Durham University

Durham University

Criminology and Criminal Justice

This programme 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, prostitution, legal and illegal drugs, crime in the night-time economy, forced migration, gender and crime, domestic violence, crime prevention, 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

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 a module on research design which enables you to develop a research proposal for your dissertation.

Core Modules:
Theorising Crime and Criminal Justice (30 credits)
Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits)
Research Design and Progress (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
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)
Cybercrime and cybersecurity (30 credits)
Sociology of Forensic Science (30 credits)
Issues in Criminal Justice (Inside-Out prison exchange programme) (20 credits)
Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits).
You will also have the opportunity to take a range of modules from other programmes within the Faculty such as those associated with the MSc in Risk and Security.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of types of continuous assessment including summative essays and presentations; and at the end of the programme 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 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
School of Applied Social Sciences
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0191 334 1505