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Criminology and Criminal Justice MA

Criminology and Criminal Justice MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Criminology Criminal Law Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course explores an exciting blend of criminology and criminal justice subjects – covering both theory and policy – and address key contemporary questions and debates. Our MA is underpinned by our research expertise. You will be taught by experts in a wide range of theoretical and methodological areas. Our criminology research has focused on topics such as sexual violence, hate crime, sex work, women who kill terrorism, policing, capital punishment, retributive justice, cultural criminology and existential criminology. Our course also draws on expertise from the Sussex Law School, which will enable you to develop an interdisciplinary perspective.

You will gain practical abilities as well as critical and problem-solving skills valued in contemporary job markets. You will be able to apply your analytical skills to a range of careers in the criminal justice system as well as the public, private and voluntary sectors. The MA can also provide a strong foundation for further academic study or a career in research.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Students on the MA Criminology will design and conduct a research project in the area of criminology. You will be assigned a dedicated dissertation supervisor who will help to guide you from inception to delivery of the dissertation. The dissertation topic will be discussed and agreed upon by your supervisor. During the dissertation, you will be encouraged to critically employ qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to address some relevant theoretical or empirical questions/issues within the field of criminology.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in law or a relevant subject such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.