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MA Criminology

Course Description

This master's degree draws upon the expertise of staff with established reputations in the field. Tutors have a wide range of research interests and they are actively involved with the Nottingham Crime Research Unit and the Centre for the Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes. These specialist units are located within the division and conduct high quality applied criminological and criminal justice research.

The course offers a distinctive theoretical and policy-orientation of criminology. The emphasis on policy is specifically designed to offer a more vocationally relevant programme of Master's level study that will be more pertinent to students seeking a policy-orientated career in the Home Office, government office of the regions, local government and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.

The Criminology team regularly invites renowned experts and professionals to the University to provide an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences. Past speakers have included Superintendent Paul Giannasi, Programme Manager of the Cross-Governmental Hate Crime Strategy and Len Jackson, OBE Interim Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Why choose the MA Criminology?

-Gain a critical and informed analysis of criminology, criminal justice and crime reduction.
-Graduate with an extensive vocationally relevant, and policy-orientated, knowledge of crime and responses to crime, drawing on examples from across the world.
-Develop a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates, and insights that shape the discipline.
-Enhances lifelong learning skills and personal development in a manner that enables graduates to adopt an independent and reflective approach to their learning and to contribute to crime reduction and community safety.


Modules may include:

- Contemporary and Classical Theoretical Explanations of Crime and Criminal Behaviour;
- Current Issues in Social Deviance;
- Contemporary Criminal Justice Practice;
- Comprehensive Research Methods Training;
- Crime, Community and Neighbourhood;
- Offender Management and Crime Reduction;
- Dissertation.

For more information about the modules you may study visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/macriminology

Delivery and Assessment

Assessment includes essays (including reports, reflective reports), policy papers, presentations, case studies and a dissertation. The dissertation will enable you to develop and demonstrate empirical research in your field.

The teaching and learning for the course will involve a mixture of lectures, workshops, enquiry based learning and individual dissertation / project. Your personal tutor will provide both pastoral and academic support throughout your study. This role will switch to their dissertation supervisor during this final module. You will also receive a course handbook.

Your future career

This course is suitable for both those who currently work in the criminal justice field and are looking to enhance their career opportunities and for students seeking employment in criminal justice agencies operating at central, regional and local government levels, such as the Home Office, police forces and local government.

Graduates may go on to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in either the statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors, for example:

- Home Office;
- police forces;
- local government;
- crime and disorder reduction partnerships and their equivalencies throughout the world.

Other graduates may go on to be researchers or academics working in the subject area of criminology in higher education. It will also serve as an effective launching pad for those students wishing to study for a doctorate.


The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time master's courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

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

(Student Profile)

Jordan Cashmore

“I was attracted to the course because I enjoyed my undergraduate criminology degree and wanted to continue studying in this area. I find it fascinating and wanted to specialise. I was familiar with many members of staff at NTU; I found them approachable and knew them to be knowledgeable, which would be valuable when completing postgraduate study.

“In choosing the course, my objective was simply to further specialise in criminology and the social sciences. I wanted to learn more and facilitate my entry into a PhD. The scholarship opportunity was highly influential to my decision to continue studying at NTU. The option to complete this course part time also held appealing benefits as a full time worker.

“I work as a Community Protection Officer. I work within a neighbourhood policing team and with partnership agencies as a visible uniformed presence to prevent and tackle environmental crime and anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance to the community.

“After work (or before, depending on my shift patterns) on most evenings and on Sundays, I work on my academic studies (either working on my MA course or my part time lecturing position). Whilst it is strenuous, I enjoy learning and researching criminology, and I am driven by my determination to progress in the world of academia.

“Having an MA in criminology will give me a greater appreciation and understanding of theories, concepts and viewpoints central to my job, such as partnership, plural policing and broken windows theory - and knowledge is half the battle!

“Criminology (and the social sciences in general) is an exciting and compelling discipline. There are a lot of interesting ideas to be studied, and you’ll come out of the course feeling richer for the experience. There are also plenty of ideas yet to be explored, ready to be brought to the surface and, with the right guidance and tutelage, criminology can dust off the corners of your mind you haven’t thought important to bring forth.

“If you want to study criminology, I cannot recommend NTU enough. The lecturers are highly personable pools of knowledge, with an uncanny commitment to helping you achieve. The course itself is compelling and interesting, with plenty to discover. The university is a magnificent place, with an open, new age, inviting atmosphere, bustling with activity. It’s where keen minds come to learn!"


Masters Scholarship - 8 Awards

For full details of the Scholarship Scheme please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half the tuition fee


The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply please download the application form from our website at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above). For English language requirements please visit View Website

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