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Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc)

Course Description

The innovative, interdisciplinary Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc enables you to develop advanced skills in criminological analysis and research the issues that are re-defining the study of criminal behaviour and crime control.

Criminology at City is defined by its empirical, policy-relevant, comparative orientation.

The course is taught by Professor Chris Greer, Dr Katrin Hohl, Dr Carrie-Anne Myers and Professor Eugene McLaughlin.

Modules are structured around a diverse range of criminological analysis, issues and debates, including: criminal behaviour; victimology; penology; policing and surveillance; crime prevention; crime; media and popular culture; civil liberties and human rights; and cutting-edge research and policy formulation skills.

The innovative, interdisciplinary Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc enables you to develop advanced skills in criminological analysis and research the issues that are re-defining the study of criminal behaviour and crime control.

This degree is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

Visit the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/criminology

Course Content

Criminology is an intellectually dynamic and policy-orientated discipline. Understanding crime causation and crime control in the 21st century requires researchers and professionals who are able to think creatively and work across traditional disciplinary boundaries and subject areas.

This Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc emphasises the importance of locating key developments in criminological thinking and crime control within an interdisciplinary and global context. We have a specific interest in utilising theories and methodology that enable us to research order, safety, risk and conflict in global cities such as London.

Our range of options allows for both breadth of study and specialisation. You will become actively involved in the work of the Centre for Crime and Justice Research and Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism and allied research centres within the University. The inclusive course ethos encourages staff-student interaction and facilitates your training in the production of innovative theoretical knowledge and applied criminological research.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice course is taught by internationally recognised experts and prepares you for careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Course Structure

You will take three 30-credit core modules and two 15-credit elective modules. Core modules are compulsory. You can choose the two elective modules from the list below. Should you wish to undertake elective modules not on the offered list within the School of Arts & Social Sciences, you should contact the Programme Director who may be able to arrange this for you. You also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer period.

This course offers both full-time and part-time study options.

Core Modules:
‌• Analysing Crime
‌• Researching Criminal Justice‌
‌• Research practice workshop series
‌• Dissertation.

Elective Modules:
Choose three from an extensive list, including:
‌• Criminal Minds
‌• Victims: Policy and Politics
‌• Crime News and Media Justice
‌• Celebrity
‌• Developments in Communication Policy

‌NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints

Read the full programme specification (http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/274607/PSCRIM-MSc-Criminology-and-Criminal-Justice.pdf)


We will teach you through a combination of lectures, classes and seminars, taking place in the first and second academic periods (September-April).


The majority of postgraduate sociology modules are assessed by 100% coursework. However, some modules outside of the department may have different assessment methods so please check carefully. You are required to obtain a minimum pass mark of 50% in all assessment components.


The dissertation of 15,000 words accounts for one-third of the total marks for the Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc degree.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test).
INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course,INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for Postgraduate Study - http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-city-university-london/studying/our-courses/course-list/english-for-university-study.aspx

Pre-sessional English - http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-city-university-london/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visit the Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Worth up to £2,000


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships;
- be a full or part-time student;

Application Procedure

Applicants who meet our entry requirements will be automatically considered for a non-means tested scholarship as part of the application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an upper second class honours degree or international equivalent. Applications from students with significant professional expertise experience in a field of employment or research related to criminology and criminal justice will also be considered.

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