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 the crime, harm and victimization together with an appreciation of the role of the state/criminal justice system in the regulation of human behavior, deviance and crime. The programme will equip you to design and implement social scientific research using a broad range of methodologies, consider research ethics, analyze 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
|Full-time||1 year||September||Southwark Campus|
|Part-time||2 years||September||Southwark Campus|
You'll undertake modules from a broad base of subject areas including:
- Criminological theory
- Crime, harm, and victimization
- 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 the 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:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
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 honour: 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.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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Last updated September 8, 2018