Applied Criminology and Forensic Studies

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Welcome to the Department of Applied Criminology and Forensic Studies

The department is home to an exciting and popular range of undergraduate programmes in Criminology and Forensic Studies. These courses draw on the expertise of our own staff as well as other specialists from across the University and beyond. We also offer an MSc in Applied Criminology and we warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate research.

The Department is home to the Institute of Policing (IoP). The IoP is a collaboration between the University and policing and criminal justice partners, working together to meet the professional requirements of modern policing and to develop high-quality, evidence-based education within the police service.

The department also hosts the Crime and Justice Research Centre (CJRC), which acts as both a catalyst and a forum for researchers and experts to come together to share their work as active members of the centre.

We offer a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment that puts itself at the forefront of the study of a range of contemporary social issues such as creativity, identity, investigation and insecurity. Our dynamic staff are leading innovative undergraduate programmes, and their wealth of experience in teaching, research and practice helps our students address many questions that are crucial to understanding the rapidly changing world in the 21st century.

We aim to deliver excellence in education and to inspire generations of students. We will provide you with skills and knowledge that will benefit you, the workforce, the community and the economy. Our courses produce informed, engaged, critical graduates who are not only experts in their own field but are also able to look beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines.

We are leading the way in producing creative, dynamic research that makes a difference in the real world. All of our staff are actively engaged in research and engagement and the creation of new knowledge that feeds directly into our programmes.

We work collaboratively for positive change in the local, national and global community. The Department has developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of organisations. In some cases this has led to subsequent employment. Students are encouraged to be proactive about placements and to seek out their own work experience opportunities within their course; however, a number of staff maintain close links with a range of external organisations and are able to provide advice and assistance.

The department has dedicated specialist facilities across our Campus. The Forensic Studies programme is well equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects. The CJRC boasts its own workspace. It has secure storage facilities for materials pertaining to live cases of miscarriages of justice that staff and students connected with the Centre work on as part of the Innocence Network UK (INUK).

Meet the team

Head of Department

Dr Adrian Barton, Reader in Criminology

Criminology and Institute of Policing


Institute of Policing

Forensic Studies

Research and laboratory staff

  • David Ashby, Criminology and Forensic Studies Laboratory Technician
  • Jill Dealey, Research Officer, Innocence Project

Research in Applied Criminology and Forensic Studies

Research strengths and centres

Research specialisms:

  • Applied and policy-oriented research in society and the environment
  • Criminology, including crime scene investigation, and policing
  • Forensics, including forensic archaeology and forensic linguistics*
  • Genetics and population genomics
  • Global health, ethics and international development

Visit our Staff profiles above to find out more about our academics' individual research strengths and interests.

* for Forensic Psychology, see Psychology Research.

Crime and Justice Research Centre

The Department also hosts the Crime and Justice Research Centre, which developed directly out of the success of the Criminology undergraduate programme and its participation in the Innocence Network UK (INUK). The Centre is the focus for academics across the University who are actively involved in a wide variety of research into crime-related area,s and acts as a link with practitioners nationally who are engaged in issues of crime and justice.

To find out more about the Crime and Justice Research Centre, contact CJRC Director Dr Alan Grattan.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Visit the Research Degrees section to find out everything you need to know about postgraduate research degrees at Winchester.