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Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc

Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc

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Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 13 months | 25-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Criminology Criminal Law

Course type


Course Summary

Do you want to work in criminal justice sector? Do you already work in the sector and want to advance 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.


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.


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.


The MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed for anyone working in or wanting to work in any of the many criminal justice professions, such as:

  • prisons
  • probation
  • police
  • national security agencies
  • voluntary organisations

It can also lead onto further research with an MPhil or PhD.


Students studying this module will receive a robust and practical hands-on training in a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and analytical techniques that researchers? studying crime and society use. Topics covered, include broadly quantitative approaches (e.g. surveys and capturing social attitudes and content analysis), and broadly creative qualitative approaches (e.g. including in-depth interviewing, elicitation techniques (including sensory/auditory which are important for prompting memories and story-telling) community and participatory approaches, ethnography and participant observation). Learners will also be taught about secondary sources (e.g. statistics, archive sources and comic books). Student?s understanding of secondary sources will be bolstered by attending an optional course trip to a museum, where learners will have the opportunity to handle archive sources and analyse propaganda posters, thereby performing visual analysis. Special emphasis is also given to sampling and recruitment approaches and ethical issues.

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Entry requirements

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:2 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.