Criminology at Bath Spa University - UCAS

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Course summary

Deepen your understanding of current theories, methods and debates in criminal justice with our Master’s in Criminology.

  • Boost your career opportunities within policing and criminal justice, or prepare for further postgraduate research.
  • Become familiar with evaluation and evidence-based practice and its increasing importance in the workplace.
  • Join the conversation – your research and reflections could help shape the dialogue around current issues.
Want to work in the criminal justice sector? Or do you already work in policing or criminal justice, and want to progress your career? Gain an advanced understanding of current debates in criminology, in areas such as crime investigation, offender interventions and the ageing prison population. You’ll learn the theories and methods of research, and become familiar with evidence-based practice – which is increasingly important in criminal justice and policing careers. This Master's in Criminology is also available via distance learning.


MSc Criminology is split into three trimesters, taught across either one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). You’ll begin by looking at advanced theory and contemporary issues in crime and justice, before progressing to the research and evaluation-based modules of the course. In your final trimester, you’ll complete your dissertation.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, practical projects and presentations. You’ll also complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic that you’ll choose in consultation with a supervisor. Your dissertation topic might be an area of interest that has emerged through your studies, or it could be linked to your current professional role and career aspirations.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a passion and enthusiasm for the subject of criminology. You should have a willingness to engage with the issues of crime, justice and punishment. You'll study with an open mind when considering theories and evidence. We also welcome those who are motivated to use their knowledge and skills to make a difference in the field of practice. This course is suitable for anyone with a good honours degree in Criminology or a related discipline. We'll also consider applicants who are new to the field, or who have relevant work experience. If English is not your first language, you'll need to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. The Admissions Team assesses applications individually, but for postgraduate courses we're looking for an IELTS score of between 6.0-7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8595 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8595 Year 1
Scotland £8595 Year 1
Wales £8595 Year 1
Channel Islands £8595 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8595 Year 1
EU £15905 Year 1
International £15905 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Criminology at Bath Spa University - UCAS