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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Criminology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This programme aims to provide a post-graduate programme in criminology of the highest standard with teaching that is informed by internationally recognised research and scholarship; give you a comprehensive overview and understanding of contemporary debates in criminology and criminal justice including those around diversity and inequality; involve you in a critical analysis of crime and punishment in relation to developments in social theory, sociology and social policy; provide an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions; focus on the relevance of social science for the analysis and assessment of crime and criminal justice policy; provide you with an advanced understanding of the ways in which quantitative and qualitative research methodologies may be used to study crime and criminal justice; give you a critical awareness of the political and populist influences on criminal justice policy; enable you to understand the emergence of social problems (including crime) and the responses of welfare and criminal justice institutions, including analysis of the theoretical, political and economic underpinnings of these responses; build on the University’s close European ties by providing the potential for students to participate in the European Common Study programme in Criminology.

We ensure that you develop the skills and competences that employers are looking for including: research and analysis; policy development and interpretation; independent thought; writing and presentation as well as time management and leadership skills. You also become fully involved in the professional research culture of the School. A postgraduate degree in the area of Criminology is a particularly valuable qualification that can lead to many exciting opportunities and professions. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers across the criminal justice system, encompassing areas such as counter-terrorism, advocacy, probation, social policy and research. Our graduates have found positions in organisations such as the Civil Service, the Ministry of Justice, various police services and the Probation Service.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

In the late modern period we are presented with an extraordinary wealth of criminological theory. Past and present paradigms proliferate and prosper. This course examines these theories, placing them in the context of the massive social transformations that have taken place in the last thirty years. It is not concerned so much with abstract theory as criminological ideas, which arise in particular contexts. It aims, therefore, to situate theories in contemporary debates and controversies and allows students to fully utilize theoretical insights in their criminological work. In particular we will introduce the current debates surrounding cultural criminology, the debate over quantitative methods and the emergence of a critical criminology.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree in criminology, sociology, social policy, law or other related social science discipline, or substantial experience in social or political research or a relevant profession. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.