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Criminology MSc

Course Description

This course allows you to develop an advanced knowledge of crime and offenders, as well as to assess contemporary trends and concepts in criminal justice policy and community safety.

About the course

It will incorporate approaches to crime control within the community and penal institutions. You will also gain the methodological and analytic skills required to conduct research within the field of crime and criminal justice; this level of knowledge and skill can prepare you for doctoral study or research posts within the criminal justice arena, or can consolidate your professional experience. To find out more about criminology within the faculty please visit our pages.

The Programme leader for this course is Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon. She can be emailed on

To find out more about criminology within the faculty please visit our pages.

Faculty of Social and Humanities

Visit the criminology subject hub for news and events and staff profiles


You are assessed via essays, projects, examinations and a dissertation between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length. The dissertation forms a key element of the MSc. It allows you to pursue in depth a topic of your choosing and is to be completed over the summer study period.

Modular structure

The course consists of four core modules, and a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Core modules:

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Crime Control and Community Safety
Criminological Research Methods
Crime and Offender Patterns
Students also select one 'designate' module per semester, and these include (subject to availability):

Community Development
Sexual Violence: causes, consequences, and interventions
Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
Intelligence Analysis
Urban Patterns and Spatial Analysis

After the course

The aim of the course is to prepare you for employment or further study in the criminal justice sector.

The curriculum will equip you for a range of careers in the criminal justice system and related professions, all with excellent recruitment prospects. Key career paths include the Metropolitan Police Service, Probation Service, Foreign Office, Prison Service, youth offending and community safety departments, as well as academic or government research posts.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Criminology MSc page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ryan Conway

3067.jpg Ryan, what attracted you to the study of criminology?

I was fascinated by the whole field of crime and wanted to learn more about the reasons and methods behind criminal acts, the role of various criminal justice agencies and the political aspect behind the management of crime. I also wanted a career in a field where I could make a genuine difference to people’s lives and society in general, and I felt criminology
could offer me that career.

Why did you choose to study at London Met?

I had informal chats and email communication with London Met and other universities regarding their criminology courses. In the end, I was more impressed with what London Met had to offer me both in terms of course content and delivery, and price. I felt London Met fitted me best…and I have absolutely no regrets about my choice.

You now work at the CPS, what does your job involve?

I provide office assistance in the preparation and presentation of complex cases within the Proceeds of Crime Service. This involves
dealing with correspondence and more complex casework enquiries, and occasionally attending court. I frequently liaise with the police and other organisations, both nationally and internationally, within the criminal justice system to help progress cases and offer assistance when necessary.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy the excitement and responsibility that comes with casework. My cases are interesting and varied and it gives me a great sense of pride that I am involved in a role that plays an active part in the management and, to a lesser extent,
punishment of criminal activity.

It can be quite expensive to study at postgraduate level. How did you manage to fund your course?

I was working full-time for the duration of my degree so I studied part-time for two years and paid in instalments for the modules I was enrolled on. It was quite manageable that way.

Were your lecturers knowledgeable in their field?

I think this was the real strength of the course and the aspect I look back on with the most fondness. The University has a terrific core group of criminology lecturers who both excite and motivate students, and the guest lecturers offer insights and documentary evidence of crimes and offenders that you won’t find in the papers or on television.


GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Gold) - Single Award

This partial scholarship will award one outstanding applicant £10,000 to cover his/her tuition fee. The remaining tuition fee as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the student.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in September 2016.
2. Have over 75% in a bachelor’s degree from a good university in India and 75% or above in X and XII (consistent academic grades).
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19 August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline. Applications are also welcomed from those who have experience in criminal justice, or with relevant professional qualifications. In some circumstances applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be permitted to enrol on the MSc, at the discretion of the course leader.Applications are welcomed from overseas students. The course will be taught in English, and for those applicants whose native language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language will be required.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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