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Criminology and Criminal Justice

MSc |
From Shakespeare to Hollywood, as a culture we are fascinated by crime. Discover what makes crime captivating with City’s Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £4,750 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,000

Part-time: £7,000 per year

Who is it for?

This degree is for independent, critical thinkers who want to work, or are working, within criminal justice or want to undertake further research. Many of our students have undergraduate criminology degrees, and come from universities across the world. Often they want to continue their learning or specialise within a specific subject area. Students also come from other science, humanities and legal backgrounds and from within the criminal justice system. Research methods form a key component of the programme so having an interest in data collection and analysis is valuable.

“To understand crime in the 21st century you have to have specialist criminological knowledge. We don’t just focus on the criminal act; we look at the societal reaction to crime and the cultural narratives that exist around it. At City we will encourage you to develop your criminological imagination but also to use it.”

Professor Eugene McLaughlin

Objectives

At City we believe crime is multi-dimensional, which is why this MSc course brings the victim into focus, not just the offender. The criminal mind is complex and our understanding of it matters – not just to the individual, but also to their family, the community and wider society at large.

We live in a criminogenic global society; one that is producing new forms of crime, and new criminal opportunities. City’s Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc course unpicks the power of the criminological imagination within this society.

This is not a Masters that focuses purely on criminal justice or crime control – instead we emphasise cutting-edge theoretical analysis and methodological training, so you can research the contemporary significance of crime and see how it can be a powerful marker of social and institutional change.

Originally part of City’s MA in Human Rights, this degree offers a distinctive perspective on the relationship between criminology and human rights violations. It is global in outlook because, by its nature, crime is transnational and is taught by eminent criminologists who author the books that appear on reading lists across the country.

Here are some of the questions the course poses:

  • Why don’t more people commit criminal acts?
  • What does crime tell us about the society in which we live?
  • Why is crime considered abnormal but at the same time central to news, fiction and popular culture?
  • What would a victim-centred justice system look like?

Requirements and 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 partnerINTO 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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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.

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, full time, September 2016

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, part time, September 2016

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

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

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this course has been established for over a decade
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published criminologists teach the programme
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in the UK: City’s Sociology Department is one of the top departments in the country (REF 2014)

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

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.

Find out more about scholarships for Turkish students wishing to study in the UK

Find out more about scholarships for Malaysian students wishing to study in the UK

Find out more about scholarships for German students wishing to study in the UK

Find out more about the International directory of scholarships.

British Council: Chevening awards. Usually for non-UK/EU students. See the Chevening website for further information and guidance. Deadline November 2016.

Bursaries

Alumni views

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice at City University London

In this film alumna Hannah de Jonk talks about her time studying Criminology and Criminal Justice at City University London and what she is doing now that she has graduated.

Academic facilities

When it comes to studying criminology, London is an amazing facility. It is one of the most sociologically diverse laboratories offering a wide range of accessible resources. From the myriad centres of policy, justice and media to the endless range of public events, at City you can become a researcher in a global city. As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

We will teach you through a combination of lectures, interactive workshops and seminars, in the first and second term (September-April). This is supplemented by insight from external visiting criminologists, criminal justice charities, research agencies and, in some cases, retired criminals. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions, debate your ideas and present your own evidence around particular arguments.

During the dissertation phase of the degree you also have the chance to visit the Central Criminal Court (otherwise known as the Old Bailey) and in some cases undertake a prison visit. One student is currently in New York, researching the New York Police Department, as part of her dissertation on the stresses of being a police officer in 2016.

The majority of postgraduate sociology modules are assessed by coursework. However, if you choose to study some modules outside of the department you may have different assessment methods so please check this carefully. You will need to gain a minimum pass mark of 50% in all assessment components.

Dissertation

The dissertation marks the point in the course where you begin to take hold of your research and let your criminological imagination come into play. The dissertation (of 15,000 words) accounts for one third of the total marks for the Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc degree. By the end of the first term you will have to start considering your dissertation topic. You may already know you area of focus, but we offer guidance and support through dissertation workshops.

Modules

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.

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.

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

  • Academic expert
    Professor of Criminology and Head of Department of Sociology working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

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.
80% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


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.

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, full time, September 2016

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, part time, September 2016

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

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

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