Taught course

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Keele University · School of Sociology and Criminology

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree at 2:2 class or higher (or international equivalent) in one of the humanities or social sciences subjects (e.g. law, criminal justice, criminology, sociology, history, political science). However, applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students for whom English is a second language will need English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS, with 5.5 in each subtest (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed for all those who want to acquire a thorough understanding of the more recent and often complex trends and developments in crime, criminal justice, and governance more broadly. Combining theoretical reflection and practical application, the course aims to provide you with an opportunity to specialise in the latest developments in criminology, criminal justice and governance studies.

The programme welcomes recent graduates (whether UK based or international students), mature students, and professionals in one of the relevant fields (e.g. police officers, prison officers, probation officers, social workers, lawyers, magistrates).

The distinctiveness of the programme resides in its multidisciplinary curriculum which is simultaneously rooted in the University’s combined honours approach to undergraduate teaching and interdisciplinary approach to research.

Fees and funding


All American and Canadian students will be eligible for a 10% bursary towards the overseas rate of tuition for the course. In addition, all students graduating from one of our 30 North American partners will be eligible for a further 15% bursary. Finally, if a previous exchange student from one of the partner universities decides to come back to Keele for graduate study, they will be eligible for a 50% bursary. Further information can be found here.

All students are eligible for an ERASMUS grant for the period spent at an EU partner institution.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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