The focus of this programme is on contemporary substantive issues in criminology and criminal justice and on criminological research methods. It is particularly appropriate for those engaged in criminal justice policy analysis and development or similar work in allied fields.
The programme develops a theoretical, policy and technical understanding of key issues within criminology, criminal justice and research methods. More specifically, it aims to develop an advanced understanding of the complex nature of crime, harm and victimisation together with an appreciation of the role of the state/criminal justice system in the regulation of human behaviour, deviance and crime. The programme will equip you to design and implement social scientific research using a broad range of methodologies, consider research ethics, analyse and present the material such research generates.
Through combining criminology and research methods, the programme enables you to think logically and in an informed manner about criminological issues. The programme fosters a critical awareness of the relationship between theory, policy and practice and enables you to utilize your research knowledge of research skills and translate these into research practice in the field of criminology and broader social science research professions.
Key course information - ordered by mode
You'll undertake modules from a broad base of subject areas including:
- Criminological theory
- Crime, harm and victimisation
- Responding to crime: justice, social control and punishment
- Criminological research in practice
- Methods for social research and evaluation: philosophy, design and data collection
- Data analytic techniques for social scientists
This MSc will enable you to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors and operating at central, regional and local government levels, for example, the Home Office; police forces; local government; crime and disorder reduction partnerships and their equivalencies throughout the world.
The acquisition of specific criminological and research methods knowledge will also enhance career opportunities if you are currently working in the field. The specialist focus on research methods also offers an excellent foundation for those interested in undertaking subsequent doctoral research in the field.
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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
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Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
The Crime and Criminal Justice Research Group, (CCJRG), at LSBU has developed a strong national and international reputation for delivering high quality and real-life impact research. It has worked closely with a range of government agencies, including the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (Ministry of Justice); Government Office for London; the Scottish Executive, Northern Ireland Office and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. It has also undertaken extensive research in collaboration with various London local authorities together with a range of voluntary and charity-based agencies.
Our criminology programme also has a strong voluntary work scheme. You're encouraged to undertake voluntary work in a variety of criminal justice-related agencies. Recent positions have been within the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies and youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.
Teaching and learning
Year 1 class contact time is typically 6 hours per week part-time and 12 hours per week full time plus individual tutorial and independent study.
You should have a second class honours' 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division or above in a related subject area.
Applicants with extensive related work experience will also be considered and are encouraged to apply. In these cases, applicants will be interviewed by the Course Director. In so doing we will be able to assess applicants in terms of their academic and professional suitability.
We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
How to apply
International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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