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University of Leicester, Full Time MSc Degrees in Sociology

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The MSc provides you with an expert grounding in the practice of social research. Upon completion of the course you will have acquired the necessary academic skills to develop, implement and evaluate social research. Read more
The MSc provides you with an expert grounding in the practice of social research. Upon completion of the course you will have acquired the necessary academic skills to develop, implement and evaluate social research.

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Taking a multi and inter-disciplinary approach, this course places particular emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills sought by the broad spectrum of agencies associated with the criminal justice process. Read more
Taking a multi and inter-disciplinary approach, this course places particular emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills sought by the broad spectrum of agencies associated with the criminal justice process. Students gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of crime, criminology and criminal justice through an in-depth examination of the historical, theoretical and applied knowledge in these areas. The programme also examines the current political, economic and social context of relevant debates in the UK and abroad.

The course has been prepared by lecturers who are at the forefront of research in this field. Subject information is updated constantly to keep abreast of this fast-changing subject area, and the very latest teaching techniques are geared to providing an intellectually stimulating, enjoyable and enriching learning experience.

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By taking our Criminology in Practice MSc, you can combine the theoretical analysis of criminology with a core spine of employability-focused modules. Read more
By taking our Criminology in Practice MSc, you can combine the theoretical analysis of criminology with a core spine of employability-focused modules. Our modules will cover the key issues in contemporary criminological theory and practice. Further bespoke modules will prepare you to undertake a six-week work-based placement in a criminal justice or related setting. As part of the placement you will develop an appreciation of the interplay between research and practice in Criminology and will conduct a supervised piece of criminological research.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and develop your critical awareness of historical debates, theories and research in criminology. You will also examine the current political, economic and social context of relevant debates on crime and criminal justice practice in the UK and abroad.

The course has been prepared by lecturers who are at the forefront of research in this field. Our selection of option modules allows you to specialise in areas of academic or professional interest including Forensic and Legal Psychology; Crime Prevention and Community Safety; Responding to Terrorism; and the Regulation of Sex Work.

You will learn how to critically appraise research as well as conduct and write up your practice-based research project. You will develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers including the ability to present and develop a coherent argument, communicate information to academic and non-academic audiences, conduct research and solve theoretical and practical problems. The employability-focused modules promote a greater understanding of your own skills and the needs of criminal justice and related agencies in order to enhance your employment prospects.

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The MSc in Crime, Justice and Psychology provides you with an in-depth understanding of the relationship between psychology, mental disorder, crime and law, enabling you to analyse its implications for the treatment and management of offenders. Read more
The MSc in Crime, Justice and Psychology provides you with an in-depth understanding of the relationship between psychology, mental disorder, crime and law, enabling you to analyse its implications for the treatment and management of offenders.

You will consider the application of psychological theories to the investigation of crime and pursuit of justice, and subsequently to the management and rehabilitation of offenders. You will also critically explore debates regarding mental disorder and responsibility for crime.

The course has been prepared by lecturers who are at the forefront of research in this field. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime and its consequences, both theoretical and applied, with a particular focus on the psychology of offending. You will be able to pursue in-depth study in areas that interest you by choosing option modules such as Psychology of Evil; Power, Crime and Criminal Justice; and Domestic and Sexual Violence.

This degree will develop your capacity for imaginative, rigorous and critical thinking. As well as gaining specific knowledge of the social processes of crime, criminalisation and the criminal justice system, you will strengthen your ability to understand and use different types of evidence. You will develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument, communicate information to academic and non-academic audiences, conduct research and identify solutions to theoretical and research problems.

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This innovative degree stream has been developed in response to the increasing significance of the impact of terrorism in the fields of international security and policing. Read more
This innovative degree stream has been developed in response to the increasing significance of the impact of terrorism in the fields of international security and policing. The programme will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key issues surrounding managing risk and security, policing and terrorism with a focus on global issues and their impact at the local level, particularly in a post ‘9/11’ and ‘7/7’ world.

You will explore the idea of terror as a concept, the history of terrorism and investigate the common myths associated with contemporary terrorism.

You will learn how to critically appraise research as well as conduct and write up you own independent study on a topic of your choice.

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The programme will attend to both theoretical and practical aspects of healthcare quality and patient safety; it will draw on the internationally renowned research of the SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality & Morbidity Studies) research groups as well as other experts at the University of Leicester. Read more

Course Aims

The programme will attend to both theoretical and practical aspects of healthcare quality and patient safety; it will draw on the internationally renowned research of the SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality & Morbidity Studies) research groups as well as other experts at the University of Leicester.

Information on the research groups can be found at:
SAPPHIRE - http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/health-sciences/research/soc-sci
TIMMS - http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/health-sciences/research/timms

The course offers a sound grounding in research methods, practice and theory in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety as well as developing key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.

Course Modules

Current compulsory modules include:
•Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare
•Patient Safety
•Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety
•Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare
•Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

with two research methods modules:
•Quantitative Methods in Applied Health Research
•Qualitative Research in Applied Health esearch

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Taught modules will use a variety of assessment methods, usually including oral presentations, assignments and written tests. Students will also be required to produce a dissertation relating to a healthcare quality and safety theme.

Modules will usually be taught in blocks of two/three days. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor as well as a supervisor for their dissertation.

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