School of Law, Criminology and Government

MSc Criminology

Study criminology at an advanced level and gain a relevant, in-depth and sophisticated understanding of contemporary criminological theory, as well as the necessary skills to strengthen your competence as a learner and practitioner. Benefit from a flexible approach to learning, studying the course where and when you want to. Explore and explain the causes of crime through theoretical approaches, in practice or via work-based learning, and open the door to a successful and fulfilling career.

You will engage with real world problems and issues. You will be inspired by renowned external speakers, student presenters and core lectures at our bespoke symposiums. You’ll also participate in contemporary and relevant applied criminological research through our strategic partnerships with regional, national or international criminal justice agencies and rights organisations. You will find career opportunities in a diverse range of settings.

Key features

  • Engage with real world problems and issues - the MSc Criminology adopts a problem-based approach to learning.
  • Be inspired by renowned external speakers, student presenters and core lectures at our bespoke symposiums.
  • Learn from internationally recognised, research-active staff who ensure the programme is at the cutting edge of developments in criminological theory and criminal justice policy and practice.
  • Benefit from a blended learning environment which provides supportive and flexible learning, suitable for traditional, distance and part-time learning.
  • Participate in contemporary and relevant applied criminological research through our strategic partnerships with regional (police, youth justice, probation), national (Howard League for Penal Reform, Children’s Rights Alliance, Prison Reform Trust) or international (Amnesty International, United Nations High Commission on Human Rights) criminal justice agencies and rights organisations.
  • Choose a career in the private, public or third sector – highly transferable skills mean you will find career opportunities in a diverse range of settings.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • During this year you will study core modules in criminological theory and research design, covering the advanced study of critical and theoretical perspectives within criminology and criminal justice and preparing you for writing a dissertation. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules which reflect key areas of interest within criminology, including anti-social behaviour, comparative victimology, crime and the city, women crime and criminal justice, and innovations in global justice. Gain a relevant, advanced and sophisticated understanding of contemporary criminology, and the skills necessary to strengthen your competencies as both a learner and practitioner.
    Core modules
    • CRIM714 Criminology Theory

      This module identifies core criminological theories and concepts from an advanced perspective. It allows students the opportunity to develop critical responses to existing criminological theoretical discourses. Students can flexibly and creatively apply theoretical ideas within unfamiliar contexts.

    • CRIM715 Criminology Research

      This module consists of two distinct elements. In the first element, dilemmas and issues arising from different criminological research methodologies are explored and analysed. In the second element, the application of different methodological approaches to policy and practice issues is assessed and analysed.

    • CRIM732 MSc Criminology Dissertation

      The dissertation module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a supervised, self-directed, research project of around 15,000 words on any criminologically pertinent topic of their choice, independent of the modules they have studied. It will make use of the IT, library, and other research and scholarly skills learned within the Criminological Research module and developed through subsequent modules.

    • CRIM739 Crime, Culture, and Global Society

      This module considers crime within the context of wider society and culture. In doing so the module examines the impact of late modern social change on crime and deviance, particularly focusing on: leisure, consumerism and harm; protest and social movement, and; urban environments.

    • CRIM740 Governance, Policing, Penality

      This module sets out the contemporary nature of governance in society that informs criminal justice processes and practices. The module specifically focuses on how policing and penality occur within a pluralising environment by considering how `white collar¿ and young people are treated as offenders.

    • CRIM741 Vulnerability, Criminalisation, Inequality

      This module examines how vulnerabilities manifest in late modern society via processes of criminalisation that are a consequence of structural inequalities. The module considers how different identity groups experience crime and justice and how crime issues arise that augment that vulnerability.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Criminology 16 17 4813

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

You should have a second-class honours degree or equivalent, or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

INTERNATIONAL

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes.


Fees, costs and funding

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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

For more information please see: www.plymouth.ac.uk/money

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

External examiner view

The programme is at the cutting edge of developments in the field, and I was particularly pleased to see modules such as crimes of the powerful, race, surveillance and gender, offering an enticing suite of options and pathways for students.

Rowland Atkinson, external examiner

Meet the tutor - Dr Oliver Smith

As Programme Leader of MSc Criminology, Dr Oliver Smith’s research interests are in the utilisation of urban drinking spaces, and the cultural and aesthetic attachments that people form to night time alcohol-based leisure practices.

Oliver is particularly interested in the erosion of traditional adulthood, destabilisation of identity, cultural narcissism and infantilisation.

Learn more about Dr Oliver Smith

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It’s our students that make us different. Prepare to join a very active community of engaged students. In partnership with our people they are the driving force behind Plymouth University’s internationally recognised focus on social enterprise and sustainability, as well as one of the best students' unions in the UK.

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Research projects

Engage in contemporary, relevant and applied criminological research, through the completion of your dissertation. Pursue your own research idea or work on one of a number of existing research questions.

Collaborate on one of our strategic partnerships with regional, national and international criminal justice agencies and rights organisations.

Teaching

Study either full time or part time, with a combination of distance learning and face-to-face contact. View podcasts, engage in online discussions and access a wide range of materials and resources.

Designed to suit your lifestyle, flexibility and community are at the heart of our teaching.

Find out more about our MSc Criminology programme

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a method of educational delivery in which students learn through a combination of online digital media and traditional classroom-based methods. On the MSc Criminology programme at Plymouth University, the vast majority of your learning will take place within our own Digital Learning Environment (DLE). Your lecturers will provide online podcasts, vodcasts as a form of ‘digital lecturing’ and students will be required to engage in online discussion forums as a type of digital seminar. 

This online learning will be supplemented by symposium events. These are conference style events that take place three times a year, with each symposium event lasting two-three days. These involve traditional lectures and seminars, workshop sessions, and invited guest speakers who are experts in the field to present their cutting-edge research. Students will also have the opportunity to communicate with staff via email, or through face-to-face supervision meetings. This style of learning is deliberately flexible and student-led, suitable to those with work, parenting or carer commitments.

Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

The Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships of £1,000 are awarded to selected students undertaking postgraduate study each year.

The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply

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