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1 Year
September 2024
Campus Taught

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.

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.
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What you'll do

  • You’ll be taught by academic staff who are highly research active. They'll support you in understanding the principles and practice of research, and form judgements on different research tools and methods.
  • Explore criminological perspectives, theories, and academic debates surrounding various areas of criminal justice. At the same time, develop key skills in social research.
  • You’ll have the choice to specialise through a variety of optional modules. Including power, violence and oppression to human trafficking. You'll also develop the capability to manage and disseminate a research project.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • CJ4011: Theory & Methods in Criminology
  • CJ4012: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CJ4017: Dissertation
Optional modules
  • 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

CJ4011: Theory & Methods in Criminology

On this module you'll develop your understanding of methodological topics and theories within criminology. You'll look at the process of undertaking criminological research and how to use this to inform an understanding of current debates in theory and research.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Tim Owen
Reader in Criminology
School of Law and Policing

Dr Tim Owen is a leading, international Criminological Theorist whose unique, 'Genetic-Social, meta-theoretical framework draws upon behavioural genetics, evolutionary psychology ,neuroscience and the philosophy of Heidegger in the task of 'building bridges' between the biologica...

Laura Hughes
Principal Lecturer
School of Law and Policing

Laura teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and modules. She also supervises dissertations at all levels on a range of topics. She has a particular interest in Property Law and Immigration Law. She is a qualified solicitor and is a Senior Fellow of the ...

Future careers

Graduates from the MA in Criminology may go on to professional roles in prisons, probationary services, youth justice, policing, NGOs and voluntary sector organisations such as Woman’s Aid. 

Fees and funding

Full-time£8,400 per year
Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

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