Taught course


University of Bath · Department of Social and Policy Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in a social science, humanities or arts discipline.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt form our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Enhance your criminal justice knowledge and develop your criminological imagination. You’ll focus on global contemporary crime and justice-related challenges.

This is a master’s degree with a strong global focus. You’ll critically analyse some of the biggest crime, deviance and criminal justice issues affecting society right now. By doing this, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by policymakers and law enforcement organisations, and the mechanisms that prevent and manage these.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn to enhance your research skills. This will allow you to assess topical issues and develop convincing arguments for change.

Upon successful completion of the degree, you’ll be equipped with the skills to progress or begin your career in the criminal justice sector in the UK or further afield.

You will study topics such as:

  • international criminal justice and law
  • contemporary criminological theory
  • criminological ethnography
  • technological developments in criminal justice
  • state crime, human rights, and transitional justice
  • violent crime

This course is suited to both recent graduates of undergraduate criminology degrees and people with social science or humanities undergraduate degrees.

Industry insight to enhance your learning

Through a mixture of field trips and guest speakers, you’ll gain important first-hand insights into how criminal justice agencies function, how criminal justice policy is created, and how modern challenges are being addressed.

Bath’s Criminology expertise

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences has a proven track record of delivering high-ranking courses in criminology. Our BSc Criminology degree has been ranked in the top 3 in UK for three years in a row by The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

This new master’s course builds on our proven record in this subject to further utilise the expertise and knowledge of our teaching staff.

Gain key skills

You will leave the course with:

  • a critical understanding of some of the most pressing, urgent criminological issues and challenges in the 21st century
  • practical skills in research, analysis and communication, and an understanding of how these can be applied within the fields of criminal justice and practice
  • rich experience gained from working with people from a wide range of disciplinary, professional and national backgrounds

Graduate prospects

This course will prepare you for a variety of roles with organisations in the following areas:

  • prison and probation services
  • victim support
  • offender management
  • rehabilitation
  • drug taking and drug policy reform
  • young offenders and youth justice reform

Fees and funding

View available funding opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Taught Postgraduate Admissions
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