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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Kingston's Criminology MA is taught by a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team. Designed for those with a background in criminology/social science, socio-legal studies or policy studies, we offer two MA programmes: MA in Criminology and MA in Criminology with Forensic Psychology. Both programmes can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. The programmes will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the complex nature of crime, harm and victimisation, together with an appreciation of the role of the criminal justice system in relation to crime control, protection and the delivery of justice. Our courses develop your critical thinking skills whilst also providing you with the tools to undertake rigorous, high quality research. Through a theoretical and applied lens, you will gain a broad knowledge and develop a range of transferable skills sought after by employers in the field.

This course provides in-depth knowledge of contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts. The course will enable you to develop a critical appreciation of the dynamics between criminological theory and criminal justice policy. On completion you will be conversant with the current global trends in the exploration of criminological issues.

Assessment: To enhance your overall skills, we draw upon a range of assessments, including: essays, oral and poster presentations, reports, research proposals and the dissertation. Our degree programmes aim to provide you with a range of skills that will give you a head-start in today's competitive job market. Graduates from this course will be well equipped to develop a variety of careers across policy making, administration and professional practice in criminal justice.

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Full time | Penrhyn Road Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

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This module is designed to stimulate students' engagement with academic research and analysis. Students develop a critical understanding of the rationale, design and implementation of different methodologies used by social scientists for their research. They develop a framework for evaluating social research and conducting their own empirical work. In the first half of the module students gain first hand experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis through instruction and class exercises. In the second half students will apply their knowledge and understanding of research methods to a specific field of enquiry.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum of second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in criminology or a related subject; evidence of relevant certificated or extended non-certificated practice.

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