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Entry requirements

You will normally have a 2:2 (or higher) UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in criminology or a related field, or a postgraduate diploma, or a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an honours degree. It is recognised that non-standard applicants may be equipped to successfully complete masters level study and applications will be assessed flexibly, while maintaining the necessary academic standards.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Applied Criminology has been developed to offer real world knowledge and experience, offering students the opportunity to consider criminology in practice, both in criminal justice and applied research.

Our team includes former justice practitioners and researchers at the cutting edge of research and evaluation in areas such as youth justice, drugs and criminal justice policy. The experience and contacts this brings has given us the opportunity to develop a vibrant, applied curriculum including options of study in criminal justice policy, practice and theory, as well as the opportunity to undertake a placement in a relevant organisation. You will also cover research methods and carry out your own research.

We have devised this course to suit people working in, or planning to work in criminal justice and related areas, as well as those looking for an academic career; there is no requirement that students should have previously studied criminology.

Features and Benefits

  • A varied masters degree - Designed for both students whose aims and interests are purely academic and those who wish to develop a more practice-related focus.
  • No exams - Assessment is 100% coursework with opportunities to explore case studies from cutting edge research and practice.
  • Academic expertise - teaching staff have national and international reputations within the discipline and are actively engaged in research, publication, academic enterprise as well as being involved in government consultation, policy development and evaluation. This feeds into teaching and, as a result, you can expect to be exposed to the very latest developments and emerging knowledge in this field.
  • Industry links and input - close working links with youth justice, probation, policing and the prisons in the region and input from criminal justice practitioners and groups campaigning for justice.
  • Placements in industry - opportunity for a placement in, or linked to, the world of criminal justice.
  • Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) - you’ll have the chance to get involved with our multidisciplinary research centre, PERU. Run by a team of evaluators, economists, sociologists and criminologists, the centre specialises in evaluating policies, programmes and projects, and advising national and local policy makers on the development of evidence-informed policy. PERU work for government departments including the Home Office and local delivery organisations including police forces, probation services, local authorities and the voluntary sector. Recently they have advised on areas of criminal justice, crime reduction, advice services, substance misuse and young people's services. This real-world research is brought into our teaching throughout this course, and you’ll also have the valuable opportunity to get involved with the centre’s latest projects through our placements unit.
  • The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies - the MCYS brings together researchers from across the university to explore how the meanings, experiences and representations of youth have changed over time, while focusing on issues relevant to youth today. This includes a particular focus on youth justice through the Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership with youth justice services across Greater Manchester. You’ll be able to take advantage of the strong relationships we’ve developed with industry professionals from the youth justice sector throughout, and beyond, your course.
  • Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre - the centre brings together crime, health and multiple data to enhance understanding of the drivers of social problems and issues of crime, policing, and health and wellbeing; research of which underpins what you’ll learn throughout the course.
  • QSTEP - you’ll benefit from quantitative methods training from one of only 15 Q-Step Centres in the UK; recognised as a centre for excellence in the teaching and training of quantitative methods, with a national and global reputation for its pedagogy.

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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

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