Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University


The course is designed specifically to let students explore these and related topics in depth. Students will be encouraged to challenge established wisdom while studying the intellectual canon of the discipline. At Liverpool Hope we are driven by a desire to not just be passive observers of criminological, social and criminal justice issues but to be active participants in it. This means that we pay special attention to the interests and goals of our postgraduate students who wish to pursue their studies here.

Entry requirements

A 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree in any relevant discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2.1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made. Students whose 1st language is not English require evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

The programme consists of four modules and a dissertation (final research project) totalling 180 credits. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, a research proposal and research dissertation.


Advanced Social Theory (30 credits) - You will engage with, evaluate and critically analyse a range of social theories ranging in scope from classical to post-modern approaches.

Advanced Studies in Social Research (30 credits) - You will understand the methodological principles and practices that underpin independent research at Masters level; and examine the research process, including design, data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Contemporary Inequalities in Crime and Justice (30 credits) - You will focus on how the gender, class and ethnic background of those who come into contact with the criminal justice systems affects the manner in which they are treated.

Critical Criminology in the 21st Century (30 credits) - You will examine growing and emerging areas of interest in criminology. This module will take a critical and global look at contemporary debates around areas such as green criminology, state crime, protest, trafficking and sex work.

Dissertation/Research Project (60 credits) - The focus of the research project will be on an issue of relevance to your own sociological interests. It can involve the collection of primary data or a literature-based dissertation with an emphasis on theory development.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, a research proposal and research dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

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