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Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

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This course focuses mainly on the application of knowledge to the operation of the criminal justice system, reflecting the policy and practice orientation of members of the staff team.

Entry requirements

You will need to hold either first or upper second class honours in a first degree, or have a minimum of two years relevant and responsible experience.

However, applicants who have a lower second class degree may also be considered and should contact the Programme Director Dr Anthony Charles for more information.

Applicants without a degree will need to show that they are capable of academic work at Master's level. Applicants whose first language is neither English nor Welsh are required to provide evidence of English proficiency. The programme requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and we will only consider a score below this in very exceptional circumstances.

Course modules

Modules typically include: understanding crime; gender, crime and criminal justice; young people and youth justice; the criminal justice system in England and Wales; understanding policing; crime, drugs and alcohol; human trafficking and modern day slavery; sexual abuse and exploitation of children; dissertation.

Assessment methods

The course consists of Part One (120 credits) and Part Two (60 credits). In Part One you study a range of taught modules which are assessed by a written assignment (usually an essay of not more than 4000 words.

Part Two consists of a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. You will produce your dissertation on a criminological topic of your own choice under the guidance of a personal supervisor. You can opt to undertake a 'classic' written dissertation, or an empirically-based study.


Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 7,000 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 3,400 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 4,700 (Year 1) International 3 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 2,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 14,000 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 6,800 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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