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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full time, 27 months part time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    11 December 2018

Course content

Course overview

  • You want to develop your intellectual, critical and analytic skills in the academic areas of criminology and criminal justice
  • You are interested in the interactions between politics, criminology and criminal justice and the impact of public policy in these areas
  • You are looking for a high level course to prepare you for a wide range of career paths

Open days

Open days for the academic year 2019/20 will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018, click herefor further information.

The 2018 Law Fair in Manchester will be held Tuesday 13 November 2018, 12.30pm - 4.00pm at Manchester Central, Manchester M2 3GX. Click here for more information

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750 
  • International students (per annum): £9,250

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused.

Entry requirements

English language

Applicants who are not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:

  • IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
  • TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
  • Cambridge Proficiency / Advanced: minimum 185 Overall, with 185 in writing and 180 in all other sub categories;
  • Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories. 

The School will also refer applicants who meet the necessary entry requirements to the University's pre-sessional English language courses . The entry requirements for these language courses are:

  • 6 week course (PS6) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories;
  • 10 week course (PS10) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories.

Booking deadlines apply.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • One academic references on letter headed paper.

We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referee knows how to provide your reference to us. The reference must be submitted on official headed paper or from an official organisational email address, it can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to

  • Transcripts of your studies to date, officially translated into English
  • Degree certificate
  • If you are not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI we will also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application.

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 15 June for International applicants, and 15 August for Home/EU applicants.

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.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by 3500 word essay or by essay and presentation.

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of a dissertation.

Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study. The availability of individual optional course units is subject to change (due, among other factors, to staff availability to deliver the course units in any given year).

The course has a compulsory research component, in which you must write a 12,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree programme will total 120 credits and the research element of the degree programme will total 60 credits i.e. you will study 180 credits for a master's programme. Your dissertation must be within the area of one of the units you have chosen.

Exit awards

Students who fail to fulfil the requirements to pass the 180 credits necessary to attain the final degree of MA can leave the course with the award of Postgraduate Diploma by passing 120 credits at the pass mark of 40%, or can qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate by passing 60 credits at the pass mark of 40%. 

Scholarships and bursaries

Information on funding opportunities for 2019 entry will be published on the website in early 2019

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

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