Taught course

Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bangor University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A single or joint honours degree of at least 2(i) classification or in exceptional cases a good 2(ii) in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Policy, or a related academic discipline. Applications from candidates who have relevant professional experience in lieu of a bachelor degree will also be considered. All applicants in this category will be invited for interview.

Research Training (ESRC Approved); Specialist.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The course was one of the first to take an internationally comparative perspective across a broad range of criminology and criminal justice issues. It is designed to meet the needs of three groups of potential students: those requiring a thorough research training specialising in criminology and criminal justice; those who are interested in pursuing criminology and criminal justice to an advanced level; and practitioners in the criminal justice field who wish to expand their horizons from national to international levels. The programme components consist of a generic research module (The Research Process) for training in qualitative and quantitative research methods in the Social Sciences, specialised training in Applied Research Criminology and a module on international case studies in Criminology, which allows students to incorporate their particular research interests and areas of enquiry in comparative criminological and criminal justice research. The MA includes a 20,000 word dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0, with no individual score lower than 5.5, or equivalent (international candidates only).

Fees and funding

Bursaries vary in value up to £3,390 and are open to UK/EU and overseas students. Bursaries will be awarded on the strength of applications received. Whilst academic achievement is a key criterion, a broad view of each candidate's academic, work experience and life achievements will be considered.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation30 (15000 words)
conference presentation5

Course contact details

Debbie Pritchard
+44 (0)1248 383023