Criminology MA

 

Course Code

HLST267

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2023

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

The Criminology PGDip and MA courses have been designed to give both recent graduates and practitioners currently working in the criminal justice system greater insight into the dynamic issues surrounding crime and criminal justice in the modern world.

The courses are designed to enhance your understanding and provide you with new perspectives on criminological theory and practice.

  • Applied approach designed to develop the skills required for employment in various criminal justice roles.
  • Expert speakers from agencies involved in criminal justice complement and contextualise your understanding2.
  • International perspective on crime.
  • Opportunities to participate in international field trips – previous criminology trips have included South Africa, the USA, Finland and Estonia2.
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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

The course has been designed for graduates of criminology, professionals currently working in the field and graduates of other disciplines looking to develop their career in a criminology-related field.

You will explore a broad definition of crime, considering multiple perspectives and scales, from crimes committed by one person against another to crimes perpetrated by corporations and states against whole populations.

You will explore the causes of crime and the implications for everyone affected by crime, including victims, offenders, witnesses and criminal justice staff at all stages of the criminal justice process.

You will also examine the challenges of delivering criminal justice, including global concerns over security. The global perspective is an important element of the course, including discussion of what crime is across the globe and who defines what constitutes criminality.

Throughout the course contrasting theoretical approaches are compared to engender a lively on-going debate reflective of developments in global criminology. The main purpose of the course is to support your academic, personal and professional development, aiming to prepare you for a variety of criminal justice, rehabilitation and victim support roles; as well as wider possible career destinations such as drug rehabilitation, mental health support, policy, health security and fraud investigation.

In addition to established theories, new areas of criminological concern are discussed, such as criminalisation of migration; harm to the environment; and breaching public health measures. Studying criminology on these courses is also designed to extend your awareness and understanding of the ways that globalisation has accelerated organised crime as it follows money flows, necessitating international collaboration for public protection. There is a focus on how emerging technologies impact on crime and security and links between youth, popular culture and crime. A central focus throughout is the effect of crime and social harm on communities and individuals.

How thinking on criminology has developed over time, and been refined due to new evidence and knowledge in the field is a key component of the course. You will also examine the important issue of how and when the criminal justice system has failed, through miscarriages of justice and systemic failings such as institutional racism.

During this course you will comprehensively explore criminology, examining the subject from a truly global perspective. You will investigate subjects at the cutting edge of criminology, including topics that create discussion in wider society, for example border control and drug policy. It is one of a small number of courses where you will have the chance to study forensic linguistics, which incorporates the study of the language used in court and police interviews, and the impact this has on justice. The course is taught by staff with published expertise in criminal youth gangs, drugs and forensic mental health (staff subject to change).

You will have the opportunity to go on visits to relevant destinations, such as prisons and courts and hear from guest speakers working in criminal justice roles to provide access to ‘real-world’ applications of your learning (subject to availability). On successful completion of the course you will have a detailed understanding on the key approaches to preventing, investigating and tackling crime at all levels.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited1 by the following professional bodies:

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As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the module section and on the Professional Development module homepage. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.



What you'll study

All modules are mandatory for the MA award. If you choose to study for the PGDip, all modules are mandatory, other than Critiquing and Applying Criminological Research, Criminology Research Project and Leading and Creating Organisational Health and Wellbeing.

Modules

  • This module has been designed to enable you to attain a deep understanding of the real world application of complex criminological theory. The module investigates advanced theoretical frameworks such as cultural criminology and ultrarealism through the lens of popular culture, including film, television, music and literary fiction.

    Compulsory

  • Throughout this module you will critically interrogate ideas of race and gender to examine how these feature in criminological theory and research on a global level. You will analyse both constructs in terms of their relevance to contemporary society, with a specific focus on the criminal justice system. Key areas you will examine include the causes of crime, offending and victimisation, policing, and sentencing.

    Compulsory

  • Successful completion of this module equips you with a critical understanding of contemporary issues in governance, criminal justice and security. You will draw on theoretical and practical applications of governance, with a focus on on power dynamics, questions of legitimacy, and peace and security in a post-Cold War context.

