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. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

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.
  • Research excellence - The Department of Sociology is home to many research centres, including the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU), the Substance Use and Associated Behaviours (SUAB) Research Group and the Crime and Wellbeing Big Data Centre. Masters students may have the opportunity to get involved in research activities through centres such as these.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit: www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/
International students
For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/

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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

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969