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Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course critically addresses a range of key issues and debates relating to crime and the criminal justice system. You will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of crime, deviance and criminal justice from critical, theoretical, policy, legal, political and practical perspectives and will address issues of historical and contemporary concern such as terrorism, sex work, legal and illegal drugs, crime in the night-time economy, forced migration, gender and crime, domestic violence, crime prevention, prison and punishment, policing, youth crime and justice, law enforcement and the use of new technologies. You will also study issues of theoretical and social importance with lecturers who are international experts in their fields.

Entry requirements

MSc: Normally an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. We are keen to consider applications from a professional range of criminal justice backgrounds and experiences.

Course modules

You will take a range of taught modules primarily in the first two terms of the academic year. You will also undertake two research modules, which will enable you to develop a research proposal for your dissertation. Core Modules; Theorising Crime and Criminal Justice (30 credits); Apply theories of crime and justice to topical issues; Theory and practice of criminal justice; Analysis of contemporary politics; Governance of criminal justice. Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits); Introduction to social scientific research; Establishing cause and interpreting meaning in social sciences; Essentials of quantitative and qualitative research in social science research. Research Design and Process (15 credits); Formulating research questions; Ethical review procedures; Research proposal design, evaluation, and development; Conversational analysis in practice; Qualitative interviewing. Dissertation (60 credits); A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic of your choice. Optional Modules; You may choose modules to the value of 60 credits. In previous years, typical modules offered were: Gender, Violence and Abuse (30 credits) Drugs, Crime and Society (30 credits) Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry (30 credits) Young People, Crime and Justice (30 credits) Cyberculture and Cybercrime (30 credits) Sociology of Forensic Science (30 credits) Prisons, Crime and Criminal Justice (Inside-Out prison exchange programme) (30 credits) Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits) Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Participatory Action Research (15 credits) You will also have the opportunity to take a range of modules from other courses within the Faculty.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of types of continuous assessment including summative essays and presentations at the end of the course you will submit a dissertation on a research topic of your choosing.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 19,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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