Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Criminology

The MSc in Criminology has been designed for those who wish to pursue advanced criminological study and explore some of the most cutting-edge ideas in contemporary criminology. The programme is open to graduates of various social science disciplines, and provides a multidisciplinary platform from which to engage with the complexity of contemporary debates and challenges around crime and its control. It will appeal to those with a keen interest in security, crime and criminal justice, as well as those seeking to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the core issues facing criminal justice in the twenty-first century. It will also appeal to those who desire advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary criminological theory and cutting-edge research methods, as well as those who wish to pursue a substantial, original research project of their own design (through the research project component). As part of the core provision on the programme, you will learn about and critically engage with the most widely used contemporary criminological theories and approaches. This includes those which seek to explain crime and criminality in ways that are straightforward and useful for policy makers and practitioners, and those which seek to explicate the dramatic changes to criminal justice and the crime control apparatus over the past few decades. You will also be instructed in a wide range of research methods, and will be able to choose from an extensive list of nearly 30 option modules to complete your degree. **HIGHLIGHTS** - The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research with a strong theoretical and policy focus. It is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. - We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality. - The School is the home of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. Jessica Jacobson, its director, leads a team of outstanding researchers. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Master's programme, participating in core and specialist modules and providing dissertation supervision. - We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines, such as economics, politics and sociology. For example, it provides access to over 17,000 electronic journals, which are available online 24 hours a day. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library. - There are a limited number of bursaries available for students studying on this programme, which equate to a £2,000 fee reduction. Please contact the Programme Director for further details. - Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC/ESRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only). Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Entry requirements

Master of Science - MSc (PG): A second-class honours degree in the humanities, social sciences or law. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional experience and training welcome.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Coursework including critical reviews, essays, a research proposal and an 8000-10,000-word research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time October 2019 16,800 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time October 2019 16,800 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time October 2019 11,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Birkbeck Student Advice Service
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02039070700