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Full time & Part time September MA 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time

About the course

Criminology has a long and distinguished tradition at Kent with its research base in the Crime, Culture and Control Cluster.


The MA was founded by the world-famous criminologist, the late Professor Jock Young. You are lectured, supervised and tutored by a team of scholars and researchers internationally renowned for their world-class teaching and publications.

Criminology is an important part of the activities of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR), which is one of the four top institutions of its kind in the UK. In 2012, we were awarded the first National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology by the British Criminology Society in recognition of our innovative approach.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in criminology, sociology, social policy, law or other related social science discipline, or substantial experience in social or political research or a relevant profession.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances.

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Student Profile(s)

Ryan Steeson

Why did you choose Kent?
"I did my undergraduate degree here, so I was very familiar with the University. Originally, I chose Kent because I liked the campus, the course looked interesting and the rankings were good."

Is postgraduate study very different to undergraduate?
"I think there is a big change; more is expected of you at Master’s level and you have to do a lot of independent research and develop your own understanding of the topics. I have enjoyed writing the essays, even though they have been more difficult. A lot of the lecturers I have now I was taught by as an undergraduate but I think as a postgraduate you get to know your lecturers better and engage with them more."

Is there a good level of support in the School?
"The level of support is excellent; you can email the professors at any time and they will put time aside to meet you. Also, the library is fantastic and the number of online journals you can access because you are a Kent student is great."

Which module has particularly appealed to you?
I found a module called Drugs, Culture and Control very interesting. It covered everything from the perspective of individual drug users to the wider debate on the war on drugs. It inspired me to delve deeper into these issues and my dissertation have grown out of that.

Describe your fellow students?
"Everybody is very focused. There is a good mix of nationalities and ages and our discussions are lively and enlightening. It is quite an intense year of study but there is still time to socialise."

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