Crime, Safety and Justice (MSc)
12 months (Full-time) / 24 months (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
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.
- Informed by the priorities of the national College of Policing;
- Informed by a dialogue with members of the School of Social Sciences external advisory group, including representatives from the police, local government and other regulatory agencies with an interest in issues of crime and community safety;
- Includes, when possible, guest lectures from analysts concerned with issues of community safety in outside agencies such as the police, local government and other relevant agencies such as the Environment Agency and Food Standards Agency.
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:
- Develops the student’s knowledge, experience, specialist and transferable skills to a level appropriate to the qualification taken;
- Fulfils the student’s intellectual potential;
- Provides for personal growth;
- Maximises career prospects;
More specifically the Programme (Scheme) aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
- Acquire advanced transferable employment-related skills, particularly related to the SARA model;
- Explore the applications of social research to crime, safety and justice.
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.
- Research Design and Methods;
- Critical Perspectives in Social Science;
- Researching Crime, Safety and Justice;
- Responses to Crime, Safety and Justice.
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:
- Criminal Justice in Europe;
- Legal Theory.
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.
- • Demonstrate a critical understanding of how problems of crime, safety and justice can be investigated or ‘scanned’;
- • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of how evidence about problems of crime, safety and justice can be analysed, interpreted, communicated and criticised;
- • Demonstrate a critical understanding of policing, punishment and prevention strategies for responding to problems of crime, safety and justice;
- • Demonstrate a critical understanding of social environments for problem-solving, including tensions between the scientific and political drivers of responses to problems of crime, safety and justice;
- • Demonstrate a critical understanding of evidence-based approaches to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of responses to crime, safety and justice;
- • Show an in-depth comprehension of what research strategies, designs and methods of investigation can be used to evidence problems of crime, safety and justice;
- • Undertake oral, written and ICT presentations that are evidence-based, theoretically informed and demonstrate competence in the use and evaluation of criminological and criminal justice concepts;
- • Participate actively in informed debate and group discussion concerning the range of criminological and criminal justice topics covered in the scheme.
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.
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.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Adam Edwards
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74174
Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74175