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Criminology and Criminal Justice  MSc

Overview

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.

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Frequently asked questions

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,750 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
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Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

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.

Other Suitable Qualifications

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry to the Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc course, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

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 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:

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.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
Full-time - one year. Part-time - two years.

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
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
  • Research Workshop
  • Dissertation.

Elective Modules:

Choose three from an extensive list, including:

  • Criminal Minds
  • Victims: Policy and Politics
  • Developments in Communication Policy
  • Celebrity.

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

Read the full programme specification.

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Teaching and Assessment

Academic staff

Teaching

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

Assessment

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.

Dissertation

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

Read the full programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,750 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

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.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • be an UK or EU student
  • be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships
  • be a full or part-time student
  • be in receipt of an offer of an eligible degree


Applications should be made on the Scholarship Application Form and should be submitted by Thursday 31st March 2016.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements. Shortlisting will be conducted by the School’s Scholarships Group. All applicants will be notified of the results by May 2016.

Find out more about the School of Arts and Social Sciences scholarship programme.


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Bursaries

Career Prospects

City's Criminology curriculum prepares you for careers in research, policy development, the criminal justice system and related professions.

Where are they now?

Previous graduates are currently working in:

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Probation service
  • Foreign Office
  • Prison Service
  • Education
  • Mental health
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Doctoral Research.

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.


MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice

To apply for one of our Sociology courses you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Personal statement of up to 500-words on applicants’ academic and relevant professional experience to date and how it informs their intentions to undertake this course. In addition, candidates may wish to outline their vision for how the degree will feed into their research or professional career.

Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of their supporting documents for convenience.

The application form can also be downloaded via the following links:

If you require a hard copy of the application pack (containing an application form and reference forms) then please email your name, address and the name of the programme to the Programme Administrator along with your request.

Return the completed form to:
Admissions

Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Arts and Social Sciences
City University
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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