Policing and Applied Criminology

MA Criminology and Criminal Justice

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice enables you to combine the study of contemporary issues in the criminal justice system with theoretical approaches to the study of crime. It has many applications but will be of particular interest if you are keen to enter or develop a career in the justice system.

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice has six 20 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Each module comprises a taught element (including lecture and seminar) and associated assessment, and has a series of defined learning outcomes which are assessed as part of the course requirements.

You'll begin with two core modules providing an informed overview of crime, criminology and the criminal justice system. These will be complemented by four further modules in areas such as Punishment and Penology, Policing and Community Safety and Research Design, Procedure and Analysis, and a final dissertation.

On successful completion of the initial three 20 credit modules you may exit the programme with the award of Postgraduate Certificate. On completing a further 60 credits you may exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

Students acquire specialised knowledge in areas such as research analysis, probation and the prison system, policing and many others that may be useful to pursue a variety of positions within the justice system and enhance current and future career prospects.

Dimensions of Crime (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop your critical appreciation of both the different forms that crime takes and the different approaches to analysing its causes and effects.

Criminal Justice: Themes and Issues (20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the contemporary criminal justice system and the associated themes, issues and dilemmas which impact on criminal justice policy.

Understanding Criminology (20 credits)

The module has two main aims; first, to explore the inter-disciplinary nature of criminology and its relationship to different research agendas. Second, it aims to investigate the increasingly complex political and ethical contexts within which such research occurs.

Research Design, Procedure and Analysis (20 credits)

The module aims to provide a critical and appreciative knowledge of the research methods used in the study of crime and the criminal justice system. It will provide you with an in-depth critical knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Punishment and Penology (20 credits)

This module has two main aims; first, to introduce you to conflicting ideologies of punishment and, second, to allow you a critical appreciation of the persistent themes and issues associated with both imprisonment and community punishment.

Policing and Community Safety (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to contemporary issues in, and strategies of, policing drawing on practice, policy and theory.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation is the final component of the MA and builds upon themes and issues covered in the core module Research Design, Procedure and Analysis. It involves you undertaking a supervised research-based project, written up in the form of a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to pursue an area of specific interest to you.


The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas




£2,745 (90 credits ) / £1,855 (60 credits)


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Essays, presentations, literature reviews, project initiation documents and dissertation.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Please note: A curriculum vitae detailing your educational and professional background is required, together with a statement outlining your reasons for studying the course.

The Programme Director will arrange for all suitable applicants to be interviewed (by telephone or in person). Applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous educational attainment and present expertise and potential, together with evidence of their commitment to Master’s level study and their willingness and ability to study as part of a group.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Programme Director, Sofia Graca: sofia.graca@canterbury.ac.uk

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  • 1 year full-time
    2 or 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Candidates for this programme are normally expected to have a good honours degree in a relevant area. Candidates with other degrees or relevant professional qualifications may also apply, but additional criteria may be set for admission onto the programme.



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