Taught course

Criminal Justice

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 5175

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation30 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090