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MSc-PgDip Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies - At the institution - Plymouth - Devon
This programme will help you acquire the skills and expertise required to be an effective and reflective criminal justice practitioner and researcher. You will gain the knowledge and critical perspective to be able to act on your own initiative and to organise and direct your own research.
Entry requirements An honours degree in a social science or cognate discipline with a minimum of a 2:2(or non-UK equivalent). Applicants with well-established, relevant experience but without a degree will also be considered.
MSc/PgDip Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
-Offers opportunities to work collaboratively with outside agencies
-Takes an exciting multidisciplinary approach
-Provides a solid platform for further doctoral research
General programme structure
In the political and policymaking arenas, criminology acts as a lens for understanding many of today’s pressing concerns. Increasingly, the criminal justice system requires sophisticated and agile-minded practitioners and researchers.
If you are seeking to develop a career within the expanding criminal justice setting or are currently already employed in the system but wish to further your knowledge, then our programme will more than match your needs. We will challenge you to hone your critical perspective as you examine issues in criminology, generic social science theory, policy and research. You will sharpen your skills ready to tackle a major empirical research project for your final dissertation.
Our programme offers you the choice of working towards the postgraduate diploma or go on to complete the whole of the masters degree. A postgraduate certificate will be awarded after successful completion of two of the 20-credit criminology modules and two 10-credit research modules.
You will study three core criminology modules and a dissertation. Subjects include the theory of crime and punishment, equality and diversity policy issues, and key debates that arise from different research methodologies. You will also study a range of core social research modules which underpin the independent research that is the culmination of the programme.
Detailed programme structure
Core Criminology modules
-Theorising crime, risk and punishment
-Doing criminology: theory, policy and practice
-The criminal justice system: diversity, policy and practice
Core Social Research modules:
-Survey design and descriptive analysis
-Quantitative analysis two: bivariate analysis
-Qualitative approaches in social research
-Applying techniques of qualitative data analysis