    Compulsory

  • Developing a holistic understanding of the contested and criminalised landscapes of ‘youth’ will be your key focus in this module. You will unpack the complex areas of young people as victims and offenders. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate the nature of control and policing of young people by exploring the changing nature of ‘youth’ in an increasingly globalised, insecure, and unstable world.

    Compulsory

  • This innovative module is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of how language shapes and is shaped by Criminal Justice through applications of linguistic theory to legal settings. The module draws on the intersection of linguistic and criminological theory with interviews and relevant legal interactions analysed to understand the complexities of language and identity in a legal context.

    Compulsory

  • Border Criminology is an expanding field of academic research, collaboration and policy concern. This exciting module expands the parameters of criminology and invites you to analyse borders as sites of contest, control and criminalisation. Focus on borders is used as an integrative opportunity to apply criminological theory to specific social and political contexts.

    Compulsory

  • The module offers you an opportunity for personal and professional development by encouraging self-reflection in relation to Criminology and Criminal Justice settings. A central purpose of the module is enabling you to evidence skills and knowledge and to identify priorities for change and development. It presents an opportunity for you to build resilience and emotional intelligence to become an effective practitioner within stressful environments.

    Compulsory

  • Compulsory

  • Successful completion of this module will equip you with the ability to distinguish between research methodologies and utilise appropriate methods for different criminological topics of study. The module focuses on your own research interests and requires you to consider and present research methods suitable to the context of research, for example conducting research within / on aspects of the criminal justice system, or with offenders and victims.

    (Compulsory for MA only)

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with the skills to plan and execute an independent academic research project, applying the critical knowledge you have developed from across the MA programme.

    (Compulsory for MA only)

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to provide you with a framework to effectively lead and develop people in organisations for better health and wellbeing through a range of approaches. You will explore leadership theories and culture, and the impact of health and wellbeing on organisational performance in different types of organisations. You will be given the opportunity to propose a series of recommendations to create and sustain a positive culture of health and wellbeing within an organisational context.

    (Compulsory for MA only)

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

You will be taught though a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. A case study approach is taken to enable you to apply your learning to real life scenarios.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk for more information about studying this course part-time.

The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all campuses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Teaching contact hours

Full-time students will normally have around 10 hours of lecture, workshops or blended learning each week, and approximately 2 hours in small group tutorials. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 25 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

Part time students will have half of the hours outlined above.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of innovative assessment methods designed to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and professional skills – this will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Scenario-based assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Group work

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

Undergraduate criminology students normally undertake international visits. In the past these have included New York, Krakow, Berlin, Helsinki, South Africa, Estonia. MA Criminology students have the opportunity to participate on these trips.

Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability, and meeting applicable visa and travel requirements are therefore not guaranteed2.


Entry requirements

Normally applicants must have a minimum of an honour’s degree equivalent to a 2:2, ideally in a criminology related area, but this is not essential. Applications from people without the above qualification (for example those with significant relevant professional experience) are encouraged and will be considered for entry to the course at the discretion of the Course Director and the Admission Tutor.

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Normally applicants must have a minimum of an honour’s degree equivalent to a 2:2, ideally in a criminology related area, but this is not essential. Applications from people without the above qualification (for example those with significant relevant professional experience) are encouraged and will be considered for entry to the course at the discretion of the Course Director and the Admission Tutor.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each component area

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £11,200 per year Request fee information
International £18,600 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Facilities

As part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, those that take this course on-campus will do so at our Coventry University main campus4.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Be able to evaluate international best practice in criminal justice and inter-related fields (e.g. public protection, management, care, rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders, and victim and witness support).
  • Have developed a range of skills related to careers in the criminal justice field.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of comparative theoretical approaches to criminology.
  • Have the ability to appraise contemporary interdisciplinary and emergent contributions to the study of criminology and to criminological research.
  • Have developed decision-making, initiative and personal responsibility through co-production of definitions of criminal justice and injustice.
  • Understand criminology from a global perspective.

These courses have been designed in consultation with employers within the criminal justice system and have been developed with the aim of producing graduates able to demonstrate the skills and attributes required for a range of roles in criminal justice, including probation work, police, border control, offender management and victim support.


How to apply

  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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