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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 | SEP

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Full time


13 months

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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.


This module provides an opportunity to undertake an original piece of research under the supervision of an experienced member of the sociology/criminology team. Independently, students will investigate a contemporary research problem which relates to a key issue or problem encountered on their specific MA course which could be related to their profession or their particular organisation, or an organisation they would like to work within when they finish their studies. Students will receive guidance to support their search for and develop a coherent review of the relevant research literature that supports the justification of researching a specific area of enquiry and formulate a research question.With their chosen supervisor, students will write a research proposal that captures the key take home messages from their review of the literature that justifies their investigation. It will also include a justification for the choice of methods employed to carry out the investigation and how this technique will generate data that answers the project research question. Alongside this research proposal, students will submit an ethics form to the ethics committee.Students will meet their supervisor regularly (face to face or virtually) to discuss the progress of their dissertation. The supervisor will provide feedback on key pieces of draft dissertation chapters at set stages in the process. Students will produce a logical discussion that features clear themes/patterns in the data and clearly communicated set of conclusions in the form of a 15,000 word dissertation.

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Entry requirements

Students 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. If students do not have the required qualification but have professional experience, we would encourage you to apply as we consider all applications on their individual merit. Similarly, if you are unsure whether your degree would be appropriate, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to assist you.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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