University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Crime and Justice

The course provides an understanding of issues relating to crime and the criminal justice system, enhancing your career in this and related fields. Tuition draws upon the expertise of research staff in the University's well established Centre for Criminology. You will examine a range of crimes and criminal behaviour, the context of crime and responses to it. In addition to core areas of study, you can choose modules and/or pathways to suit your career development. You will explore an area of interest to you, through a 20,000-word dissertation, and gain a thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree in a social science, or related discipline. Applicants with established professional experience will be considered on an individual basis via the accreditation of prior learning (APL) or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) mechanism (university regulations will apply). The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Criminological theory; criminal justice (theory and practice); approaches to criminological research; criminological research in practice; dissertation. Optional modules include: Violence and homicide; policing in a global age; drug interventions (specified for substance misuse pathway); youth justice and offender management (specified for youth and offender management pathway).

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, critiques, written examinations, multiple choice tests, and oral and poster presentations. The MSc award requires a dissertation of around 20,000 words on an individual piece of research, which may be work-related.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Treforest Campus Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales

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