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MSc Criminal Justice Policy

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Social Policy and offers the following benefits: 

  • programme led by internationally renowned criminologists
  • diversity of staff expertise and research activities
  • inter-departmental collaboration between Social Policy, Law and Sociology
  • access to the Mannheim Centre for Criminology

The programme is intended for graduates with a good upper second class honours degree in the social sciences or law; however, we will consider other qualifications and relevant practitioner experience. This MSc provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology, sociology and psychology to the subject of crime and the major criminal justice institutions.

Programme details

For the Criminal Justice Policy core course, there is a weekly one and a half hour lecture and a one and a half hour seminar. The course is assessed by examination in the summer term. General dissertation advice is provided in departmental seminars and additionally you will be provided with a personal supervisor who will guide your work. There is also the option to attend the Mannheim Centre seminars which are run in association with the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

On graduation, most students move into careers in the criminal justice professions, academic or policy research in criminology and criminal justice, and into policy work in governments or charities.


Application code: L4U9 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 

Intake/applications in 2013: 22/75

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 social science or law, or a degree in another field with relevant practitioner experience (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £9,552; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions