Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Criminology and Criminal Justice (Taught)

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Course summary

The fascinating discipline of Criminology addresses crime, criminal harms and justice and their impact on people at local, national and global levels. Taught by experts whose wide-ranging research provides expert insight into criminal justice issues at national and international levels, our MA covers the latest criminological theories, trends and developments in crime, criminal justice, and governance. You’ll be prepared for careers in law enforcement, planning, policy, social work, charity, advocacy and more. Should you wish to undertake PhD study or focus on research, we offer a research methods intensive pathway designed to meet UK government postgraduate funding criteria. Why choose this course?

  • Keele is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world for Criminology (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and research-led teaching drawing on experiences with government, third sector, police, prison, probation and youth justice services
  • Flexible block teaching delivery allows you to study, continuing to work full-time or balance any other personal or professional commitments
  • An approved route for PhD study, the research methods pathway responds to growing demand for research and evaluation across public, private and third sector
  • Opportunities to hear from guest lecturers, when possible, previously from the police, offender housing, community safety, and those working with victims of domestic or sexual violence
Criminology addresses urgent contemporary events - from policing, civil disorder, migration and border security, to probation, imprisonment and sentencing - and their impact on people locally, nationally or internationally. The principles, theories and research covered on this MA aim to help us – as individuals and society – better understand the causes and effects of crime, offending and penal sanctions, generating the insight needed to inform social policy development and criminal justice practice. This course will be of interest to anyone motivated to make the world a safer place to live and work, whether seeking to reduce and better control crime, or by helping to create and deliver a fair justice process. It will be particularly relevant if you currently or would like to work in criminal justice, community safety, policy, research, rehabilitation, victim support or similar fields. We welcome applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree in any area of the social sciences (broadly defined), law, or forensics. Applicants with equivalent professional or career experience are also welcome. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


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Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree at 2:2 class or higher (or international equivalent) in one of the humanities or social sciences subjects (e.g. law, criminal justice, criminology, sociology, history, political science). However, applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students for whom English is a second language will need English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS test scores (or equivalent).

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From Wednesday 5 July: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (weekdays only) Thursday 17 August: 8.00 am - 8.00 pm Friday 18 August: 8.30 am - 6.00 pm Saturday 19 August: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Sunday 20 August: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm From Monday 21 August: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm ( weekdays only)

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