Taught course


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

Entry requirements

  • a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject e.g. Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy. An interview is required for applicants with a 2:2 or without a relevant subject.
  • Applications are welcome from mature students and those without formal qualifications.
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent
  • RPL: Applications for Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning will be considered on an individual basis in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning Policy.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is available to study full-time or part-time.

Why study Criminology | Part-time at Liverpool John Moores University?

Engaging with cutting-edge debates in criminology, you’ll look at some of the most recent and advanced intellectual developments from around the world in relation to crime, (in)justice, and social harm.

About this course

Take a fresh perspective on the world of criminology.

MA Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University offers critical approaches to the study of crime, social harm and criminal justice.

Created by passionate subject specialists, this masters programme will help you develop advanced skills in research and theory, with a specific focus on policy and practice. You will take a fresh perspective on the world of criminology.

  • Excellent research-led teaching focused on the interplay of theory, policy and practice
  • Benefit from influential connections - your teaching team has strong local, national and international links with academics, community groups and justice campaigns, offering you invaluable first-hand learning experiences
  • Flexible ‘student-centred’ learning pathway with research or practice-based options
  • Learn from experts who bring professional currency and expertise to the fore and help you develop your ability to fulfil a strategic leadership position.

The study of Criminology is not just about the institutions of the criminal justice system. You will be encouraged to take a critical approach that examines issues of power, inequalities and social harm.

This interdisciplinary MA gives you the chance to look at Criminology from the perspective of various other disciplines such as Geography, History, Psychology, Political Science and Sociology.

As well as developing your advanced skills in research and theoretical application, the programme places a strong emphasis on the implications for policy and practice. It includes a strong comparative component, encouraging students to consider some of the international dimensions of crime, social harm and state responses to them.

Surround yourself with people who bring out your best...

“My interest in the field of criminology lies in challenging how we produce and share knowledge, reconsidering who we listen to and how we respond.”

Dr Will Jackson, MA Criminology Programme Leader

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Please see the course page for information.

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

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090