This Master's degree draws upon the expertise of staff with established reputations in the field. Tutors have a wide range of research interests and they are actively involved with the Nottingham Crime Research Unit and the Centre for the Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes. These specialist units are located within the division and conduct high quality applied criminological and criminal justice research.

The course offers a distinctive theoretical and policy-orientation of criminology. The emphasis on policy is specifically designed to offer a more vocationally relevant programme of Master's level study that will be more pertinent to students seeking a policy-orientated career in the Home Office, government office of the regions, local government and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.

The Criminology team regularly invites renowned experts and professionals to the University to provide an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences. Past speakers have included Superintendent Paul Giannasi, Programme Manager of the Cross-Governmental Hate Crime Strategy and Len Jackson, OBE Interim Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Why choose the MA Criminology?

  • Gain a critical and informed analysis of criminology, criminal justice and crime reduction.
  • Graduate with an extensive vocationally relevant, and policy-orientated, knowledge of crime and responses to crime, drawing on examples from across the world.
  • Hear from invited experts and professionals who provide an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates, and insights that shape the discipline.
  • Enhances life long learning skills and personal development in a manner that enables graduates to adopt an independent and reflective approach to their learning and to contribute to crime reduction and community safety.


This course will prepare students to go on to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in either the statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors. The acquisition of specific criminological knowledge, along with a wide range of transferable skills such as the ability to conduct and evaluate research, will be invaluable for those seeking employment in the fast-expanding field of policy evaluation.

The course will also enhance the career opportunities of those currently working in the field and will be particularly valuable to students seeking employment in criminal justice agencies operating at central, regional and local government levels, for example:

  • Home Office
  • police forces
  • local government
  • crime and disorder reduction partnerships and their equivalencies throughout the world.

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above)
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Master's Level in their Personal Statement.
  • No references are required when applying for this course.

Fees and funding

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Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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