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Diploma in Criminology and Security Management.

Traditionally the role of security has been viewed as a low skilled guarding function, and it is only in the last decade that the security, has begun to drive security management towards the status of a profession MKU believes that the subject area of security management may include the study of accidents, hazards, risk, disasters and much more, as well as management and criminology. The subject is concerned with the protection of assets from threats: hence the overlap with criminology when the threat is crime. And also enlighten the stake holders in the security field, Business and society at large on causes of criminology, security and risk management and practical Measures of curbing the menace the new constitution guarantees security for all.  

Why Study  the Programme

  1. To provide a detailed knowledge and understanding of theoretical explanation of crime and criminal behavior.
  2. To explain the ways that uncontrollable forces of biological, psychological, ecological, physiological and sociological nature contribute to offending behavior.
  3. To introduce the learner to the concept of the law and procedures as they relate to the study of criminology, security and risk management.
  4. To provide adequate knowledge and information on risk management theories.

Target Groups
The Diploma course in Criminology and security Management is intended to meet the national needs on capacity building in the police, prison and private security firms. Sociology provides a rich knowledge directly concerning these institutions. It offers research techniques and contributes to institutional reforms particularly in criminology and security studies. The Programme is designed for students or clients who wish to pursue careers in police services, forensic investigations, human Rehabilitation services and security management. The private sector will find the trainees useful in security management and related roles. In general, it is expected that this programme will complement and sustain the professionalization of the police, prison and probation services in East Africa and beyond.

Programme Objectives
Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates of Diploma in criminology and Security Management will have acquired knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to be able to

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and theoretical perspectives which relate to the study of crime and criminal justice.
  2. Engage in a critical and inter-disciplinary approach to the study of crime and criminal justice practice.
  3. Have an understanding of crime and criminal justice policy.
  4. Employ a range of generic and specialist criminal justice-specific digital communication technologies to apply criminological knowledge and conduct social and criminological research and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field.

Entry Requirements
A mean grade of C plain or the Kenya Certificate of education Div 111(37 Points)  Education (KCSE) or equivalent qualification With C- in English and C plain in  Any of the Social Sciences.

Exemptions and Credit Transfers
Credit transfers may be given to students who have done similar courses from institutions recognized by the university senate

Programme Durations and Fees
Diploma in Criminology and Security Management programme shall be offered in SIX Trimesters. Each of the trimesters shall have SIX units of three credit hours each. The research project shall be done in the 4th Trimester and shall account for three credit hours and equivalent to one unit.

A candidate will be deemed to have passed an academic year after successful completion of all units offered in that year. The program is structured to take Four trimesters one and ½ academic year including practicum/industrial attachment.

Programme start date.
Every January, May and Sept


Download the most recent fee structure here

Application form

Applications can be downloded here , you can also submit your application online here

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