WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$636 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies shall prepare students for a wide range of professional roles in the criminal justice system, security as well as the broader social science career field. The programme examines the nature, extent, and causes of crime in various settings, the impact of crime on victims and society, and society’s response to crime.

These include individual and community responses; the investigation of crimes, arrest of offenders, their prosecution, defenses, adjudication by the courts; and an array of sentencing and correctional outcomes. The nature, effectiveness and forms of criminal justice reform efforts are also studied.

The Diploma also aims to examine key elements of insecurity in the contemporary world ranging from radical group activities through to long term issues of insecurity created by declining resources and conflicts or a changing environment.

The focus is not solely on Kenya and the security threats it faces but includes studies and experiences from outside our borders. Studies delve in evidence based practice from around the globe but with a local focus. The programme has a practicum /internship component.

This is an important learning tool that provides opportunities for students to put theory into practice, and acquire knowledge and skills directly related to various activities of their discipline, for personal and professional development.

Training in criminology and security studies to protect the good of society and public safety.

Crime continues to be one of our major social problems, necessitating an increased need for services that ensure the safety of our society. As a result, employment opportunities in public safety services also increase. This Diploma Course provides the necessary skills to secure a successful career in one of the many criminology and security related occupations.

The study of Criminology is usually associated with Police work only .While indeed it is of great value to the Police, many other professional opportunities exist outside of police-related work. Other career opportunities are in Corrections, Social Services, Civil Society, Private Security, Juvenile Justice, various other forms of investigative services in banks, Insurance firms and other companies.

This programme therefore provides valuable and transferable skills that will enable students to succeed in a variety of careers and in their life in general. The diploma may also serve as an entry to degree programmes in criminology, law other related social science disciplines

The programme is focused on utilizing the most effective methods and techniques of teaching and imparting knowledge to develop technical and practical graduates who will be attractive to employers in both the public and private sectors.


Duration, Loading and Mode of Delivery
The Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies will be covered in four semesters or two years. To fulfill the graduation requirements for the Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies, candidates must successfully complete a minimum of 90 credit factors (C.Fs). The course will be offered on a Full-time, Part-time or distance learning mode. Methods of delivery of the programme include lectures, discussions, field visits and industrial attachment.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Candidates must have obtained a mean score of C (plain) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or its equivalent. Admission may be granted to holders of a certificate in Criminology or related studies from Chuka University or any other institution recognized by Chuka University. Candidates who hold any degree from an institution recognized by Chuka University may be eligible for admission into the Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of the programme, students are expected to:
– Describe the field of criminology; its nature, area of study, and historical development.
– Explain the history, roles, interactions, and the responsibilities of the criminal justice in a free society.
– Explain the concept of penology; origin, evolution and modern practice of treatment and punishment of offenders.
– Demonstrate the application of investigative theory in crime scene preservation; methods of identifying, collecting, preserving, and processing evidence.
– Describe and apply human rights principles to different stages of the criminal justice process

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $636
Tuition Fees for International Students: $795

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 70,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 87,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
General School Office
For General Enquiries