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Criminology MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Criminology MA

Designed for those with a background in social science, sociolegal studies or policy studies, this course will develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary to enhance your employability in the field of criminal justice practice, policy formation and advocacy. There are opportunities to undertake placements, internships and prison visits. You will be taught by staff with hands-on professional experience, and will have a personal tutor with whom you will work to develop your academic potential and plan your future career strategies.

This course provides in-depth knowledge of contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts.

The course will enable you to develop a critical appreciation of the dynamics between criminological theory and criminal justice policymaking. On completion you will be conversant with the current global trends in the exploration of criminological issues.

Due to its location, Kingston University is well placed to allow numerous opportunities to see, at first hand, the criminal justice system in operation in the extensive London network of courts, custodial institutions and community-based crime-reduction programmes.

What will you study?

You will explore globalised penal policy, research methods including evaluation studies, comparative criminal justice policy and practice, criminal justice institutions and organisations, and international perspectives on policing and crime control. You will also be able to choose electives (option modules) from a range of subjects, including women and violent crime, cybercrime, criminal justice policy and youth justice.


Essays, case study and research reports, short exercise portfolios, examinations, poster presentations, briefing papers and media releases, policy papers, extended projects and a dissertation.

Extended field work

The extensive network of courts, custodial institutions and community-based crime-reduction programmes in London means that we are well placed to provide numerous opportunities to see the criminal justice system in operation.

Course Structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Example modules

Criminology Dissertation
International Perspectives on Crime Control and Punishment
Research Methods and Applications

Option modules

Criminological Psychology
Influencing Crime and Justice Policy
Sociolegal Studies
Special Study: Cybercrime and Society
War and Society.

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

Criminology at Kingston provides an in-depth knowledge of contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts.

You develop your own specialist interests through a range of elective modules based on supervised independent work.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management; and
co-operation and teamwork.

This course is available on both a full-time basis and a part-time basis to help you fit your studies around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Criminology MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in criminology or a related subject. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall.

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