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MSc Criminal Justice Policy

About the MSc programme

The MSc in Criminal Justice Policy provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology, sociology, law and psychology to the subject of crime and the major criminal justice institutions. The programme will provide students with the intellectual tools, from theory, empirical research, and policy analysis, to engage with current debates within criminology and criminal justice.

It asks challenging questions such as: How can we explain the significant crime drop seen in most Western nations in recent decades? What can government or other agencies do to reduce fear of crime? Should people go to prison for punishment or as punishment? Will reduced government spending on the police lead to an increase in crime? How can political economy and cultural analysis account for variations in penal policy across states?

You will take a compulsory course in Criminal Justice Policy, which provides a detailed and critical introduction to the study of criminal justice institutions, practices and participants, along with optional courses to the value of two full units. You will also be required to complete a 10,000 word dissertation.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Criminal Justice Policy in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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.

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Application code: L4U9 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

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

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in 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 £10,320 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016:  14/96


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