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You can’t learn this anywhere else

JOE, 2018 cohort

You can’t learn this anywhere else

Master’s degree Back to top

As part of the programme you will complete a fully-funded, bespoke Master’s degree. Drawing on the latest research in the field, and led by top academic experts, your studies will give you the chance to step back from the day-to-day and learn the theory to drive system change on the frontline.

Delivered part-time over two years, the course provides specialist knowledge and advanced understanding of the prison environment that will enhance your professional practice as a prison officer and build an academically informed, evidence-based perspective on a wide range of issues in criminal justice. It will give you the skills and expertise to change attitudes and perceptions to encourage new approaches that support rehabilitation.

We are currently going through a process of reviewing our Master’s degree content and structure to learn from the last three years. We expect to make some updates from 2020. The strucutre below is for the current course but it should give you a reasonable sense of what you will cover and how the appraoch we take.

  1. Part one

    Custodial Care in Practice

  2. Part two

    Rehabilitation and Desistance

  3. Part three

    Leadership and Change

  4. Part four

    Research Methods

  5. Part five


The course was originally developed with Helen Arnold, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at University of Suffolk and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. She is a leading expert on the role of the prison officer.