Taught course

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Keele University · School of Sociology and Criminology

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.

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 MA programme is block taught. You will be required to attend four 3-day blocks of intensive teaching and discussion that normally run between September and May. This format allows students to combine their studies with either part-time or full-time professional activities should they wish to do so.

A significant effort will be made in the programme to tailor teaching contents both to your individual educational and professional background and to your intellectual or professional interests. The programme has a teaching format which will provide you with many opportunities to discuss your own intellectual interests or professional experience. You will also be offered an opportunity to take an elective. The programme includes an additional half day dissertation workshop where you will be able to prepare for your dissertation research.

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

The programme is taught by staff from the school of sociology and criminology who all have considerable expertise (both research and teaching) in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, and governance studies.

Students will be assigned a personal supervisor from the teaching team. They will be available for help or advice at any time during the course.

Information for international students

Students for whom English is a second language will need English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS test scores (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Christine Pointon