The Masters in Criminology introduces the theoretical and conceptual resources relevant to the study of crime, criminal justice and crime policy. It provides advanced training in social research methods.
* MRes: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
* PgDip9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
The MRes is an ideal pathway towards a PhD and a career in academia. It will also prepare you for a career in research or policy development; especially with those public agencies and voluntary organisations concerned with crime prevention and community safety.
The four core courses and two optional courses provide you with in-depth knowledge of current criminological issues and refine your social research abilities. For the MRes you will apply your analytical and research skills to a specialised topic and produce a dissertation.
* Understanding and explaining crime and social control
* Research and enquiry in crime and criminal justice
* Social science statistics 1
* Qualitative research methods.
At least one must be taken from the following
* Criminal justice: global challenges
* Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
* Penology and punishment
* Crime, media and popular culture
* Crime and community safety
* Criminological perspectives on security
* The global criminal economy.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.