Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


Our MSc Criminology degree course is the perfect way to take your interest in the field further – whether you're already working and want to advance your career, or a graduate who wants to take their studies to Master's level.

On this course, you'll develop your understanding of the origins, principles and concepts of key theoretical approaches, explore the political and sociological influences on crime, and get to grips with the changing nature of criminology.

You'll tailor your studies and choose between additional specialisms including counter fraud, security and cybercrime, so that your final award matches your interests and career ambitions.

You can choose to study this course full or part-time, either on campus or through distance learning. 

When you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge for a career in organisations including criminal justice agencies, local and central government, think tanks, the voluntary sector and non-governmental organisations.

On this course, you'll: 

  • Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Draw on the expertise and facilities in our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers
  • Complete a major project, based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic staff who are experts in the field

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, your career path will depend on the specialism you choose. You'll have the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the field of criminology, as well as transferable skills which are valuable in other professions.

Career opportunities include:

  • Policing (as an officer or civilian staff)
  • Crime analysis
  • Security
  • Probation
  • The courts and prison service
  • Youth offending support officer
  • Emergency planning officer
  • Academia and research
  • Charities
  • Private industry
  • Crime prevention
  • Community safety
  • Victim support

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your criminology skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.



Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • individual and group projects
  • online materials

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case study
  • literature review
  • research proposal
  • dissertation or major project

Apply for this course using our online application form.

Note you're applying for MSc Criminal Justice – you'll graduate with a MSc Criminology degree title when you choose the relevant modules at the start of the course.