Criminology at London Metropolitan University - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study this course? Our Criminology MSc degree will allow you to develop an advanced knowledge of crime and offenders, as well as assess contemporary trends and concepts in criminal justice policy and community safety. You'll explore approaches to crime control within the community and penal institutions to gain the skills required to conduct research within the field of crime and criminal justice. This level of knowledge can prepare you for doctoral study or research posts within the criminal justice arena, but it's also ideal for consolidating your professional experience. More about this course The course looks at criminology from both a theoretical and an applied perspective, covering areas including criminal justice, prisons, crime prevention, and crime and offender patterns. You’ll apply research methods and techniques such as assessing patterns in specific forms of crimes and offending behaviour, and considering the prevalence, characteristics and typologies of specific types of offence. You’ll also critically assess recent and current policies and practices with crime control and community safety. Option modules will allow you to develop a specialism in a field that interests you, such as intelligence analysis, psychology and crime, sexual violence, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and urban patterns. London Met invites visiting professors and experts in criminal justice and criminal areas to the University to share their expertise. These guest visits complement the knowledge of our academics who are actively engaged in areas research including street crime, gangs and police body cameras. Their expertise will support you when undertaking your dissertation in criminology and criminal justice. By the end of the course you’ll be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicating your conclusions clearly.


Example modules include: Contemporary Issues in Criminology (core, 20 credits); Crime Control and Community Safety (core, 20 credits); Criminological Research Methods (core, 20 credits); Criminology Dissertation (core, 60 credits); Terrorism and Counter Terrorism (core, 20 credits); Crime, Risk and Early Intervention (option, 20 credits); Explaining Violence (option, 20 credits); Psychology and Crime (option, 20 credits); Transnational Organised Crime (option, 20 credits); Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions (20 credits).

Assessment method

You will be assessed through essays, projects and examinations. Most work is assessed by essays and the dissertation is between 12,000 and 15,000 words which is to be completed over the summer study period. The dissertation forms a key element of the course and allows you to pursue in-depth a topic of your choosing.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have a lower second honours degree (or above) in a relevant discipline such as criminology or social and behavioural sciences, or experience in criminal justice or relevant professional qualifications. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1170 Module
Northern Ireland £1170 Module
Scotland £1170 Module
Wales £1170 Module
EU £2020 Module
International £2020 Module
Channel Islands £2020 Module
Republic of Ireland £2020 Module

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Criminology at London Metropolitan University - UCAS