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Full time & Part time September MA One year full-time, two years part-time

About the course

This Criminology Masters course gives you the opportunity to gain a critical and informed understanding of criminology, by exploring the debates at the forefront of the field. There is a particular emphasis upon the practical realities, uncertainties, complexities and solutions available for criminal justice and crime reduction.

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Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above).

Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their Personal Statement.


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Where is Nottingham Trent University

Student Profile(s)

Jordan Cashmore

“I was attracted to the course because I enjoyed my undergraduate criminology degree and wanted to continue studying in this area. I find it fascinating and wanted to specialise. I was familiar with many members of staff at NTU; I found them approachable and knew them to be knowledgeable, which would be valuable when completing postgraduate study.

“In choosing the course, my objective was simply to further specialise in criminology and the social sciences. I wanted to learn more and facilitate my entry into a PhD. The scholarship opportunity was highly influential to my decision to continue studying at NTU. The option to complete this course part time also held appealing benefits as a full time worker.

“I work as a Community Protection Officer. I work within a neighbourhood policing team and with partnership agencies as a visible uniformed presence to prevent and tackle environmental crime and anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance to the community.

“After work (or before, depending on my shift patterns) on most evenings and on Sundays, I work on my academic studies (either working on my MA course or my part time lecturing position). Whilst it is strenuous, I enjoy learning and researching criminology, and I am driven by my determination to progress in the world of academia.

“Having an MA in criminology will give me a greater appreciation and understanding of theories, concepts and viewpoints central to my job, such as partnership, plural policing and broken windows theory - and knowledge is half the battle!

“Criminology (and the social sciences in general) is an exciting and compelling discipline. There are a lot of interesting ideas to be studied, and you’ll come out of the course feeling richer for the experience. There are also plenty of ideas yet to be explored, ready to be brought to the surface and, with the right guidance and tutelage, criminology can dust off the corners of your mind you haven’t thought important to bring forth.

“If you want to study criminology, I cannot recommend NTU enough. The lecturers are highly personable pools of knowledge, with an uncanny commitment to helping you achieve. The course itself is compelling and interesting, with plenty to discover. The university is a magnificent place, with an open, new age, inviting atmosphere, bustling with activity. It’s where keen minds come to learn!"

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