This programme combines modules in academic criminology and the criminal justice system with training in the full range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. This combination of analytic criminological knowledge and applied research skills ensures that you will develop a sophisticated understanding of the key issues, problems and perspectives in contemporary criminology, enabling you to pursue a successful career in academia, research or criminology/criminal justice policy or practice areas.
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Our unique emphasis on research methodology means that you will be able to think logically and in an informed manner about criminological problems, and be able to design, conduct and manage effective research and evaluation.
The programme is aimed at applicants with the following academic interests or professional experience:
- Graduates with an appropriate first degree who are interested in gaining advanced knowledge about issues connected with crime, deviance and control, and social research.
- Graduates and practitioners conducting research on crime, deviance or the criminal justice system, or considering a PhD in this area.
- Practitioners in the criminal justice system and related government and voluntary agencies who wish to develop and expand their knowledge of the wider issues connected to crime and its control, and social research.
For students undertaking full-time study, the programme runs for two semesters (12 months). Students on the part-time mode of study will undertake modules over four semesters (24 months, attending one day per week - Fridays in Year 1 and on Tuesdays in Year 2).
Crime and Offending
This module critically addresses the nature and extent of crime and offending, drugs and antisocial behaviour, and the strategies to prevent and reduce the occurrence of crime.
Criminal Justice System
This module focuses on all the key components of the criminal justice system: policing and the police, the courts and sentencing, prisons, probation and community penalties.
You will gain familiarity with the main theories that have been proposed to explain criminal behaviour and justify punishment and other responses to offending.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a grounding in the basic principles of quantitative data analysis and statistical methods.
This module aims to provide students with a firm methodological basis for conducting various forms of qualitative analysis. Principal data sources are observational fieldnotes, interview transcripts and video.
Research: From Design to Dissemination
This module aims to develop students’ research skills through the design and conduct of a small-scale collaborative research project. The practical experience on the project is supported through specific training in research-based skills and professional development. Through taking this module, students will come to understand the practices and procedures involved in initiating, managing and disseminating a research project.
Law, Society and Social Control
This module explores how law interacts with other modes of social control in relation to various aspects of the institutional and structural orders of contemporary societies.
Evidence Based Practice in Crime and Criminal Justice
This module examines the ways in which research methods can inform practice and policy in the CJS to ensure that it is evidence based.
Workshops in Advanced Methods
This unassessed series of workshops and lectures introduces students to a range of innovative and advanced research methods. These provide an opportunity to gain an appreciation of developments in methods for collecting and analysing data, to reflect on the pragmatics of their use and to gain some hands-on experience of the techniques involved. Topics may include: data management using qualitative software; focus groups; geographic information systems; random control trials in social research; latent variables / structural equation models; multilevel modelling; event history modelling; and longitudinal data analysis.
Students individually research a topic and prepare a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.
The modules on criminology examine the extent of crime, the operation of the criminal justice system, and legal and social construction. Established and leading-edge perspectives and techniques that have been applied to problems of crime and its control are covered. They include:
Measuring and auditing levels of crime
Sexual and violent crime
Criminal intelligence analysis
Crime investigation techniques
Sentencing, prisons, punishment and community controls
Theories of law and social control
Risk management and regulatory compliance frameworks
Surveillance, new technology and control
Risk assessment and prediction
Crime reduction and community safety
Research Methods Modules
The modules on research methods cover both qualitative and quantitative techniques. These include:
Designing and implementing evaluation measures for criminal justice programmes
Statistical inference and modelling
Data management with SPSS
Interview techniques for social science research
Field methods and observational techniques
Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis
A variety of teaching methods is used. In addition to formal lectures, you will participate in workshops and undertake individual practical assignments. You will have full access to University and departmental facilities and resources, including a well-equipped computer laboratory with a wide range of statistical packages and qualitative data analysis software.
The total contact time for core assessed modules is 194 hours. Students may opt to spend time undertaking additional, non-assessed modules. We do not estimate self-study time in our module totals.
A distinctive component of the MSc is the opportunity to undertake a placement at a criminal justice agency or research institute for four weeks during the spring break. The practical experience and insights gained reinforce formal learning.
Recent graduates from the programme have been appointed to posts in the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. Others have joined the police service as police officers, researchers or crime analysts. Several have joined commercial research companies, firms of solicitors and voluntary sector organisations involved in criminal justice issues (including domestic violence and missing persons).
Several students are pursuing PhD research study and part-time students are continuing their careers.
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Applications are welcomed from those who have an undergraduate degree (typically a 2:1) in criminology, social, behavioural or human sciences, law or a related discipline, or a professional qualification or experience relevant to the MSc degree. English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 7.0-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0