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    Full time & Part time available

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    12 months full time, 27 months part time

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    26 April 2017

Course content

The MA Criminology allows you to develop specialist knowledge of the current trends and historical debates surrounding crime causation, crime control and regulation.

This innovative, interdisciplinary course is taught by experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds with real-world experience. You will benefit from research-led teaching as well as strong links to wider criminal justice professions and industry.
Whether you are a recent graduate, or a practitioner or professional already working in the criminal justice field, this course will enable you to gain a critical understanding of contemporary criminological and socio-legal issues and engage with a diverse range of methods used to research them.


Aims of the course:
-Develop students' intellectual, critical and analytic skills in the academic areas of criminology and criminal justice.
-Produce graduates who have a thorough understanding of the key theoretical and political positions and concepts within criminology and criminal justice and the ability to use this knowledge in sophisticated ways in the critical assessment and development of public policy and interventions.
-Provide students with the opportunity to explore, through a range of optional courses, particular areas of study that are either professionally relevant or of academic interest.
-Provide students quantitative and qualitative research method skills in a way that is consistent with the demands of the discipline and the professional market.
-Develop in students an appreciation for interdisciplinary studies as the only way to confront the complexity of our object of study, an interest in the applied dimension of scientific knowledge and the awareness of the ethical implications of the scientific criminological project.
-Enhance students' transferable skills including proficiency in oral and written communication; the capacity for independent learning; the ability to reflect about the ethical and ideological components of their work; and the capacity for working co-operatively with others to produce professional outputs in a timely fashion.
-Develop criminological knowledge and research skills for the writing of a Masters-level dissertation.

Special features

On successful completion of the course, students will have:
-Demonstrated a critical awareness of the functioning and goals of the different institutions and agencies that comprise the criminal justice field in the English criminal justice system, the existing research on what works and the interrelationship between different forms of social control;
-Demonstrated a conceptual grasp of the different theoretical perspectives on crime, deviance and criminal justice, as well as specific areas of criminological research (e.g., interpersonal violence), and the capacity to critically evaluate theoretical developments in these areas;
-Developed an appreciation for the ethical and ideological dimensions of crime control and criminological research and the links between crime control and public policy;
-Recognised the methodological problems involved in the design and conduct of research and will have demonstrated knowledge of the main measurement strategies and data sources relevant to criminology and criminal justice studies;
-Understood the assumptions and practical implications built into criminal justice and criminological positions and how they affect policy formation and research methodologies;
-Demonstrated a critical awareness of research issues and methodologies related to the fields of criminology and/or criminal justice, combined with a knowledge of corresponding skills in undertaking a piece of research commensurate with Masters'-level study.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by an interdisciplinary team using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

Career opportunities

This master's offers you the specialists knowledge attractive for a range of criminal justice careers in areas such as local/central government, criminal justice agencies e.g. as a criminal intelligence analyst within the police, probation services, the voluntary sector and NGOs, pressure groups and think-tanks.

It also allows you to develop skills applicable to jobs in social research, management, third sector services, social work, and teaching.

Visit the Criminology - MA page on the University of Manchester website for more details!





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