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Criminology and Law MA

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Full time | Bangor University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Law Criminology

Course type


Course Summary

About This Course

The MA Criminology and Law, which is run by Bangor School of Social Sciences and Bangor Law School, will provide students with postgraduate level knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary area of criminology and law. It builds on criminological and legal skills and knowledge so as to provide specialist training in criminological, criminal justice and legal research. The programme enables students to develop an international perspective on crime, justice and law through national and cross-national approaches and case studies of other societies, and/or ‘cutting edge’ issues in contemporary criminology and law. Students will also acquire a wide range of transferable skills.


Graduates will be sought after by law-enforcement agencies such as the police. Other employment opportunities include public administration: e.g. crime prevention units, offender management, general administration, and international institutions. Political associations and NGOs are also possible employers. Graduates may take up work for members of parliaments, for lobby groups related to the criminal justice system and to issues of social justice and law broadly conceived. Jobs are also available in research at universities and other research institutions. Of course, students may progress into further postgraduate study leading to a PhD.


This module aims to provide specialist training in criminology and criminal justice and deals mainly with topics not covered in the modules SXY4010 Transnational Crime and SXY400 Comparative and International Criminal Justice. This may include crimes that are relevant especially for the UK and Wales, e.g. rural crime and policing, Modern Slavery, driving offences, but also lessons that can be learnt from crime and the responses to it in other jurisdictions, e.g. how police corruption is dealt with and how lay participation in the administration of justice is organized. The module introduces selected contemporary theories of and emerging perspectives on crime and the responses to crime by the public, the media, political institutions, police and the courts. Concepts that will be explored include status recognition, imprudent behaviour and risk, procedural justice, and anomie. The module is taught over one semester and draws upon generic socio-legal research skills and knowledge and applies them to the selected topics. The choice of topics will take into account the interests of staff and students.

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Entry requirements

We accept applications from graduates of Criminology and Criminal Justice, of LLB (Single and Joint Honours) and related subjects such as Politics, and the Social Sciences. Normally, we require a 2(ii) undergraduate degree. An upper second class (or equivalent) is desirable, but applications from candidates with a lower second class degree and professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience will also be considered. In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits. Work experience and other factors are also taken into consideration. We have many years’ experience of making offers of entry based on qualifications awarded worldwide and we welcome applications from international students. Entry will require a qualification deemed to be equivalent in level to the UK bachelor degree.

University information

Located on the beautiful North Wales coast between the mountains and the sea, Bangor University has a rich academic history and delivers a superb student experience, making it a unique higher education institution in the UK. A welcoming academic community with around 10,000 students, Bangor University has a renowned reputation for excellent student support, offering a diverse range of courses spanning subject areas within the arts and...more