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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

Explore an exciting blend of criminology and criminal justice subjects and address key contemporary questions and debates. By studying criminological theory and policy you’ll see how conceptual frameworks can be applied to thinking about crime and society.

Our MA is underpinned by our research expertise. You’ll be taught by experts who shape the field of criminology and criminal justice studies.

Our criminology research has focused on topics such as:

  • sexual violence
  • capital punishment
  • restorative justice
  • cultural criminology
  • existential criminology.

Our course also draws on expertise from the Sussex Law School, which will enable you to develop an interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll study in a lively intellectual environment, giving you the advantage of a wide-ranging knowledge set.


You’ll 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 | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In this module, you study and carry out a critical analysis of major criminological theories. You discuss the predominant research methodologies in criminology and explore and identify the links between theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches.

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

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.