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1 Year
September 2022
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, 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.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

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


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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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. 

Graduates enter careers in a variety of industries and the MA in Criminology and optional placement provides an understanding of issues relevant to these areas.   

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Sandwich year£2000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Justice located in the Faculty of Business and Justice

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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