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Masters degrees in Criminology study the causes and effects of crime, along with how criminal behaviour might be prevented. Courses typically examine crime from sociological and legal perspectives, combining theoretical and practical approaches.
Most Criminology Masters are MAs, but some institutions offer them as an MSc. Closely related postgraduate specialisms include Criminal Justice, Criminological Anthropology and Criminal Law.
Criminology tackles some of the biggest problems facing our society, working on ways to prevent or alleviate issues as diverse as extremism, human trafficking, child abuse and social exclusion.
Another important part of many Criminology programmes is the study of victims and the effect that crime has on them (sometimes referred to as Victimology). Rather than focusing on the criminal offender, this approach concentrates on victims and their position in society, offering another dimension to the analysis of crime and its consequences.
There are plenty of employment opportunities for Criminology postgraduates. The two most obvious destinations are probably the prison service and the police, but these aren’t the only possibilities. For example, you could work for a human rights organisation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or a charity, to give a few examples.
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The programme offers students the opportunity to study criminology at an advanced level. The MA encompasses in-depth investigation of major theoretical and substantive issues in contemporary criminology from a critical perspective and within an international context. Read more
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This MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology online masters degree is designed to equip graduates with a thorough understanding of cutting-edge and important topics within criminology and criminal psychology. Read more
Crime, its causes, and how we should deal with it, are never far from the headlines, and expertise in this area is increasingly valued by employers in government and other sectors. Read more
This online Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology is an advanced qualification that is designed to equip graduates with a thorough understanding of cutting-edge and important topics within criminology and criminal psychology. Read more
This course is designed for all those who want to acquire a thorough understanding of the more recent and often complex trends and developments in crime, criminal justice, and governance more broadly. Read more
This degree combines core modules in criminology and forensic psychology with optional modules on topics including drugs, trans-national crime and conflict, policing, terrorism and the major institutions of criminal justice. Read more
The MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology degree is designed for people working or seeking to work in the area of crime and criminal justice. Read more