Taught course

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Aberystwyth University · Aberystwyth Law School

Entry requirements

An Honours Degree 2:2 (minimum). Degrees in law, the social sciences, or other similar subjects are preferred. Those from other disciplines or with suitable professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable especially if ECTS evidence is available. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and/or Accreditation of Experiential Prior Learning (APEL) are considered on an individual basis according to current University Regulations. Further information including applications forms, reference forms and information on fees can be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice at Aberystwyth University provides you with the opportunity to develop advanced analytical knowledge of criminological theory and criminal justice processes and outcomes. Building on learning at undergraduate level in criminology or a related subject area, it promotes and enhances a critical awareness of social science research methods and skills used to undertake real world research on crime, disorder and deviations from social norms. You will be equipped with a broad range of learning opportunities in research design and methodology, enabling you to conduct an independent piece of critical research in a related area of your choosing. With a wide range of exciting contemporary optional modules, you will obtain an applied insight in to how criminology intercedes a number of other disciplines and helps to inform criminal justice policy and practice. This is a stimulating and demanding programme, involving intensive learning in small groups, overseen by subject specialists and experts in the field.

The Department of Law & Criminology provides a stimulating learning environment where students can engage in rigorous academic enquiry and develop their own criminological interests and skills. The MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice is premised on a core belief in the importance of application of theory to practice, and utilisation of robust empirical evidence to evaluate the outcomes. Students on this programme will have the opportunity to study the application of criminological theory to real life crime contexts, social problems and their management and prevention. This degree will provide an excellent opportunity to master knowledge and skills suited to professional environments and careers, including research and academia, government departments and criminal justice agencies, and voluntary organisations in the criminal justice sector.

Information for international students

If you have a Bachelor's degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further details see our website.

Fees and funding

For more information on funding please see our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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