Criminology (with optional Professional Placement) MA

Criminology (with optional Professional Placement) MA

School of Law and Social Science


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    MA Criminology: full time 1 year, part time 2 years / MA Criminology (with Professional Placement): full time 2 years, part time 3 years

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    Sept 2019 only

  • Award Type:


  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this programme?

UCLan’s MA Criminology programme offers you a flexible approach to developing your skills and knowledge to enhance your employability in this fascinating and growing area of study. Our course covers a wide range of current issues that are the subject of public and policy concern, both in the domestic UK system or globally. This will allow you develop postgraduate-level analytical and reflective skills and bolster your previous experiences through our comprehensive syllabus. 

There are opportunities to choose from a range of specialised option modules that allow you to customise your learning to your own interests and career aspirations. The modules we offer are informed by cutting-edge research conducted by members of staff who possess expert knowledge of Criminology and Criminal Justice. There will also be an opportunity to gain a stand-alone qualification in the exciting and highly sought-after skill of mediation.

We also offer the opportunity to complete a work placement as an additional year of the programme. This placement can provide a learning experience that develops on your academic ability and newly developed skills and knowledge from the first year of the programme. This allows you to enhance your employability and career aspiration through first-hand experience in the field. 

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.

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with Honours at lower second class or above (in any discipline) or a professional qualification/experience in criminal justice deemed to be degree equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • CJ4011: Theory and Methods in Criminology
  • CJ4012: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

Semester 2

Choice of options from the below:

  • CJ4013: Power, Violence and Oppression
  • CJ4014: International Drug Policy
  • CJ4015: The Politics of Prison and Punishment
  • CJ4016: Cybercrime: An International Context 
  • LA4504: Transnational Regulation of Human Trafficking 
  • LA4608: International Commercial Mediation  

Students on the MA Criminology (with Professional Placement) programme will complete this placement in their second year.

Further Information

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400



Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,350 per year paid over the 2 years of taught classes (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

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). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Professional Accreditation

Students on the MA Criminology/ MA Criminology (with Professional Placement) programme will have the opportunity to complete a mediation module which will lead to accreditation by the Civil Mediation Council (CMC).

Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme will be delivered through classroom sessions, forming small group seminars with intimate learning conditions to maximise interaction between students and staff. Assessments will be conducted through a variety of written and oral assessments.

A range of our experienced academics will be involved in delivering the programme, each of whom possess unique links and research experience that informs your learning:

  • Tara Styles-Lightowlers: Violence Against Women, Qualitative Research Methods, Feminist Theory, The Links Between Gender, Race, Class and Criminalisation
  • Deborah Conroy: Young People and Youth Justice, Drug use in society, The History of the Criminal Justice System
  • Sue Uttley-Evans: Migration, Human Trafficking, Honour based violence and FGM, Diversity and Justice
  • Dave Orr: History of Policing, State Crime and Genocide, Institutionalised Racism, Critical Criminology
  • Laura Kelly-Corless: Prisons and punishment
  • Abigail Stark: Prisons, Comparative Criminology
  • Tim Owen: Bio-social explanations of crime, cybercrime and new technologies
  • Laura Hughes: Property Law, Equity & Trusts, Immigration Law, Professional Ethics


The Professional Placement programme offers the opportunity to work in the UK or overseas to develop practical knowledge and skills.

Graduates from this programme may go on to professional roles in prisons, probationary services, youth justice, policing, NGOs and voluntary sector organisations, or Woman’s Aid.

Graduates from this programme may also be interested into progressing onto study for a PhD in Criminology.