Criminology and Criminal Justice, MA


The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice is a postgraduate programme that offers a wide approach to the study of crime and the criminal justice system. It will suit anyone who has an interest in studying the complex and fascinating areas of crime and law enforcement.

Why study criminology with us?

Crime and Criminal Justice are often the source of heated debate. These topics feature prominently in the media and are often the focus of social and political interest. The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice offers you the opportunity to join this debate in an informed and skilled way. 

In this programme, you will explore contemporary criminological approaches to crime and crime control, using cutting edge theory and research. You will analyse the interaction between the different agencies that work within the Criminal Justice system, such as prisons or the police. You will also have the possibility of engaging with experienced practitioners in law enforcement and the administration of justice.  

During the programme you will:

  • Gain a critical understanding of the complex and interactive nature of the criminal justice system
  • Develop in depth knowledge of the importance of criminology in studying and understanding the criminal justice system
  • Benefit from University staff and guest speakers with specialised academic and professional backgrounds
  • Carry out a substantial piece of research in an area of your interest, related to criminology and the criminal justice system
  • Participate in the development of a growing research community
  • Graduate at Canterbury Cathedral
  • Learn in an integrated community of academics and professionals
  • Benefit from excellent student support
  • Engage with enthusiastic and research active staff 
  • Use our purpose built, state-of-the-art library and e-library services


Learning in an integrated community of academics and professionals

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice offers regular sessions by guest speakers who are experts in specific areas of the criminal justice system. The programme also offers you the opportunity to engage with staff who work on other programmes, such as the MSc Policing, with the Police Academy of the Netherlands.

Our staff| is widely published and research active. Recent projects developed by our staff include writing a number of Wiki entries for the NPIA, the evaluation of dispersal areas with Thanet District Council Community Safety Unit and the evaluation and development of Restorative Justice work with Sheppey Prison.


What our students say

 “Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my Masters degree and am so happy I decided to continue studying at Canterbury Christ Church. I am very appreciative of all of the staff on my course and have found their willingness to help and provide assistance notably outstanding.”

Katie Grier, MA Criminology and Criminal Justice


You can choose to study on a full-time (one year) and part-time (two or three years) basis. For more information on our staff, please click here. To download a prospectus and information on the content of the modules that we offer, click here.


For more information on the programme and to download an application for, please click here|.

All enquiries should be directed to the programme administrator, Lauren Dale (|) or the programme director, Sofia Graca (|).