Criminology Diploma - 3 CPD Accredited Courses - Lowest price of the Year!

Accredited Criminology Online Course | Recognised Certificate Included | Unlimited 24/7 Lifetime Access | SPECIAL OFFER!

International Open Academy


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Are you fascinated by crime? Binge-watch detective series? Love solving puzzles? Get a sense of satisfaction when a criminal is caught? Then your DNA looks ideal for a career in criminology.

Around 5.5 million crimes are committed annually in England and Wales, so there’s plenty of work in the world of criminology. You could be gathering clues at a murder scene or hunting for cybercriminals who are stealing £190,000 every day from victims in the UK alone.

Crime fascinates all of us. But not everyone has what it takes to be part of the team which investigates crimes. You can find out how well your profile fits that of a criminologist by studying our three popular courses on criminology and crime.


  • Lifetime access - No time limits - Study at your own pace
  • Internationally-recognised CPD accredited course
  • Start learning straight away from any laptop or mobile device in any country
  • Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

For the price of a night out, you can enjoy staying in and studying:

  • Forensic Science - how forensic scientists work with clues
  • Criminal Psychology - understanding the criminal mind
  • Criminology & Profiling - what makes a criminal?

You can study these 3 CPD certificate courses for less than the full price of a single course. Save money and start your criminology studies online straight away.

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Crime is intriguing on so many levels. We’re fascinated with good versus evil and what makes some people turn bad. We can’t get our heads around humans who can hurt or destroy other people. And we love solving puzzles - watching detective series or reading books and trying to guess whodunnit.

Our criminology online courses give you a fascinating insight into the criminal world. They put you at the crime scene. You’ll learn about the different roles involved in collecting evidence, profiling the perpetrator and seeing justice is served. Find out about different types of crimes, famous criminals and whether someone is more prone to be a victim of crime.

Our three-in-one bundle of criminology courses enables you to mix up your studies. You can move seamlessly from finding out how DNA is used to solve crimes in our Forensic Science course to finding out how evidence is examined in our Criminology & Profiling course.

You don’t have to decide which of our criminology online courses to enjoy first - you can have them all and start studying them simultaneously.

Invest in three criminology certificate courses for less than the price of one. Find your ideal career or satisfy your curiosity about how to catch criminals. You study when you want, wherever you want. And you have lifetime access to your courses, so you can delve in and out or refresh your memory as often as you wish.

How are the criminology courses assessed?

By studying online with IOA, you do not pay an extra fee for sitting an exam or have to wait for a set date to sit an exam. There is a short exam at the end of each module for you to take, You’ll know your score immediately.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, you must complete the course and successfully pass each course module with a score of 55% or more to be eligible for the certificate. You will get one certificate for each course. You can also get the ICOES certificate for a small fee to cover printing and posting.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: Introduction

  • What is criminal psychology?
  • What is the role of a criminal psychologist?
  • What education is required to become a criminal psychologist?
  • Personal characteristics of a criminal psychologist
  • Career pathways in the field of criminal psychology

Module 2: Origins Of Criminal Behaviour

  • Defining crime
  • Traditional theories of crime
  • Biological theories of criminal behaviour
  • Sociological theories of criminal behaviour
  • Developmental theories of criminal behaviour
  • Psychological theories of criminal behaviour

Module 3: Human Aggression And Violence

  • Defining aggression
  • Types of aggression
  • Biological model of aggression
  • Social learning model of aggression
  • Cognitive model of aggression
  • Integrated theory of crime

Module 4: Crime And Mental Illness

  • Defining mental illness
  • Causality and criminal responsibility
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance abuse and crime

Module 5: Criminal Acts

  • Types of crime
  • Aggravated assault
  • Homicide and manslaughter
  • Serial homicide
  • Family and domestic violence
  • Hate crimes

Module 6: Sex Crimes

  • Sexual harassment
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Characteristics of sexual offenders
  • Sexual offences against children

Module 7: Other Crimes

  • Childhood abuse
  • Juvenile crime
  • Burglary, home invasions and theft
  • Cybercrime
  • Terrorism


Module 1: Introduction

  • What is crime?
  • What causes crime?
  • Introduction to profiling
  • Why is profiling important?

