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  • Entry requirements
    an upper second honours degree in law or social sciences, or non-UK equivalent.
  • Course description

    If you want to ...
    • investigate contemporary policy debates and perspectives in crime control
    • consider how policy debates inform the politics of crime control
    • explore cutting theories of criminology
    • hone your research skills

    ... then MA Criminology is the course for you.

    MA Criminology enables you to develop and enhance your knowledge of criminological theories and research.

    The programme will allow you to gain an understanding of how the criminal justice process operates and the context in which it exists.

    The course provides you with key skills including those required to critically analyse debates within criminology, and carry out methodologically rigorous research.

    You will gain an in-depth specialist knowledge of explanations of crime.

    You will also examine criminal justice policies and the different ways in which society can prevent crime and deal with offenders.

    The course will be useful for anyone that wishes to enter one of the criminal justice professions or for those already employed in such professions that wish to enhance their knowledge and skills.


    This course has four compulsory modules. You also take one or two of the optional modules, depending on which module options you choose.

    Compulsory modules
    Research Methods focuses on the mechanics of the research process: how to formulate research questions, design research strategies and generally go about the process of 'researching.'

    Criminal Justice Policies, Perspectives and Research will investigate contemporary policy debates and perspectives in criminal justice and crime control. You will study criminal justice policy within the context of broader social changes and political and ideological processes, and consider the ways in which policy debates inform, and are informed by, broader perspectives on criminal justice and the politics of crime control.

    Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the school's MA/PhD supervisory panel.

    Theories of Crime, Justice and Control explores the nature of contemporary trends and shifts within crime control and criminology through the examination of a number of key cutting-edge theoretical ideas, concepts and perspectives that enhance an understanding of the governance of crime.

    Optional modules
    • Criminal Justice Processes
    • Policing 1: The Nature of Contemporary Policing
    • International Criminal Justice
    • Forensic Process
    • Policing 2: Police Accountability
    • Advanced Cybercrime: computers and crime in the information age
    • Family, Law and Society

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