MA Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology

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

Course Overview

Students will have the opportunity to learn about crime, the criminal justice system and cutting edge themes in criminological debates from leading experts in the field. The MA specialises in the application of criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System and this is strongly reflected in the exciting range of diverse and cutting-edge modules on offer.

Key Features

  • The MA will equip you with knowledge of criminological theories of crime and latest international developments in criminological and criminal justice research.
  • You will learn how to apply criminological theories of crime to real life case studies to assess the scope, strengths, and limitations of the theories.
  • You will also acquire an in-depth understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system and knowledge of how social, political and economic factors interact with crime and criminal Justice policy.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

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 two years part-time, it offers you:

  • an up-to-date and high quality programme which includes some of the most important theory and research in criminal justice and criminology;
  • an opportunity to develop your ability to apply criminal justice and criminological knowledge to research and the operation of the criminal justice system;
  • an opportunity to develop and apply research methods knowledge and skills; and
  • enhanced employability for those wishing to pursue a career in the criminal justice system and for those interested in an academic or research career.

  

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements for the programme are either first or upper second class honours in a first degree, or a minimum of two years relevant and responsible experience. Applicants who have a lower second class degree may also be considered and should contact the admissions officer 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

Apply online and track your application status at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,000 £13,450
MA Part-time £2,000 £4,500

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.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

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.

Contact Details

Director of postgraduate taught masters, Dr Pamela Ugwudike p.ugwudike@swansea.ac.uk Tel: +44(0)1792 606827

Employability/Careers

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology will open the door to a range of careers, including: Local Government, Police Force, Prison Service, Social Work, Victim Support, Teaching, and Probation Service to name a few. Enhancing your career prospects whilst studying on this course, you will have a wealth of opportunities to take advantage of in order to boost your CV and form important employment links for the future. 

Additional Information

Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor who offers academic and pastoral care throughout the student’s stay in Swansea. Several lecturers invite senior criminal justice practitioners, managers, and policy makers to deliver lectures on key aspects of criminal justice policy and practice. The Department also ensures that MA students participate in social events through the Criminology Society which organises events that give students opportunities to socialise and meet others in the Department. There may also be placement and research internship opportunities available to students (subject to availability). Research internships provide opportunities for students to observe practices in a criminal justice agency and then produce their dissertation on a topic that is relevant to the work of the agency.

Meet our Students

Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle, MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology graduate

Retired Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer Peter, from Kenfig near Porthcawl, had specialised in Homicide and Serious Crime Investigation and has an extensive background in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) investigation.

“The course was challenging for me as I do not possess a first degree – a particular challenge was writing in an academic style. I overcame the challenges by applying practice and more practice – plus support from those within the College and my family. I believe the key is not worrying about every mistake you make but learning from them instead.

“I chose Swansea University because it has an excellent reputation for criminology studies and I also worked in Swansea for many years as a police officer. It was a great honour to meet people on my course from such a wide spectrum and of all ages – this was very inspiring, I was made to feel welcome by everyone involved.”