This course allows you to develop an advanced knowledge of crime and offenders, as well as to assess contemporary trends and concepts in criminal justice policy and community safety. It will incorporate approaches to crime control within the community and penal institutions. You will also gain the methodological and analytic skills required to conduct research within the field of crime and criminal justice; this level of knowledge and skill can prepare you for doctoral study or research posts within the criminal justice arena, or can consolidate your professional experience.
The minimum entry requirement is normally a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (such as criminology, or social and behavioural sciences). Applications are also welcomed from those who have experience in criminal justice, or who possess relevant professional qualifications. In some circumstances applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be permitted to enrol on the MSc, at the discretion of the course leader. Applications are welcomed from overseas students, and all applicants are considered on individual merit, without regard to gender, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or social background. The course will be taught in English, and for those applicants whose native language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language will be required.
The course consists of four core modules, and a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
-Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
-Crime Control and Community Safety
-Criminological Research Methods
-Crime and Offender Patterns
Students also select one 'designate' module per semester, and these include (subject to availability):
-Sexual Violence: causes, consequences, and interventions
-Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
-Urban Patterns and Spatial Analysis
A range of methods are used including essays, projects and examinations. Most work is assessed by essays. The dissertation is between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length, and completed over the summer study period. The dissertation forms a key element of the MSc, and allows you topursue in depth a topic of your choosing.
The course helps prepare you for employment in the criminal justice sector (including the police, probation, prison, youth offending and community safety departments), as well as academic or government research posts. Recruitment prospects are buoyant given the ongoing concerns about crime and community safety, and the large amount of resources that are poured into the criminal justice system
Attendance and duration
Full-time: 1 year, Mon and Wed (subject to change)
Part-time (day): 2 years, 1 day a week, Mon or Wed (subject to change)