MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology(Part-Time)
(Award available for year: Master of Science)
On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:- to demonstrate detailed, specialist knowledge of concepts and issues that are at the forefront of contemporary understandings of crime, criminal justice and criminology;- to exhibit a sound understanding of and competence in the exercise of research methods and skills; - to be a proactive, self-directed scholar; - to think critically and analytically about criminological theories, criminal justice policy and criminal justice practice;- to present their arguments in a clear, cogent and well-evidenced manner, both orally and in writing;- to conduct original (library-based or empirical) research to support the production of an extended piece of written work (i.e. the 15,000-word dissertation).
Transferable (key) skills
Masters (Taught) students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- to read, understand, synthesise and evaluate a wide range of source materials (e.g. policy documents, practice guidelines, academic texts, etc);- a sound understanding of and competence in the exercise of research methods and skills;- proactive, independent learning skills; - critical and analytical thinking skills;- advanced writing skills;- the ability to make an evidence-based case in a persuasive manner both orally and in writing.
Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to criminal justice issues;- drawing on a range of perspectives as presented in the academic literature, policy documents etc on criminal justice topics;- evaluating received opinion;- considering the merits and weaknesses of different sources of data;- make sound judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made by those with a particular, possibly biased, viewpoint.