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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time; 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    16 October 2018

Course content

This programme has been developed in response to the need of statutory, voluntary and private organisations involved in developing crime reduction strategies. It creates and examines research-based evidence of which strategies work.

Course details

You develop expertise in theory, method and research as well as a broad understanding of the criminal justice system and an in-depth knowledge of current issues in criminology. You explore contemporary crime, victimisation and crime reduction.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules

  • Contemporary Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation
  • Social Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Criminological Theory
  • Policing and Security
  • Social Inequalities
  • Studies in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Victims and Offenders

 Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer-assisted learning, discussions, guided reading, case studies, research exercises and projects, and research using conventional library sources. 

You have up to five hours per week of staff facilitated contact time to enable you to acquire knowledge of the issues relating to criminology and criminal justice as well as research methods. Interactive learning in discussion also takes place, which builds on your lectures. 

Support is provided outside the classroom environment. Virtual and interactive learning environments are also used to provide learning resources and to enable you to discuss the course material with other students and teaching staff outside the classroom. 

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment includes seminar exercises and group oral presentations, whereas summative assessment ranges from essays and case studies to structured project and knowledge checks based upon preparatory readings.


Opportunities exist in the criminal justice system (including the police, prison, probation and youth offending services). This programme is also ideal if you're interested in working (or already work) in social services and related voluntary agencies. Some of our MSc students continue to doctoral studies and/or work at colleges and universities.

Visit the Criminology MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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