Explore an exciting blend of criminology and criminal justice subjects and address key contemporary questions and debates. By studying criminological theory and policy you’ll see how conceptual frameworks can be applied to thinking about crime and society.
Our MA is underpinned by our research expertise. You’ll be taught by experts who shape the field of criminology and criminal justice studies.
Our criminology research has focused on topics such as:
Our course also draws on expertise from the Sussex Law School, which will enable you to develop an interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll study in a lively intellectual environment, giving you the advantage of a wide-ranging knowledge set.
"Criminology is all about questioning the world through studying crime, deviance, social control and punishment, which makes it a great subject to teach and learn.”
Dr Lizzie SealReader in Criminology
Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.
Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).
Admissions information for applicants
How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.
Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.
1 August 2021 (international)
1 September 2021 (UK)
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.
For details about the part-time course, contact us at email@example.com
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Criminology in Theory and Method
Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
Spring and summer teaching
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
Anthropological Perspectives on Mind, Madness and Mental Health
Crimes of Violence
Hate Crime and Sexual Violence
International and Transnational Offending
Restorative Justice: Domestic and International Approaches
Terrorism and the Internet
The Existential Self: Chaos, Meaning and Human Potential
How much does it cost?
UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year
If you study part-time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent full-time fee in each year of study. Your second-year fee – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 3% increase (subject to rounding).
If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit.
How can I fund my course?
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
You’ll gain practical abilities as well as critical and problem-solving skills valued in contemporary job markets. You will be able to apply your analytical skills to a range of careers in the criminal justice system as well as the public, private and voluntary sectors. The MA can also provide a strong foundation for further academic study or a career in research.