Entry requirements (Home)
You will have an honours degree in, ideally but not exclusively, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, Law or related Social Science and Humanities subjects.
Coupled with a genuine enthusiasm to study issues related to the organisation and delivery of criminal justice, LJMU is looking for a recognised first degree of at least a good Second Class Honours Standard.
Additional qualifications considered: The requirements of a Second Class degree may be waived where it can be shown that an applicant has achieved a comparable academic standard through past studies and/or where work experience has made the applicant suitable for the programme.
International qualifications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
Candidates whose entry qualifications were not assessed in English must have attained a level of competence equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Months of entry
The MA Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University is a stand alone qualification designed to enhance your career prospects in roles linked to criminal justice agencies, the probation service, social science departments, the police and community based correction/treatment agencies.
- Course available full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Teaching from research-active staff and local criminal justice professionals ensures that you will critically engage with the theory, policy, and practice of the institutions and agencies of criminal justice
- Extensive range of module options, including an MA International Criminal Justice pathway
- Our focus on research training will equip you with the key transferable skills required to undertake original, empirical research
- Opportunities for careers involving criminal justice agencies, probation services, the police, academic departments and community based correction and treatment agencies
The Masters in Criminal Justice offers the opportunity for students, practitioners, and criminal justice professionals to critically engage with a broad range of issues that impact upon the effectiveness and integrity of the workings of the criminal justice system.
Through exploring a series of theoretical and policy-orientated debates relevant to the delivery of contemporary crime control and management, and assessing their cultural, social and symbolic consequences, the course helps you to develop a comprehensive and critically aware understanding of the manufacture and delivery of criminal justice policy.
During the programme you will evaluate discriminatory practice in the criminal justice process and the causes of miscarriages of justice. Your evaluations will be informed by a critical understanding of sources of data and research methodologies and, through option modules, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of particular issues relating to criminal justice in England, Wales and elsewhere.
Information for international students
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
Please see the course page for more information.
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||10|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||60|
|Dissertation||30 (20000 words)|
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090