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.

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