University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham


The course aims to develop an advanced and critical understanding of criminology in the globalised world. Specifically, it aims to provide a high-quality study of key aspects of the four cornerstones of criminology: crime and deviance; victimisation; responses to crime and deviance; and representation of crime and deviance. The course will equip students with an advanced and critical understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of criminology, by drawing from different approaches, theories, and concepts in relation to crime, victimisation, responses to crime, and representation of crime, within the local, regional, national, and international contexts. The course will also produce graduates with competence in employing diverse research methodologies and techniques in studying criminological topics effectively and ethically. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in evaluating evidence; appreciating the complexity and diversity of the ways in which crime is constituted, represented and dealt with. Furthermore, they will also further develop their ability in assessing the merits of competing theories relevant to criminology, making ethical judgments and reasoned arguments, as well as reflecting critically and constructively on their own learning and life. The course will enhance students� transferrable and lifelong learning skills and personal development � through engagement with diverse �practice� contexts - in order to enhance their employability and career aspirations in diverse occupations, and contribution to society at large. The course recognises the socio-cultural and geopolitical significance of globalisation, and its impact on the construction, representation, and responses to crime and deviance. Therefore, the course also emphasises the synergy between academic study and practice, aiming to produce graduates who are critical, reflexive, and highly employable. This is especially evident in the module Criminology in Practice, which has an internship component. Students will be taught not only by criminologists, but also staff who have expertise in sociology, social work, and social/public policy. The course will be particularly attractive to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in the police forces, probation service, prison service, criminal justice, NGO sector, victim support, academia, civil service or journalism. It will also appeal to employees of these services/sectors who wish to further develop their academic and practice competence.

Course modules

Core modules include: Criminology: theories & concepts (20 credits); research methods and research management (20 credits); contemporary issues & debates criminology (20 credits); criminology in practice (20 credits); dissertation in criminology (60 credits); Students will also have the opportunity to study 20 credits of elective modules in both autumn and spring terms from an approved list of modules; Some examples of such modules include: Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity; Policy Analysis: Concepts and Theories; Leadership, Strategy and Performance in the Public Sector; Terrorism and Insurgencies; Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice; Forensic and Mental Health; and Understanding Patterns of Action


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,310 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,140 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Team
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