Module 2: Schools Of Thought

  • Classical
  • Positivist
  • Chicago
  • Theories of social structure
  • Symbolic interactionism
  • Individual theories
  • Biosocial theories

Module 3: Types And Levels Of Crime

  • Misdemeanours and felonies
  • Personal crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Inchoate crimes
  • White collar crimes

Module 4: Violent Crimes

  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Assault

Module 5: Punishment

  • Fines and sanctions
  • Prison
  • Death penalty
  • Parole and probation

Module 6: Forensic Science

  • What is forensics and where did it start?
  • Forensic pathology and autopsies
  • Toxicology
  • Ballistics
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Fingerprints

Module 7: Profilers

  • Criminal profilers – who they are and what they do
  • Howard Teten
  • John E. Douglas
  • Robert Ressler
  • Other notable profilers

Module 8: Phases Of Profiling

  • Examination of evidence
  • Classification of evidence
  • Reconstruction
  • Examining the offender’s signature
  • Generating a profile

Module 9: Victimology

  • Victims
  • Consequences of crime for victims
  • Victim proneness
  • Victim facilitation
  • Victim rights

Module 10: Famous Case Studies

  • Jack the Ripper
  • Charles Manson
  • Al Capone
  • Other notable criminal cases


Module 1: Historical Development And Role Of Forensic Sciences

  • Introduction to forensic sciences and basic principles
  • Special areas and contributions of the forensic sciences
  • Development of medico-legal investigation
  • Forensic pathology and toxicology

Module 2: The Crime Scene

  • Processing the crime scene
  • Reconstruction of the crime scene
  • Legal considerations of the crime scene
  • Using science to link crimes
  • The significance of physical evidence

Module 3: Fingerprinting

  • Fundamental principles of fingerprinting
  • Classification of fingerprints
  • Methods of detecting and preserving fingerprints
  • Digital imaging techniques
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)
  • Case study: product tampering and Stella Nickell

Module 4: DNA Analysis

  • The nature of DNA
  • Collecting DNA samples
  • DNA typing
  • Analysis of DNA evidence
  • The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
  • Case study: the exoneration of Earl Washington

Module 5: Toxicology

  • What is forensic toxicology?
  • Techniques used in toxicology
  • The significance of toxicological findings
  • Toxicology and identification of poisons
  • Toxicology and identification of drugs

Module 6: Arson And Explosion Investigations

  • The chemistry of fire
  • Investigating the fire scene
  • Type of explosions
  • Collecting and analysing explosives
  • Case Study: Is Daniel Dougherty guilty of arson?

Module 7: Serological Evidence

  • The nature of blood
  • Stain patterns of blood
  • Forensic analysis of blood, semen, and other bodily fluids
  • Collection and analysis of rape evidence

Module 8: Firearms

  • Forensic ballistics
  • Gunpowder residue
  • Bullet and cartridge casing comparisons
  • Striations and tool marks
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Case study: family murderer Christopher Vaughn proven guilty

Module 9: Time Of Death Determinations

  • Stages of decomposition
  • Body temperature calculations
  • Stomach contents
  • Decomposed skeletonised remains
  • Forensic entomology (insects)
  • Case study: the murder of Leanne Tiernan

Module 10: The Forensic Scientist As Expert Witness In Court

  • Preparation for testimony
  • Testimony and cross-examination
  • Admissibility of scientific evidence
  • Ethical considerations

Module 11: Collaboration In Criminal Investigations

  • Working with detectives
  • Working with forensic psychologists
  • Working with the prosecutor or defence
  • Conducting research
  • Lecturing and consulting

Who is this course for?

This fascinating collection of criminology courses is for anyone:

  • Considering a career profiling criminals or helping to solve crimes
  • Who is fascinated by crime shows and stories and wants to get ‘behind the scenes’
  • Seeking an intriguing and interesting insight into another aspect of the criminal justice system, and the minds of criminals
  • Who works with offenders or within the justice system
  • Who dreams of writing crime fiction
  • Loves thrillers and wants to understand how criminals are brought to justice
  • Who enjoys the thrill of solving puzzles
  • Curious about how evidence is gathered to solve crimes
  • Fascinated by how the criminal mind works
  • Wanting information about the work of a forensic scientist
  • Interested in a career as a criminal profiler
  • Looking into a career as a detective
  • With an interest in sociology and psychology


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

After studying our package of criminology online courses, you could:

  • Investigate further a career in law enforcement, in various specialities such as criminology, forensic psychology, or criminal law
  • Elevate your crime writing to the next level
  • Start a blog or podcast about crime
  • Write a blockbuster crime-solving TV show
  • Look into a career working with offenders or the victims of crime

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Hazel asked:

So is each course a Diploma or the combined 3?


The Criminology bundle we are offering is composed of 3 courses, and each one will have its certificate of completion.

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Highland asked:

Are your Diplomas accredited by SQA or the OU?


Our certification is international and provided the International Council for Online Educational Standards, ICOES, and CPD ( CPD UK).

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Jessica asked:

Is the qualification a recognised accreditation?


The certificate of completion for our Criminology course is provided by the International Council for Online Educational Standards, ICOES, and also accredited by CPD ( CPD UK).

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