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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Course Summary

This Criminology Masters course gives you the opportunity to gain a critical and informed understanding of criminology, by exploring the debates at the forefront of the field. There is a particular emphasis upon the practical realities, uncertainties, complexities and solutions available for criminal justice and crime reduction. This Masters degree draws upon the expertise of staff with established reputations in the field. Tutors have a wide range of research interests and they are actively involved with the Nottingham Crime Research Unit and the Centre for the Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes, Bias and Prejudice. These specialist units are located within the Department and conduct high quality applied criminological and criminal justice research. The course offers a distinctive theoretical and policy aspect of the subject. On completion of the course you'll graduate with an extensive vocationally relevant and and policy-orientated knowledge of crime and responses to crime, drawing on examples from across the world. You'll also develop a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates, and insights that shape the discipline. The emphasis on policy is specifically designed to offer a more vocationally relevant course of Masters-level study that will be more pertinent if you are seeking a policy-orientated career in the Home Office, government office of the regions, local government and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.

Careers and employability

This course will prepare you to go on to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in either the statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors. Throughout the course you'll enhance your life long learning skills and personal development in a manner that enables you to adopt an independent and reflective approach to your learning and to contribute to crime reduction and community safety. The acquisition of specific criminological knowledge, along with a wide range of transferable skills such as the ability to conduct and evaluate research, will also be invaluable for those seeking employment in the fast-expanding field of policy evaluation. The course will also enhance the career opportunities of those currently working in the field and will be particularly valuable to students seeking employment in criminal justice agencies operating at central, regional and local government levels, for example: Home Office, police forces, local government, crime and disorder reduction partnerships and their equivalences throughout the world.

Different course options

Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

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1 year

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This module provides you with an opportunity to critically reflect on your in-depth knowledge and systematic understanding of criminal justice practice. It focuses on professionals working in the criminal justice sector drawn from the statutory, voluntary and community and private sectors and critically evaluates their respective roles in criminal justice policy and practice. For those of you who are working, or who have worked, in the criminal justice field you can utilise this specialised work experience to make sense of a range of practical issues. If you do not have experience of this type you will still be able to assess the nature of work done in such environments through the use of current examples of criminal justice practice.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above). Students without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their Personal Statement.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. NTU’s teaching was rated Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught...more

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