Course description The Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology is a shorter, cheaper alternative to the MA in Criminology which consists only of the taught component. It 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. Students who do well in the Postgraduate Diploma will have an opportunity to upgrade to the MA by paying a fee and submitting a dissertation.
Course unit details 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). 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.
SEMESTER ONE: Compulsory units: Advanced Theoretical Criminology (15 credits) Criminal Justice: Research & Policy (15 credits) Research Ethics (15 credits) with a choice of one optional unit: Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis (15 credits) Organising Crime (15 credits) Security: policing and Counter-terrorism (15 credits) SEMESTER TWO: Compulsory units: Comparative Studies in Crime & Criminal Justice (15 credits) Evaluating Policy & Practice (15 credits ) with a choice of two optional units:
We welcome well-motivated students with at least a `good' Lower Second (2ii), or the overseas equivalent, in first degree that shows consistent performance across course units at the 55% level or greater. We will also consider criminal justice and related practitioners without a first degree but with considerable work experience.
PGDip (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £4,333 International students (per annum): £9,666
Recipient: University of Manchester
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