Applicants should normally have: At least a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (such as criminology, or social and behavioural sciences). Applications are also welcomed from those who have experience in criminal justice, or who possess relevant professional qualifications. In some circumstances applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be permitted to enrol on the MSc, at the discretion of the course leader.
Months of entry
It will incorporate approaches to crime control within the community and penal institutions. You will also gain the methodological and analytic skills required to conduct research within the field of crime and criminal justice; this level of knowledge and skill can prepare you for doctoral study or research posts within the criminal justice arena, or can consolidate your professional experience. To find out more about criminology within the faculty please visit our pages.
The Programme leader for this course is Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon. She can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about criminology within the faculty please visit our pages.
Faculty of Social and Humanities
The course consists of four core modules, and a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Crime Control and Community Safety
- Criminological Research Methods
- Crime and Offender Patterns
Students also select one 'designate' module per semester, and these include (subject to availability):
- Community Development
- Sexual Violence: causes, consequences, and interventions
- Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
- Intelligence Analysis
- Urban Patterns and Spatial Analysis
You are assessed via essays, projects, examinations and a dissertation between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length. The dissertation forms a key element of the MSc. It allows you to pursue in depth a topic of your choosing and is to be completed over the summer study period.
The aim of the course is to prepare you for employment or further study in the criminal justice sector.
The curriculum will equip you for a range of careers in the criminal justice system and related professions, all with excellent recruitment prospects. Key career paths include the Metropolitan Police Service, Probation Service, Foreign Office, Prison Service, youth offending and community safety departments, as well as academic or government research posts.
Information for international students
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
- 020 7133 4202