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MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology(Part-Time)

Year 2

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

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.


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