Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The next entry point for this course will be in October 2014. There will be no programme running in the 2013/14 academic year.
The MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides students with analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and practical understanding of the settings in which crime and justice policies are devised and implemented both in the UK and internationally.
- Interdisciplinary in nature, it draws upon the perspectives of law, sociology, psychology, political science, and economics.
- The staff are nationally and internationally renowned for cutting-edge research and writing on both specialist and general topics.
The MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice is the second longest running masters programme in Criminology in Britain (after Cambridge). The programme has an international reputation, and a significant number of students have come from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Continental Europe. Many alumni are in careers closely connected to criminology and criminal justice, and include successful government researchers, university lecturers, police, probation and prison officers, anti-corruption investigators, community safety officials, psychologists and barristers. From the programme's inception, staff have successfully maintained links with criminal justice and community agencies to develop research of relevance to criminal justice policy and practice.
The MSc is taught by internationally renowned scholars in one of the foremost criminology research groups in the UK. The programme is interdisciplinary in nature and draws upon the perspectives of law, sociology, social policy, psychology, political science, and economics.
- Theories of Crime and Criminal Behaviour
- Police and Policing
- Sentencing and Penal Theory
- Contemporary Criminological Practice
- The Principles and Practice of Research Design
- Criminal Justice in Europe
- Legal Theory
- Dissertation (20,000 words)
Past dissertation titles have included:
- ‘Cyberstalking: A Socio-legal Perspective’
- ‘"Just blame us": the victimization of a gypsy and traveller community living in South Wales’.
- ‘Prisoners in space: exploring spatial controls and resistances in a carceral setting’.
- ‘Occupational Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Police Officers’.
- ‘Tackling the Ghost: Organised Crime and Its Control’
- ‘Opening the Closet Door: A Peek into Same-Sex Partner Violence’
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law & Justice
Students accepted onto the degree also become members of the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice. Academic members of the Centre are actively involved in research in a variety of areas including organised and economic/white collar crime, private policing, domestic violence, hate crime, the risk management of dangerous offenders, Crime and Disorder Partnerships, crime prevention initiatives for young people, cybercrime and transnational influences on UK crime-control policy. The Centre meets at least once a month and provides a vibrant academic and supportive environment to all postgraduate students.
The course lasts for twelve months (October - September). The taught coursework takes place over two semesters (October - June). The dissertation is begun in the second semester but is completed during the summer months. The summer is a period of independent research with one to one supervision.
Candidates should normally have an upper second class degree but strengths in other areas will be considered; or an equivalent qualification. In addition, applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course. Where English is not the applicant's first language, we do require a minimum IELTS score of 7 or above (including a score of at least 6.5 in the reading and writing element).
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. There is no deadline.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Full Time for 2013/14
International Full Time for 2013/14
Next intake: October 2014
Name: Masters Programmes Office, School of Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4294
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175