Criminology in Practice

MSc, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to combine academic criminological study with employability modules and the change to undertake a work placement and practice-based research project in a criminal justice or related setting.

Course Description

By taking our Criminology in Practice MSc, you can combine the theoretical analysis of criminology with a core spine of employability-focused modules. Our modules will cover the key issues in contemporary criminological theory and practice. Further bespoke modules will prepare you to undertake a six-week work-based placement in a criminal justice or related setting. As part of the placement you will develop an appreciation of the interplay between research and practice in Criminology and will conduct a supervised piece of criminological research.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and develop your critical awareness of historical debates, theories and research in criminology. You will also examine the current political, economic and social context of relevant debates on crime and criminal justice practice in the UK and abroad.

The course has been prepared by lecturers who are at the forefront of research in this field. Our selection of option modules allows you to specialise in areas of academic or professional interest including Forensic and Legal Psychology; Crime Prevention and Community Safety; Responding to Terrorism; and the Regulation of Sex Work.

You will learn how to critically appraise research as well as conduct and write up your practice-based research project. You will develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers including the ability to present and develop a coherent argument, communicate information to academic and non-academic audiences, conduct research and solve theoretical and practical problems. The employability-focused modules promote a greater understanding of your own skills and the needs of criminal justice and related agencies in order to enhance your employment prospects.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Criminology
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 2458 or 3946
criminology@le.ac.uk
The Friars, 154 Upper New Walk
Leicester LE1 7QA

Criminology website

Why Leicester?

Criminology at Leicester is thriving and internationally-renowned. We are currently ranked 4th in the Guardian Criminology subject league table.

Our students benefit from learning in an environment exclusively dedicated to researching and teaching criminology, which is home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists.

We are regularly called on by local, national and international private, public and non-governmental organisations to assist with policy development, and by journalists needing information and advice on crime issues.

Your studies will be enhanced by extra-curricular opportunities such as the our esteemed Scarman Lecture series which regularly hosts high profile speakers.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

  • Preparing for Your Placement

  • Criminal Justice Professions: Policy and Practice

  • Theorising Crime and Deviance

  • Criminological Research Methods

Plus your Placement and Practice-Based Research Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Comparative Policing
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Forensic and Legal Psychology
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Global Crime and Human Rights
  • Hate, Extremism and ‘Everyday’ Prejudice
  • International Conflict
  • Power, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Psychology of Evil
  • Regulation of Sex Work
  • Responding to Terrorism
  • Surveillance and Society
  • Victimology


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars where you will have the opportunity to discuss and clarify ideas with lecturers and fellow students. Some modules will also involve practical skills workshops or online tasks and interaction. Tutorials and seminars, including input from the Career Development Service and guest lectures from practitioners in the field, will help to prepare you for your placement. You will spend six weeks undertaking a work-based placement in a criminal justice or related setting, the format of which is negotiated with the placement provider.

Our assessment strategy is coursework-based and provides students with opportunities to both consolidate and strengthen academic skills through assessments such as short written pieces, annotated bibliographies, essays and research exercises; whilst also completing tasks which develop the skills required in future employment. These more ‘authentic’ modes of assessment may take the form of oral presentations, practitioner briefing papers and reports, an executive summary and a reflective placement report. You will also complete a practice-based research project of 8,000 words.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree from a British university or equivalent international academic qualifications. It is expected that this would usually be in Criminology or a cognate discipline. Comparable professional qualifications or experience will be considered. However, where more clarity is required you will be asked to undertake a short written assessment.

You will also need to demonstrate your suitability to undertake a practice placement. We advise you to include within your personal statement details of the skills and attributes that you would bring to a criminal justice-related placement and what kind of placement you would be interested in.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

Our MSc in Criminology in Practice will equip you with a whole host of skills that will give you a head-start in today’s competitive job market. We work closely with the University’s Career Development Service to alert you to relevant opportunities.

Our graduates most often seek and secure employment in statutory criminal justice agencies (police, prisons, probation, national criminal justice and security agencies), forensic health settings, third sector agencies, local and central government (nationally and internationally) and social/policy research institutes. Moreover, each year approximately 10% of the cohort either secure or begin to consider opportunities for doctoral studies. Doctoral work often leads to employment in a research-related area or in an academic environment.

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career, or simply an aid to becoming more effective in your current role.

If you are already in employment, enhancing your career by studying at postgraduate level gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge and have studied to a higher level. Postgraduate education at Leicester is a rewarding and enriching experience that enhances personal development.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Criminology in Practice MSc 1 year full-time October each year Apply Now
Criminology in Practice MSc 2 years part-time October each year Apply Now
Course
Criminology in Practice
Qualification
MSc
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
October each year
Availability
Course
Criminology in Practice
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
October each year
Availability

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