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Criminal Justice and Penal Change

This course examines the range of legal, political and social responses across the world to what is widely known as 'the penal crisis'. Blending a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems you'll analyse recent innovations in theory, policy and practice. Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the course will enable you to develop a rational and just response to crime.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in law, one of the social sciences, business or humanities, though other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are judged on their individual merits and entry may be possible with a relevant lower second-class Honours degree, and/or relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience.

Please explain your motivation and suitability in your application.

English language requirements

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Criminal justice and penal decision-making; punishment and processes of penal change; research methods; dissertation research project.

Elective modules: Restorative justice; childhood and crime; surveillance, technology and control; offender supervision and management; homicide.

Please explain your motivation and suitability in your application.

Assessment methods

As well as seminars, students take part in role play exercises, presentations and other forms of learning. Assessment is based on performance in coursework. For those seeking award of the LLM/MSc they need to complete a dissertation.

Fees

Please contact the Law School for part-time course fees.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 8 Months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 12 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 24 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 21 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 9 Months
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 24 Months

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