The Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology allows you to gain an in depth understanding of the interactions between politics, criminology and criminal justice.
It affords you all the specialist knowledge of the full MA, but does not include the dissertation and so provides a shorter and cheaper alternative.
This course will be of particular interest if you are looking to develop 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.
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.
-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.
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
Teaching and learning
This course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.
The degree is designed to appeal to recent graduates looking to work for local/central government, the criminal justice agencies e.g. as a criminal intelligence analyst within the police; probation, voluntary sector and NGOs, pressure groups and think-tanks -such as The Howard League Reform Trust, as well as for a private sector.
We welcome well-motivated students with at least a `good' Lower Second (2ii), or the overseas equivalent, in first degree that shows consistent performance across course units at the 55% level or greater. We will also consider criminal justice and related practitioners without a first degree but with considerable work experience.
Recipient: University of Manchester
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