Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 Honours degree in a related subject from a recognised higher education institution.

Months of entry


Course content

Criminal offending and the state’s response to it are constantly evolving, and this course explores the latest ideas, thinking and research into the subject. Benefiting from the practice and practical knowledge of highly experienced tutors and lecturers, you will reflect critically on the latest theories and the many explanations used to explain why crime occurs. The School’s expertise is deep and wide-ranging, and covers youth crime and justice; substance abuse; gang-related crime; corporate crime; and forensic mental health. You will be taught by leading researchers from the Institute of Applied Social Research, whose work on sexual exploitation, trafficking and disability is internationally renowned and sits at the interface between research, knowledge, policy and practice.

Key features

  • Study the social, political and cultural contexts that inform criminology, and develop a critical in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject
  • Apply advanced criminological knowledge and understanding of criminal justice, crime and offending in a variety of settings

Career opportunities

Typical career paths include: criminal justice; local and central government; charity organisations; or research posts in the private and public sectors. Some students may take up further study at Professional Doctorate or PhD level.

Areas of study may include:

  • Evidence based policing: targeting, testing and tracking
  • Corporate crime and corporate criminals
  • Forensic mental health
  • Offenders and offending: the experience of end-to-end management
  • Theories and perspectives of crime and criminal justice

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0300 3300 073