Criminology

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

This is for you if... you want to learn about the processes of criminalisation, offending, and victimisation in order to develop a sophisticated and critical understanding of contemporary issues and debates in criminology and victimology.

Course Description

The MSc in Criminology will provide you with an in-depth theoretical and applied understanding of crime, deviance, offenders, and victims and will enable you to focus on your particular area of interest.

You will gain the knowledge and skills sought by the broad spectrum of agencies associated with the criminal justice process. The course will provide you with a thorough insight into the criminal justice system and develop your critical awareness of historical debates, theories and research in criminology and victimology. You will also examine the current political, economic and social context of relevant debates on crime 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 interest that relate to your professional needs including Forensic and Legal Psychology, Responding to Terrorism, Hate Crime and the Psychology of Evil.

This degree will develop your capacity for imaginative, rigorous and critical thinking. As well as gaining specific knowledge of the social processes of crime, criminalisation and the criminal justice system, you will strengthen your ability to understand and use different types of evidence. You will develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument, communicate information to academic and non-academic audiences, conduct research and identify solutions to theoretical and research problems.

 

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

  • Criminological Research Methods
  • Rethinking Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Theorising Crime and Deviance
  • Victimology

Plus your Dissertation.

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
  • Criminal Justice Professions: Policy and Practice
  • 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

 

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.

Our assessment strategy is coursework-based and provides you 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, reports and letters to government ministers. You will also complete a dissertation of up to 15,000 words in which you will conduct research on a topic of your choice.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally possess 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 applicants will be asked to undertake a short written assessment.

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

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?
  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

Our MSc in Criminology 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 MSc 1 year full-time September each year

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Criminology MSc 2 years part-time September each year

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Course
Criminology
Qualification
MSc
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Course
Criminology
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

Not currently available; contact admissions.

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