MA Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology

Learn from experts and become a specialist

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview

Our MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology will help you become a specialist - applying criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System.

Learn about crime, the criminal justice system and cutting edge themes in criminological debates from leading experts in the field and choose from an exciting range of contemporary modules.

Key Features

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology offers students:

  • An in-depth understanding of criminological theories of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of international developments in criminological and criminal justice research
  • An opportunity to study the impact of social, political and economic factors on crime and criminal justice policy 
  • Enhanced employability for a career in criminal justice, academia, or research

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASCM43Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation ( Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology)

Description

Whether you are a practitioner working in the criminal justice system, a researcher wishing to gain a firm foundation for a research degree in an ESRC recognised Doctoral Training Centre, or an undergraduate aspiring to a career in criminal justice, our Masters-level degree in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology is for you!

Taught over one year full-time or three years part-time, you'll gain a range of skills in a supportive environment. 

The small lecture groups offer you the chance to voice your opinion and share ideas and will often feature guest speakers in the form of senior criminal justice practitioners, managers, and policy makers.   

Entry Requirements

You will need to hold either first or upper second class honours in a first degree, or have a minimum of two years relevant and responsible experience.

However, applicants who have a lower second class degree may also be considered and should contact the Programme Director Dr Anthony Charles for more information.

Applicants without a degree will need to show that they are capable of academic work at Master’s level. Applicants whose first language is neither English nor Welsh are required to provide evidence of English proficiency. The programme requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and we will only consider a score below this in very exceptional circumstances.

How To Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for one of our postgraduate programmes is to apply online at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

However, if you prefer, you can request an application pack by post from:

Postgraduate Admissions Office, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP Tel: +44 (0)1792 295358 or Dr Anthony Charles Programme Director: A.D.Charles@swansea.ac.uk

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,800 £14,000
MA Part-time
MA Part-time £3,400 £7,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

Course Structure & Assessment

The course consists of Part One (120 credits) and Part Two (60 credits). In Part One you study a range of taught modules which are assessed by a written assignment (usually an essay of not more than 4000 words. 

All modules are delivered by research-active staff with particular expertise in the subject area. 

Part Two consists of a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. You will produce your dissertation on a criminological topic of your own choice under the guidance of a personal supervisor. You can opt to undertake a ‘classic’ written dissertation, or an empirically-based study.

Employability/Careers

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology will open the door to a wide variety of careers in the public, private and third sectors.

Crim PG future careers

Additional Information

We offer our students the best support both in and out of lectures. This includes:

  • A designated Personal Tutor to offer academic and pastoral care
  • Social events organised by the student-led Criminology Society
  • Placement and research internship opportunities (subject to availability)

Contact Details

Director of postgraduate taught masters, Dr Anthony Charles A.D.Charles@swansea.ac.uk Tel: +44(0)1792 606056

Meet our student, Nia

Nia Baker MA Crim

Nia Baker
MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

“The excellent quality of teaching and the support offered by the staff at Swansea is outstanding. Their expertise and guidance has enabled me to refine my academic skills - invaluable for assessed work and active enjoyment of the course.

My achievements and sense of personal growth during my undergraduate and postgraduate study at Swansea University have inspired me to pursue my studies even further and apply for a PhD within the Criminology Department.

Whether you are experiencing academic problems around assessment or personal issues, no matter how big or small, staff in the Department are ready to support you. You will be appointed a personal tutor who will organise regular meetings with you to discuss your progress, address any problems you are facing and ensure the course is meeting your expectations.“