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PG Dip/MScCriminology

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £15,920 per year
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The MSc Criminology will equip you with the substantive and methodological skills to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policies and practices.

Core training in applied criminology, criminal justice studies; policing, penology and victimology is complemented by optional study in a range of disciplines allied to criminology at the University of Southampton.

Our ESRC validated methodological training ensures that you will produce a high quality research dissertation directly related to your career/professional interests.

You will be taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analysis are sought by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media.

This innovative applied criminology degree emphasises the connections between research and professional practice. It will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies.

The programme aims to provide you with:

- Thorough knowledge of the most important international criminological research findings
- In-depth understanding of contemporary criminal justice policies and practices
- The ability to analyse the key crime problems currently confronting 21st century societies
- An in-depth understanding of innovative research methods and the ability to utilise them in different contexts
- The skills required to undertake independent criminological research and analysis
- The ability to design and complete a research dissertation in criminology, criminal justice or a related field
- The capacity to develop and present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication to different audiences

Programme structure

The programme is studied over one year full-time, or two years part-time. The taught course component consists of 30 study weeks divided into two semesters during which time students study six modules (or to a minimum of 60 ECTS (120 CATS) points). Students who successfully complete the taught course component undertake a three month period of supervised research for a Master’s dissertation (six-month for part-time).

The programme compromises six modules and a dissertation. There are two core substantive modules:

Criminal behaviour – Applied Perspectives will provide the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings that will provide students with a systematic understanding of critical, analytical, reflective and comparative criminological study.

Criminal Justice – Policy and Practice will explore contemporary policy debates and perspectives in criminal justice and crime control. Students will study criminal justice policy within the context of broader social changes and political and ideological processes, and consider the ways in which policy debates inform, and are informed by, broader perspectives on criminal justice and the politics of crime control and what that means for the design and delivery of public policy.

In addition to the compulsory modules, students must also take two optional modules; a range of which are listed below.

Career opportunities

• Security Analyst
• Crime Analyst
• Police Service
• Prison and probation Service
• Crime prevention and community safety
• Courts service
• Youth Justice and youth work
• Research and Policy Development
• Pressure groups and NGOs

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States