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MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of criminal justice systems and processes, as well as the crime problems and trends that these respond to;

2. Develop a critical awareness of interdisciplinary contributions, including conceptual, theoretical and empirical, at the forefront of studies of criminal justice and criminology;

3. Think analytically about criminal justice policy and practice, applying existing evidence bases in order to evaluate both effectiveness and a range of wider consequences;

4. Identify the development of specific social science research methods; utilising these to demonstrate nuanced awareness of a specific criminal justice and/or criminology theme within a dissertation project.

Skills Learning Outcomes
By the end of this programme students will:

1. Master critical and creative thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources

2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, explain and apply your discipline

3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments

4. Be able to make effective use of digital tools to develop your academic, personal and professional skills

5. Be confident communicating persuasively to a diverse range of audiences

6. Be skilled in organisation and effective planning, being equipped to manage competing demands and manage time successfully

7. Distinguish the varying research processes and be able to undertake your own independent research


This programme is designed to provide you with an inclusive and authentic, programme-level package of assessment and feedback activities that will effectively scaffold learning and cultivate the knowledge and skills that you need to fulfil your aspirations. We prioritise assessment for learning by investing in practice (formative) assessment activities and providing individual feedback to help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in readiness for your end of module (summative) assessments.

Each module is assessed separately, and assessments are designed to align with the programme’s learning outcomes, providing a comprehensive and authentic evaluation of your skills and knowledge. Written assignments play a central role, assessing your ability to conduct independent research, critically analyse information, and articulate complex ideas. Such assignments encourage in-depth engagement with module content, demonstrating advanced understanding and engagement with current issues and research in the field.

At the culmination of your studies, you will carry out a dissertation in a research area of your choice. This significant piece of research work will provide an opportunity for you to showcase your ability to synthesise information, critically evaluate contemporary debates, and articulate your findings comprehensively.


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