The MSc in Criminal Justice Policy provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology, sociology, law and psychology to the subject of crime and the major criminal justice institutions. The programme will provide students with the intellectual tools, from theory, empirical research, and policy analysis, to engage with current debates within criminology and criminal justice.
It asks 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 take a compulsory course in Criminal Justice Policy, which provides a detailed and critical introduction to the study of criminal justice institutions, practices and participants, along with optional courses to the value of two full units. You will also be required to complete a 10,000 word dissertation.
On graduation, most students move into careers in the criminal justice professions, academic or policy research in criminology and criminal justice, and into policy work in governments or charities.
I am a solicitor, and was drawn to the MSc Criminal Justice Policy by the wide range of subjects available within the programme. The options are drawn from courses offered by the Social Policy, Sociology and Law Departments, and it has been good to be able to tailor the programme to my interests and needs.
As a part time mature student with a family, it was also important to me to pursue a programme close to home. LSE's reputation and the suitability of the MSc Criminal Justice Policy to what I wanted made it a clear choice. It isn't always easy to make the most of everything LSE has to offer when balancing my master's degree with my work and family - I only wish I had more spare time! So far I have made it to three or four public lectures, but there are always so many fascinating events on offer I have been properly spoilt for choice, and could easily have been every week.
More than 60 years have passed since the second world war ended. Welfare states have been changing from their original shape, because plenty of factors have forced change, such as low fertility rates, increased longevity, and increasing numbers of female workers. It is interesting to me to try to understand such changes, as well as efforts to improve the original styles of welfare states. Social policy is very closely linked to our daily lives, so the public is interested in the individual policies provided and implemented by their governments, such as pensions, health and employment.
I came to LSE partly so that I could study and live in London, one of the largest and most attractive cities in the world, and also because I wanted to study European historical and cultural backgrounds as well as social policy itself. Besides, as Japan has been so much influenced by the UK (politics, social policy, etc), I wanted to know what the United Kingdom is like as a country.
LSE has many benefits to the people who come here – the diversity of students, a massive library, being in the centre of London and the kindness of staff and teachers. I enjoy the atmosphere here, which gives us freedom to do in our own way what we want to do. I have particularly benefited from the language centre programmes, which cover from how to pronounce English words to how to write a dissertation - especially helpful to us non-native English speakers. After I graduate, I am going back to my office, the House of Representatives of Japan, and will continue to support the members of the House.
Firoz and Najma Lalji Foundation Scholar
The origin of my interest in studying in a developed country, particularly at LSE, happened during my undergraduate studies back at home in Uganda. The relatively backward education concepts and teaching methodologies have made it inevitable that Ugandan education as a whole remains out of pace with international educational development – we were taught to be job seekers but not creators. The reason why I applied for graduate study at LSE was that it is a university with a time-honoured history and academic reputation in the world.
It is as a result of the impact of my scholarship that I want to become a development activist in Uganda immediately after my programme, mostly geared to helping vulnerable children fulfil their dreams of life.
2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science or law, or in another field with relevant practitioner experience; English standard level.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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