Taught course


The University of Manchester · School of Law

Entry requirements

A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, is required in your first degree. A social science subject is advantageous but not necessary.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Criminology is an innovative, interdisciplinary course focusing on current trends and historical debates surrounding key issues of crime causation, crime control and regulation. This course is particularly targeted to students who are looking to develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. The degree is aimed at recent graduates looking to improve their academic credentials, as well as practitioners and professionals in the criminal justice field who want to update and broaden their knowledge in this area. Compulsory and optional courses allow students to engage with a diverse range of issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates and the methods used to research them.

A prior degree in criminology is not essential but previous study of a social science discipline would be an advantage.

The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Ms Saba Mirshafiei
+44 (0)161 306 1270