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Crime, Safety and Justice (MSc)

12 months (Full-time) / 24 months (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

The overall aim and distinctive quality of the scheme is to produce postgraduates capable of ‘problem-solving’ in the fields of crime, safety and justice. As such, the structure of the scheme is based on the ‘SARA’ mnemonic (‘Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment’) which is familiar in policing and crime prevention practice as well as in the academy in applied as well as in basic criminological research. The scheme also aims to develop research skills by providing training in research methods and to maximise career prospects by providing transferable skills.

Special Features

Course Description

The purpose of the MSc in Crime, Safety and Justice is to provide, within a research-led environment, an education and, where appropriate, training for each student which:

More specifically the Programme (Scheme) aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

Course Structure

This course is a 180 credit taught MSc programme, including a research-based dissertation worth 60 credits. The modules that comprise the taught first part of the programme (120 credits) employ a diverse range of teaching including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent guided study.

There is also the possibility of choosing up to one 20 credit module from the same or from other programmes in and outside of the school. Potential options outside of the school include:

The final part of the programme comprises a research-based dissertation (60 credits) for which students are allocated a tutor with whom they meet on a regular basis.

Skills Acquired

The general shift from subject-centred to problem-oriented learning reflects, in part, the interests of prospective employers in graduates with the skill set to apply subject specific knowledge about crime, safety and justice to the analysis of, and response to, particular instances of these problems in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. There is also an increasing demand for graduates with evaluative skills to assess the outcomes not just the outputs of the responses made by prospective employers to these problems. In this regard, it is anticipated that the career prospects for graduates from this programme could include the following:

Job Roles: crime analysts, security managers, crime prevention partnership co-ordinators, community safety managers, pressure group campaigners, loss prevention officers.

Public Sector: police, local authorities, environment agencies, food standard agencies, health and safety executive, public health organisations, offender management services.

Voluntary Sector: retail companies (e.g. clothing stores, electronic goods, supermarkets), financial services, commercial security organisations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an upper second class degree or higher in arts, humanities or social sciences. Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates with an undergraduate degree in Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Law, Politicsa, Psychology and Social Sciences, as well as from graduates in any arts, humanities or social science discipline.

Applicants without an upper second class degree in a relevant subject but with significant professional expertise and experience of working in policing, criminal justice or community safety are encouraged to provide a supporting statement outlining their expertise and experience.

There is no formal deadline for admission to this course.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must obtain an IELTS score of 6.5, with no subscore below 5.5. Full details of Cardiff University's English Language requirements can be found here.

How to Apply

From February 2014, applications should be made via the Online Applications Service.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Adam Edwards  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74174 

Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74175 


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