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1 year
September 2024

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.


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
Laura Hughes
Principal Lecturer

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£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year
Full-time£9,450 per year
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Full-time£17,900 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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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