Criminology and Criminal Justice


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  • Explore current criminological issues and examine their impact at global, regional and local levels
  • Become part of our international research-led community of scholars and students who will challenge and develop your thinking about issues in crime and justice
  • Develop your critical thinking skills, research techniques and capacity to communicate complex intellectual ideas
  • A strong emphasis on real-world practice and employability
  • Roehampton is ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our Social Sciences research (REF 2014)


Open your mind to a range of perspectives on crime and justice, and the impact they have on society today.

The University of Roehampton's MA Criminology and Criminal Justice will help you gain the skills required to explore and develop your research and your employability. The course content draws on a diverse range of Social Science disciplines such as criminology, law and socio-legal studies, psychology, sociology and human rights.

Our programme comprises five core modules - including a dissertation - and a number of optional modules based on the research specialisms of our high profile academic staff.

This dynamic and outward-looking syllabus encourages fresh thinking in the study of crime and justice. Our range of exciting new optional modules will enable you to specialise in key criminological topics such as migration, online harm, environmental justice and genocide.

You will gain a strong foundation of knowledge and be introduced to criminology within its historical and cultural context. You will also examine a range of contemporary issues such as global crime networks, mass incarceration, policing, organised crime and counter-terrorism.

The programme also offers a step-by-step theoretical and practical grounding in criminological research. You will gain key skills for your own research project, including research design, data collection and data analysis, whilst benefitting from the support of a thesis supervisor throughout. 

Here are examples of the modules on this programme some of which are compulsory and others optional:

Compulsory modules

Harms, Crime and Power
Crime Control and Justice
Criminology in Practice
Advanced Research Methods: Design and Practice
Dissertation (Criminology)

Optional modules
Environmental Crime, Justice and Politics
Breaking the Internet: crimes, harms and injustice
Migration, Criminal Justice and Citizenship
Criminology Advanced Placement
International Development and Economic Justice
Genocide, Atrocities and International Justice
Identity, Diversity and Human Rights


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be equipped with the knowledge, competencies and skills to prepare you for further study at PhD level. The programme's practice-focused approach also equips students with the knowledge and skills required for a range of employment options within criminal justice and beyond.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.