University of Manchester

University of Manchester


The course is an innovative, interdisciplinary course focusing on current trends and historical debates surrounding key issues of crime causation, crime control and regulation. This course is particularly targeted to students who are looking to develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. The degree is aimed at recent graduates looking to improve their academic credentials, as well as practitioners and professionals in the criminal justice field who want to update and broaden their knowledge in this area. Compulsory and optional courses allow students to engage with a diverse range of issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates and the methods used to research them. A prior degree in criminology is not essential but previous study of a social science discipline would be an advantage. The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

Entry requirements

A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, is required in your first degree. A social science subject is advantageous but not necessary.Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications: IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories; TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories; Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C; Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

Course modules

Modules include: Compulsory units: designing criminological research; advanced theoretical criminology; criminal justice research and policy with a choice of one optional unit: prosecution and pre-trial process; offender management and community reintegration; qualitative research methods; compulsory unit: evaluating policy and practice with a choice of three optional units: drugs: markets, policies and consumption; crime mapping: introduction to gis and spatial analysis; international security and law; economic and financial crime; criminology of mass violence; criminal law and justice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by 3500 word essay or by essay and presentation.

Sponsorship information

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for master's study. These include an Alumni Loyalty Bursary for Manchester graduates and scholarships for each subject areas within the School.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 12 months
MA Part-time - 27 months

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