The MSc Criminal Justice Policy provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology, sociology, law and psychology to the subjects of crime, social order and criminal justice institutions.
It will provide you with the intellectual tools, from theory, empirical research, and policy analysis, to engage with current debates within criminology and criminal justice, such as restorative justice and increasing rates of incarceration. You will also learn to use historical and comparative perspectives to understand current trends. The teaching is provided by internationally renowned criminologists in the Departments of Social Policy, Law and Sociology.
You will consider challenging questions such as: How can we explain the significant crime drop seen in most Western nations in recent decades? What can government or other agencies do to reduce fear of crime? Should people go to prison for punishment or as punishment? Will reduced government spending on the police lead to an increase in crime? How can political economy and cultural analysis account for variations in penal policy across states?
You will also be able to attend the Mannheim Centre for Criminology’s seminar series and events, which are run in association with the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch. These provide an opportunity to hear about scholars’ current research as well as meet informally with speakers, other criminologists, and criminal justice professionals.
On graduation, most students move into careers in the criminal justice professions, academic or policy research in criminology and criminal justice, and policy work in governments or charities.