Taught course


Teesside University · Criminology

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good second-class honours degree in a relevant field. However, those who have relevant professional qualifications and/or relevant experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This academic programme has been developed in response to the need of statutory, voluntary and private organisations involved in developing crime reduction strategies. It creates and examines research-based evidence of which strategies work.
You develop expertise in theory, method and research as well as a broad understanding of the criminal justice system and an in-depth knowledge of current issues in criminology. You explore contemporary crime, victimisation and crime reduction.

How you learn
Learning includes a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer-assisted learning, discussions, guided reading, case studies, research exercises and projects, and research using conventional library sources. Some of the learning and teaching methods are combined in sessions.

The usual weekly two-hour session per module is used to enable you to acquire knowledge of the issues relating to criminology and criminal justice as well as research methods. Interactive learning in the form of discussion also takes place in those weekly sessions, especially the latter part of the session, which is used to build upon the lectures provided in the former part.

Support is provided outside the classroom environment. Virtual and interactive learning environments are also used to provide learning resources for each module and to enable you to discuss the course material with other students and with the teaching staff outside the classroom thus maximising your learning experience.

How you are assessed
Modules are assessed by a combination of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment includes seminar exercises and group oral presentations, whereas summative assessment ranges from essays and case studies to structured project and knowledge checks based upon preparatory readings.

Career opportunities
Opportunities exist in the criminal justice system (including the police, prison, probation and youth offending services). This programme is also ideal if you're interested in working (or already work) in social services and related voluntary agencies. Some of our MSc students continue to doctoral studies and/or work at colleges and universities.

Information for international students

For further information please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For information on funding please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation (20000 words)

Course contact details

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