Criminology and Criminal Justice

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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

Criminology and Criminal Justice

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type




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On our MA Criminology and Criminal Justice, our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;

  • Drawing on a diverse range of Social Science disciplines such as criminology, law and socio-legal studies, psychology, sociology and human rights.
  • Offering a step-by-step theoretical and practical grounding in criminological research.
  • Gaining 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.

These three strands ensures a dynamic and outward-looking syllabus which encourages fresh thinking in the study of crime and justice.

How you'll learn

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. 

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Career options

Go further with an expert degree behind you.

You will be equipped with the knowledge, competencies and skills to prepare you for further study at PhD level.

You could go on to work as:

  • Probation officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Criminal profiler
  • Policy analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Crime prevention specialist
  • Academic researcher
  • Social worker
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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,188 £17,325

Specific entry requirements

This Master's programme is open to students with undergraduate degrees in any discipline.  Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

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Our Research

Our research is led by a multi-disciplinary team of sociologists, criminologists, social anthropologists and socio-legal scholars, united by a sociological approach to exploring inequalities, prejudice and social trends as they relate to social justice in diverse societies. Our work on social justice centres around four principal research themes: citizenship, migration and rights; personal life, sexuality and identity; social and political violence; and health policies, illness and well-being. Click here to view our research page.

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