The University of Kent is proud to offer a competitive and engaging MA in Criminology that combines a core programme of criminological theory and research methods with a series of exciting optional modules encompassing the topical criminological issues of the day. While the increasing popularity of Criminology as a subject discipline has seen an expansion of MA programmes in this area, there are many reasons to choose to study at Kent.
- Study takes place within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR), a department with an extremely strong research culture that was rated equal fourth in the national 2008 Research and Assessment exercise.
- The Masters was founded by the world-famous Criminologist, Professor Jock Young.
- The course is taught by internationally recognised team of academics and researchers.
- The content of the programme remains at the cutting edge of current Criminological debate with a strong emphasis on the cultural context of crime.
- Kent students are offered the unique opportunity to add an international dimension to their criminological study by participating in the Common Studies Sessions in Critical Criminology. This event provides students and staff the opportunity to exchange ideas and deliver papers on topics relating to critical, cultural and international criminology at a bi-annual conference run in collaboration with Kent University’s international criminology partners from universities in The Netherlands, the United States, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and Greece.
- We also offer an MA in Criminology with a Semester Aboard at one of our partner universities in the above countries.
- For those interested in continuing their postgraduate study, SSPSSR has a strong reputation for continued study towards a criminology doctorate.
Students may embark upon their studies over either a one year full time programme or a two year part time programme. At the heart of the MA Criminology are two core courses dealing with advanced criminological theory and advanced research methods. These are complemented by the opportunity to pursue either a research or library-based Criminological dissertation. Finally, students are free to choose from a wide range of optional modules, including: Cultural Criminology; Young People, Crime and Place; Terrorism and Modern Society; Prisons and Penal Policy; The Sociology of Violence; Critical and Global Criminology; Drugs, Culture and Control; Penology; and Policing.
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