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Course content

This MSc aims to produce postgraduates able to take on policy challenges in the field of crime, safety and justice. Our problem-orientated learning approach emphasises how to apply subject-specific knowledge to the analysis of, and response to, instances of crime, safety and justice in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors.


The overall aim of this course is to produce graduates capable of ‘problem-solving’ in the fields of crime, safety and justice.

The structure of the scheme is based on the ‘SARA’ mnemonic (Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment) which is familiar in policing and crime prevention practice as well as in the academy and in applied as well as in basic criminological research.

We aim to develop your research skills by providing training in research methods and to maximise your career prospects by providing transferable skills.

Distinctive features

The course is informed by the priorities of the UK College of Policing, as well as dialogue with members of the School of Social Sciences external advisory group, including representatives from the police, local government and other regulatory agencies with an interest in issues of crime and community safety.

The course includes, when possible, guest lectures from analysts concerned with issues of community safety in outside agencies such as the police, local government, commercial security and other relevant organisations.

Learning and assessment

Modules employ a diverse range of teaching including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent guided study. All modules within the programme make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

The programme benefits from being located in an inter-disciplinary environment so that in parts of the course, you will come into contact with staff and students from other subject areas and, in other parts of the course, with staff and students in the same substantive area.

You will be expected to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials as set out in the timetable for MSc students. These sometimes sit outside the regular pattern of university attendance and may include day, evening and weekend study and on occasion may fall outside the standard semester dates. You will also be expected to undertake independent study in preparation for lectures, seminars and assessments.

Career prospects

The general shift from subject-centred to problem-oriented learning reflects, in part, the interests of prospective employers in graduates with the skill set to apply subject specific knowledge about crime, safety and justice to the analysis of, and response to, particular instances of these problems in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors. 

In this regard, it is anticipated that the career prospects for graduates from this programme could include the following:

Job Roles: Crime analysts, security managers, crime prevention partnership co-ordinators, community safety managers, pressure group campaigners, commercial loss prevention officers.

Public Sector: Police, local authorities, environment agencies, food standard agencies, health and safety executive, public health organisations, offender management services.

Commercial Sector: Retail companies (e.g. clothing stores, electronic goods, supermarkets), financial services, commercial security organisations, new media companies including business analytics.

Voluntary Sector: Non-governmental organisations concerned with victim support, the care and resettlement of offenders, restorative justice approaches, offender-victim reparations, diversion from custody, social cohesion and integration.

Visit the Crime, Safety and Justice - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!




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