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Criminology and Criminal Justice

MSc

Flexible course design

Delivered one day a week to make allowance for working commitments

Get connected

Take advantage of academics active industry connections

Research-focused

Develop a professional research project based on current legislation

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Do you want to work in criminal justice sector? Do you already work in the sector and want to forward your career? Do you want to further your education and follow your passion for criminology? Whatever the reason, our Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc is for you.

Our MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice has been designed for both graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of the debates surrounding crime and the criminal justice system. It offers an exciting opportunity to study both theoretical criminology and the more applied aspects of criminal justice.

We provide an engaging and flexible educational experience to a diverse range of students by utilising a wide range of learning and teaching methods and technologies. The course is highly participative; while teaching and learning sessions will provide periods of structured teaching, they will also provide a forum within which you will take responsibility for your own learning and share your knowledge and views with other students and staff.

Throughout the course, there is a focus on research and we will help you develop the capability to design, manage and disseminate a research project to a professional standard.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

Part-time study

You can study this course full-time over 1 year or part-time over 3 years.

Part-time study

You can study this course full-time over 1 year or part-time over 3 years.

Course content

During the course, you'll develop an understanding of the organising categories and central claims of a range of modern criminological perspectives of crime and social control. Not only this, you'll gain a thorough grounding in the criminological understanding of criminal justice/penal institutions and processes.

During the later stages of the course, you'll learn the challenges and the opportunities that different methods of data collection have for validity and reliability of data. You'll also use your experience of working (or volunteering) in a criminal justice role to inform your study and consider your own personal skills, values and attributes.

To finish the course you'll create a research project, which will take the form of a 20,000 dissertation, this will relate to a key question, issue and problem within Criminology and/or Criminal Justice be supervised by an expert member of our academic staff.

On the successful completion of each level of study (PgCert, PgDip, MA) you will have the option to either progress to the next level of study or leave the programme with the qualification that reflects the total amount of credits successfully completed. Available qualifications are as follows:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice (120 credits)
  • MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (180 credits)

During the course, you'll develop an understanding of the organising categories and central claims of a range of modern criminological perspectives of crime and social control. Not only this, you'll gain a thorough grounding in the criminological understanding of criminal justice/penal institutions and processes.

During the later stages of the course, you'll learn the challenges and the opportunities that different methods of data collection have for validity and reliability of data. You'll also use your experience of working (or volunteering) in a criminal justice role to inform your study and consider your own personal skills, values and attributes.

To finish the course you'll create a research project, which will take the form of a 20,000 dissertation, this will relate to a key question, issue and problem within Criminology and/or Criminal Justice be supervised by an expert member of our academic staff.

On the successful completion of each level of study (PgCert, PgDip, MA) you will have the option to either progress to the next level of study or leave the programme with the qualification that reflects the total amount of credits successfully completed. Available qualifications are as follows:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice (120 credits)
  • MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (180 credits)

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Criminological Theory 30 credits
Contemporary Issues In Criminology And Criminal Justice 30 credits
Postgraduate Dissertation 60 credits
Researching Crime And Society: Research Design And Data Collection 30 credits
Working In Criminal Justice 30 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:1 from a recognised university or body.   

If you have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Law, Criminal Justice, Forensic Investigation, or a related discipline you will be eligible to apply for this course. 

A 2:2 degree, or professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:1 from a recognised university or body.   

If you have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Law, Criminal Justice, Forensic Investigation, or a related discipline you will be eligible to apply for this course. 

A 2:2 degree, or professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Facilities

Careers

On completion of the Terrorism, Crime and Global Security MA, you’ll be equipped to work in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Crime prevention
  • Counter terrorism
  • Community support
  • Intelligence
  • Military
  • Policing
  • Policy 

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice is taught by an interdisciplinary team of research-active and experienced lecturers using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

The MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice is taught by an interdisciplinary team of research-active and experienced lecturers using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

Assessment

On the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, you will be assessed through a range of coursework, including writing a short journal article, producing a podcast or delivering a presentation, writing a work placement report, producing a dissertation research proposal and finally producing a Masters research dissertation. There are no traditional examinations as we believe Masters level work is best assessed through more expressive and creative assessments that have real-life application.

On the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, you will be assessed through a range of coursework, including writing a short journal article, producing a podcast or delivering a presentation, writing a work placement report, producing a dissertation research proposal and finally producing a Masters research dissertation. There are no traditional examinations as we believe Masters level work is best assessed through more expressive and creative assessments that have real-life application.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to improve. Formal feedback will be given for each assessment you submit but you will also receive formative feedback throughout the course.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to improve. Formal feedback will be given for each assessment you submit but you will also receive formative feedback throughout the course.

Staff

You will be taught be dedicated and research active lecturers, whose expertise and knowledge closely match the content of the course. Each of our team has a PhD, or is working towards one, and all are members of the Higher Education Authority. Each of our team has extensive contacts within the Criminal Justice System and/or local community partnerships.

Dr Jo Turner
Dr Jo Turner Course Leader – Criminology

I joined Staffordshire University in 2017 as senior lecturer and undergraduate course leader for Criminology and Sociology having been senior lecturer and programme leader for Criminology at the University of Chester between 2012 and 2017.

I teach Advanced Criminal Theory in the Criminology Masters. I also teach on the Transnational Organised Crime Masters and supervise the dissertation for this course and the Terrorism Masters. 

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Dr Em Temple-Malt
Dr Em Temple-MaltCourse Leader – PG Sociology

I am the course leader for Terrorism, Crime and Global Security, Transnational Organised Crime and for Sociology and Social Justice Masters Degrees.

 

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£7,620 per course
International (Non-EU)
£12,750 per course

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£3,803. per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Full-time
16 September 2019

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