A first or second class honours degree from a British university or equivalent international academic qualifications. It is expected that this would usually be in Criminology or a cognate discipline. Comparable professional qualifications or experience will be considered. However, where more clarity is required you will be asked to undertake a short written assessment.
You will also need to demonstrate your suitability to undertake a practice placement. We advise you to include within your personal statement details of the skills and attributes that you would bring to a criminal justice-related placement and what kind of placement you would be interested in.
Months of entry
By taking our Criminology in Practice MSc, you can combine the theoretical analysis of criminology with a core spine of employability-focused modules. Our modules will cover the key issues in contemporary criminological theory and practice. Further bespoke modules will prepare you to undertake a six-week work-based placement in a criminal justice or related setting. As part of the placement you will develop an appreciation of the interplay between research and practice in Criminology and will conduct a supervised piece of criminological research.
You will gain a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and develop your critical awareness of historical debates, theories and research in criminology. You will also examine the current political, economic and social context of relevant debates on crime and criminal justice practice in the UK and abroad.
The course has been prepared by lecturers who are at the forefront of research in this field. Our selection of option modules allows you to specialise in areas of academic or professional interest including Forensic and Legal Psychology; Crime Prevention and Community Safety; Responding to Terrorism; and the Regulation of Sex Work.
You will learn how to critically appraise research as well as conduct and write up your practice-based research project. You will develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers including the ability to present and develop a coherent argument, communicate information to academic and non-academic audiences, conduct research and solve theoretical and practical problems. The employability-focused modules promote a greater understanding of your own skills and the needs of criminal justice and related agencies in order to enhance your employment prospects.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Criminology
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