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Full time | Plymouth University | 1 year | SEP-23

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1 year

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Build critical in-depth knowledge of 21st century criminological issues in a global and domestic context. Our blended learning approach means students will be provided online learning materials such as podcasts, vodcasts and online discussion forums, offering a flexible approach to learning. This is supplemented by on-campus learning opportunities through personal tutoring, dissertation supervision and tri-annual symposium events attended by world-leading experts and practitioners in the field.

You will engage with real world problems and issues. You will be inspired by renowned external speakers, student presenters and core lectures at our bespoke symposiums. You’ll also participate in contemporary and relevant applied criminological research through our strategic partnerships with regional, national or international criminal justice agencies and rights organisations. You will find career opportunities in a diverse range of settings.

Key features

- Engage with real world problems and issues - the MSc Criminology adopts a problem-based approach to learning.
- Enjoy flexible learning afforded by online delivery of core materials through podcasts, vodcasts and discussion forums.
- Be inspired by renowned criminological researchers and practitioners at our bespoke symposium events.
- Learn from internationally recognised, research-active staff who ensure the programme is at the cutting edge of developments in criminological theory and criminal justice policy and practice.
- Experience criminology’s interdisciplinary approach which draws upon sociology, psychology, politics, international relations, geography, law and many other subjects.
- Participate in contemporary and relevant applied criminological research through our strategic partnerships with regional (police, youth justice, probation), national (Howard League for Penal Reform, Children’s Rights Alliance, Prison Reform Trust) or international (Amnesty International, United Nations High Commission on Human Rights) criminal justice agencies and rights organisations.
- Choose a career in the private, public or third sector – highly transferable skills mean you will find career opportunities in a diverse range of settings.


This module identifies core criminological theories and concepts from an advanced perspective. It allows students the opportunity to develop critical responses to existing criminological theoretical discourses. Students can flexibly and creatively apply theoretical ideas within unfamiliar contexts.

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Entry requirements

You should have a second-class honours degree or equivalent, or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement within the application form that addresses the following questions: Why are you suitable to study at this level and why are you suitable for a blended learning programme? Why do you want to study criminology at Plymouth? What is your specific area of interest? What do you hope to achieve?

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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