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Crime, Violence and Prevention MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Conflict Management (Business) Crime Prevention

Course type


Course Summary

Why study this course?

Our Crime, Violence and Prevention MSc degree will appeal to practitioners and students interested in a range of professions including policing, probation, prison service work, social work and many new areas in third and private sector security, and outsourced support for offenders, vulnerable adults and young people. Whether your interests lie in domestic violence, terrorism, dangerous offenders or child protection, you'll explore applied and theoretical critical approaches to public protection and other aspects of risk that will transform your professional practice and enhance your employability.

More about this course

The master's course encourages you to look critically at public protection, a key practitioner concept for professionals working in socially responsible professions. There is a special emphasis on gaining a sound grasp of the relevant academic literature, including substantial use of key scholarly journals in the field of criminology and criminal justice. There is also a focus on how theory relates to and enhances good practice.

Those already engaged in a related occupation will benefit from the course as it provides the academic context to understand and evaluate the complexity of, and reciprocity between, varied agencies, departments and policies related to crime, criminology and criminal justice.

Modules draw on the research expertise of staff and you'll be able to build networks with students and staff on the course and via the London Practitioner Forum to enable and assist further research.

Including critical approaches to the understanding of risk within hard-to-reach groups and incorporating issues of diversity, the programme draws upon the University's established Criminology MSc degree and utilises the existing module provision. There are opportunities to specialise in areas of your interest when choosing the two optional designates. Modules range from Terrorism/Counter Terrorism, Domestic Violence, Critical Issues in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Crime and other more specialist research modules.


You'll be assessed through essays, examinations (seen), practical research methodology assignments, an extended thesis (12,000-15,000 words) and various formative presentations.

After the course

Criminology itself is an increasingly strong and prevalent academic discipline. The analytical and research skills acquired on the MSc are transferable to other jobs and areas of expertise. The course will help prepare you for employment in the criminal justice sector including the police, probation, prison, youth offending and community safety departments, and academic or government research posts.

Previous students have joined the police service either as police officers or civil investigation officers, embarked upon training to equip them to join the probation service or have become social workers working with young offenders.

Other students have joined the voluntary sector working in residential or drugs and alcohol units. Many have also entered research jobs within the public or private sector or have progressed on to PhD studies.

Different course options

Full time | Holloway | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module enables students to investigate in depth a topic within the field of criminology and
criminal justice. Students can select their own research area, but this is subject to authorization of
the course leader. The dissertation must include independent and original empirical research. Students will be required to submit a formal dissertation plan by the beginning of the Spring
semester. Once this has been approved, students will be allocated a dissertation tutor, and for the
remainder of the module, supervision of the dissertation will be conducted on an individual basis. It is expected that pertinent knowledge and skills gained in other course modules will be reflected
in the dissertation.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You will be required to have: a relevant first degree (eg criminology, social or behavioural sciences), specific experience related to crime and the Criminal Justice System (such as police or probation work) or relevant professional qualifications.

University information

Whether you’re looking to change career direction, improve your job prospects or simply pursue a passion, London Met is an excellent choice for postgraduate study. The University’s graduates are working for organisations including the Bank of England, Google, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the United Nations. London Met is particularly focused on work-related learning and ensuring its students have the knowledge and skills needed for a...more

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