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MA Criminology

Course Description


The MA in Criminology is an innovative, interdisciplinary course focusing on current trends and historical debates surrounding key issues of crime causation, crime control and regulation. This course is particularly targeted to students who are looking to develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. The degree is aimed at recent graduates looking to improve their academic credentials, as well as practitioners and professionals in the criminal justice field who want to update and broaden their knowledge in this area. Compulsory and optional courses allow students to engage with a diverse range of issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates and the methods used to research them.
A prior degree in criminology is not essential but previous study of a social science discipline would be an advantage.
The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.


To meet the requirements of the taught element of the course, all students must take course units totalling 120 credits . This is normally attained with eight 15-credit course units, as listed below, with 60 credits taken each semester. The availability of individual optional course units is subject to change (due, among other factors, to staff availability to deliver the course units in any given year).
In addition, students who pass the taught element of the course and who are permitted to progress to the research element of the course, must also submit a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words worth 60 credits.

Part-time students take four out of the five compulsory course units in the first year, and then take the other one in year two. The remaining 60 credits of optional course units are selected and taken accordingly over the two years. ;


Compulsory units:
Designing Criminological Research (15 credits)
Advanced Theoretical Criminology (15 credits)
Criminal Justice Research and Policy (15 credits)
with a choice of one optional unit:
Prosecution and Pre-Trial Process (15 credits)
Offender Management and Community Reintegration (15 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
Compulsory unit:
Evaluating Policy & Practice (15 credits )
with a choice of three optional units:
Drugs: Markets, Policies and Consumption (15 credits )
Crime Mapping: Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis (15 credits )
International Security and Law (15 credits )
Economic and Financial Crime (15 credits )
Criminology of Mass Violence (15 credits )
Criminal Law and Justice (15 credits )

Students are also required to complete Supervised summer dissertation of 12-15,000 word.

Part-time Masters students undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Most course units are assessed by 3500 word essay or by essay and presentation.

IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

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

Student Profiles

Criminology Masters funding - No. of awards TBC

The School of Law offers a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course. Alumni Loyalty Bursary Scheme
£3,000 reduction on tuition fees for University of Manchester graduates
Available to students who have received a first class honours degree and apply for master's study within three years of graduating
Available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning
Scholarships for postgraduate Criminology students
Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home, £14,500 full time international) for the 2015-16 academic year
Available to applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study the MRes or MA by 30 June 2015, and have a first class honours degree or equivalent

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home,


Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home, £14,500 full time international) for the 2015-16 academic yea

Application Procedure

For further information see the Alumni Loyalty Bursary page
http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/alumni-bursary-scheme/For further information see the Scholarships for postgraduate Criminology students page http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/postgraduate-criminology/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2: 1 or equivalent. A social science subject is advantageous but not necessary.

Course Fees

MA (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500 International students (per annum): £14,500 MA (part-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250

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