

For all Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminology applications you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) usually in law, social sciences, or humanities. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with significant work experience in a relevant field.
  • In certain circumstances we may consider candidates who do not meet these minimum requirements.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements:

Our minimum English requirement is:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or for alternative English language requirements please see here.

Please note:
We are continually reviewing our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.

Applicants with disabilities or dyslexia

We welcome disabled students and are committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the university's academic and support services.

Information for Disabled Applicants

How to apply

Application procedure

To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.

For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page. You will also find important information on the supporting documents* you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

*If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply and provide these to us later.

Please note: you do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.

To apply, please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form

Application deadline

There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.

Places are limited. Therefore we recommend submitting your application early to avoid disappointment.