Taught course

Criminology (with Optional Professional Placement)

University of Central Lancashire · School of Law and Policing

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have relevant experience or qualifications.
A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.
This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB).

Months of entry


Course content

Tackle a wide range of issues that are the subject of public and policy concern, domestically and globally, on our MA in Criminology. You’ll also have the option to gain a stand-alone qualification in the highly sought-after skill of mediation, and to complete a work placement.

Choose from a range of specialised modules, allowing you to tailor your learning to your interests and career aspirations.

The modules we offer are informed by cutting-edge research conducted by members of staff who possess expert knowledge in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The optional year-long work placement develops both your academic ability and the skills and knowledge acquired in your first year of the course. It enhances your employability through first-hand experience in the field.

Why study with us
  • Our flexible and modular study approach allows you to build your own pathway to a relevant qualification.
  • You will be taught by members of staff with broad national and international professional and academic experience. They are all actively engaged in research, which will be incorporated into their teaching and associated learning materials.
  • Classes, consisting of small group seminars, are delivered on one day per week (daytime classes), so study can be combined with work or other commitments.
What you'll do
  • You can choose from any of the module options available on the law programme as long as the course leader deems them appropriate.
  • The Professional Placement programme offers you the opportunity to work in the UK or overseas, developing your practical knowledge and skills.
Learning and assessment

The course is delivered via small group seminars. The intimate learning conditions maximise the interaction between you, your peers and the staff team.

Assessments are conducted through a variety of written and oral methods.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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