Course Overview

Crime, its causes, and how we should deal with it, are never far from the headlines, and expertise in this area is increasingly valued by employers in government and other sectors.

Study our MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology and you will gain in-depth knowledge about the causes of crime, the criminal justice system and current themes in criminological debates.

Learning from experts with a wealth of academic and practical experience, you will gain a level of knowledge, which will open up a range of exciting career opportunities.

Why Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea?

As a postgraduate student at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, you will be part of a globally recognised law school, with a thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, and offering an exceptional student experience.

  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of criminological theories and of the criminal justice system
  • You will learn the latest international developments in criminological and criminal justice research
  • You can study the impact of social, political and economic factors on crime and criminal justice policy
  • Swansea University is ranked 26th in the UK for research quality and 22nd for research impact (REF 2014)

Your Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology Experience

  • You will learn from industry experts, with a wealth of academic and practical experience, is a globally recognised law school with a vibrant academic community dedicated to understanding some of society’s most challenging issues.
  • Our small lecture groups give you the chance to voice your opinion and share ideas.
  • Guest speakers include senior criminal justice practitioners, managers, and policymakers.
  • You can join social events organised by the student-led Criminology Society.

Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology Employment Opportunities

The knowledge you gain on this MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology opens up a range of potential careers in:

  • Public sector – government, civil service, political and policy advice
  • Private sector – global, national or local business
  • Non-governmental sector
  • Research and academia

Entry Requirements

If you are passionate about 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 will 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).

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Employability at the School of Law

The School of Law takes a proactive approach to enhance graduate employability, with a dedicated Employability and Placements Officer. The School offers a range of local, national and international work placements, professional courses, advice and support to help you develop the skills required to achieve your ambitions.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 4, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 3 years
15,000 GBP
UK/EU: 7100 GBP. International: 15,000 GBP. (Full Time)
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