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 2:1

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 with 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 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


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

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

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

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


Whether you are:

  • A practitioner working in the criminal justice system
  • A police officer
  • A researcher wishing to gain a firm foundation for a research degree at an ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership institution, 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 or three years part-time, you will gain a range of skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Small lecture groups will 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

Candidates for the MA programme should hold either first or upper second-class honours in a relevant undergraduate degree. However, applicants who have a lower second-class degree may also be considered, subject to their work and study-related experience. Such candidates should contact the Programme Director Dr Anthony Charles for more information.

Candidates without an undergraduate degree may be considered, if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience, for example as a serving police officer. Please contact the Programme Director Dr Anthony Charles for further information.

All applicants should, via their application, evidence that they are capable of academic work at Master’s level, which can be challenging.

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.

How To Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for one of our postgraduate programmes is to apply online at: 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:

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 £3,400 £7,000
MA Part-time £2,250 £4,700

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

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery, books, printing, dissertation binding and photocopying costs.

Fees and Funding

Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Course Structure & Assessment

The course consists of Part One (120 credits) and Part Two (60 credits).

During Part One you will study a range of taught modules, which are usually 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.

Careers and Employability

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

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Additional Information

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

  • A designated Academic Mentor and dissertation supervisor 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

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, which has been 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.“