Our MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology will help you learn about the causes of crime, the Criminal Justice system and cutting-edge themes in criminological debates from leading experts in the field. There is an exciting range of diverse modules, that are being offered, focused on applying criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System.

Key Features

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology offers:

  • An in-depth understanding of criminological theories of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of international developments in criminological and criminal justice research
  • An opportunity to study the impact of social, political and economic factors on crime and criminal justice policy
  • Enhanced employability for a career in criminal justice, academia, or research


Whether you are a practitioner working in the criminal justice system, a researcher wishing to gain a firm foundation for a research degree in an ESRC recognised Doctoral Training Centre, or an undergraduate aspiring to a career in criminal justice, our Masters-level degree in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology is for you!

Taught over one year full-time or three years part-time, you'll gain a range of skills in a supportive environment.

The small lecture groups offer you the chance to voice your opinion and share ideas and will often feature guest speakers in the form of senior criminal justice practitioners, managers, and policymakers.

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about countering Criminology, we want to hear from you!

Students will discover how the criminal justice system operates in practice, learn key theories, examine relevant research in criminal justice and criminology, and explore cutting-edge themes in criminological debates.

Ideally, you’ll hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Candidates with a 2:2 or with relevant professional work experience may also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £7,100 £15,000
MA Part-time £3,550 £7,500
MA Part-time £2,350 £5,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include but are not limited to stationery, books, printing, dissertation binding and photocopying costs.

Careers and Employability

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology can lead to a wide variety of careers in the public, private and third sectors.

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Last updated October 29, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
15,000 GBP
- Full-time international students; 7100 GBP - Full-time UK/EU students; 3550 GBP - Part-time UK/EU students (two years)
July 31, 2019
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Start Date
Sept. 2019
End Date
July 31, 2020
Application deadline
July 31, 2019

Sept. 2019

Application deadline
July 31, 2019
End Date
July 31, 2020