Criminology: Applied Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

This MSc Criminology is developed for students wanting to make a positive impact on society by gaining a comprehensive understanding of criminal behaviour, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. You will be equipped with a specialist and interdisciplinary understanding of topics related to crime, social order and deviance from a variety of backgrounds, including criminology, sociology and social and legal psychology and will gain skills that will enable you to progress to a career related to eg. criminal justice, security, or in academia. The course consists of core modules in criminology and combine these with specialist modules in applied criminology. The curriculum covers real life issues such as domestic abuse, youth violence and aggression, criminal governance, police legitimisation, collective action, gender and social change. The dissertation on this course will include a placement in an organisation such as HM Prisons or youth centres. The Department of Law and Criminology is home to a number of research areas, and you’ll be taught by academics who are experts in their fields. Areas of research include crime and punishment, families and children and our Institute for the Study of Power, Crime and Society, which is dedicated to studying illegal and criminal dynamics of power in the broader social context. Through the MSc Criminology: Applied Criminology you’ll:

  • Develop a critical awareness of the various approaches to criminology
  • Learn about applied and fundamental scientific issues concerning crime and social control
  • Spend time on a placement related to your dissertation
  • Gain generic and specialist employability skills, with the ability to pursue careers in both the criminal justice system and in academia
  • From time to time, we make changes to our courses to improve the student and learning experience, and this is particularly the case as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. If we make a significant change to your chosen course, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £20500 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £20500 Year 1

Additional fee information

These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree (if longer than one year’s duration). This means that the overall cost of studying the course part-time will be slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. This figure is the fee for EU and international students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25. Find out more ( These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.
Criminology: Applied Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS