Criminology and Criminal Justice MA
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The innovative, interdisciplinary Criminology and Criminal Justice MA 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 Dr Chris Greer, Dr Carrie-Anne Myers, Dr Katrin Hohl and Dr Faiza Qureshi.
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.
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their overall profile. We welcome applications from enthusiastic graduates with an upper second class Honours degree in a social-sciences related subject, or overseas equivalent qualification, in a discipline appropriate to the study of criminology and criminal justice.
We also consider applications from candidates with other relevant qualifications and professional work experience.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry to the Criminology and Criminal Justice MA 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.
- IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each subtest
- TOEFL (internet based): 100 - 105
INTO English Language ProgrammesIf 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.
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City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, 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
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- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
- Full time: one year (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required))
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 MA 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 Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Group 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 experts and prepares you for careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
You complete six taught modules: three compulsory core and three elective modules. You also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer period.
- Contemporary criminology
- Criminal justice: policy and practice
- Approaches to social research
Elective ModulesChoose three from an extensive list, including:
- Surveillance studies: theories and concepts
- Media, violence and culture
- Human wrongs
- Crime news
- International human rights law
- Understanding security in the 21st century
- Global politics of human rights
- Forced migration
- Theories of race and ethnicity
- Political communication
- Social policy research and evaluation
- Qualitative research methods
- Globalisation and the city
- Feminisms & the media: representation, technology & change
- Transnational media and communication
- Globalisation: challenges and transformations
- Contemporary issues in social theory
- Analysing media discourses
- Current issues in sociology
- The information society
NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints
Read the full Criminology and Criminal Justice MA programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
TeachingWe will teach you through a combination of lectures, classes and seminars, taking place in the first and second academic periods (September-April).
AssessmentThe 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 MA degree.
Read the full Criminology and Criminal Justice MA programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000 (2013 entry)
82% of City's Sociology graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course.
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
- Mental health
- Voluntary Sector
- Doctoral Research
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There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.
MA 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)
- Two references (at least one should be from an academic referee)
- 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)
The application form and reference 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:
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences