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PMCRMLGY - MSc Criminology

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Science Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Advanced Diploma in Professional Development
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS  
Part-time 2 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

This is a taught Masters programme which has face to face seminar and lectures on each of its modules. These are supported by our e-learning web facility Weblearn where PowerPoint presentations additional reading materials and online tutorials can be provided. All students also are offered personal one to one tutorials to plan work or receive feedback.

Course aims

This course is designed to develop within students an advanced knowledge of criminology and criminal justice. More specifically, it will inculcate:

  1. An ability to understand and evaluate contemporary trends and concepts in crime and criminal justice

  1. An advanced understanding of the principles and developments of crime control and community safety

  1. The methodological and analytic skills required to conduct research within the generic fields of criminology and criminal justice.

  1. An advanced understanding of specific academic fields that form part of, or are allied to, criminology and criminal justice

A level of knowledge and skill with which students can prepare for doctoral research or research posts within the criminal justice arena.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply methods and techniques appropriate to their own research or advanced scholarship in Criminology
  2. apply knowledge with originality, based on a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Criminology
  3. evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Criminology.
  4. evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses
  5. deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  6. exercise self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  7. advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations

learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Apply methods and techniques appropriate to their own research or advanced scholarship in Criminology:

Crime and Offender Patterns SS7080
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
SS7077

- Apply knowledge with originality, based on a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Criminology:

Crime and Offender Patterns SS7080
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
SS7077
Psychology and Crime SS7085N

- Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Criminology:

Criminological Research Methods SS7079
Sexual Violence: causes, consequences
and interventions SS7148

- Evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses:

Criminological Research Methods SS7079
Quantative Data Analysis SS7054
Qualitative Data Analysis SS7101
Qualitative Research SS7049
Survey Design and Practice SS7100

- Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and nonspecialist audiences:

Crime and Offender Patterns SS7080
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
SS7077
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism SS7143

- Exercise self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level:

Crime Control and Community Safety
SS7078
Urban patterns and spatial analysis SS7047

- Advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level:

Criminological Research Methods SS7079
Researching Communities SS7055

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations:

Crime Control and Community Safety
SS7078
Intelligence Analysis SS7143

- Learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development:

Dissertation SS7P81

Assessment strategy

On the course, there is an especial emphasis on a sound grasp of the relevant academic literature, including substantial use of key scholarly journals in the field of criminology and criminal justice. This is assessed through a variety of summative assessments including essays, examinations (seen), practical research methodology assignments, an extended thesis, and various formative presentations to class peers.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Opportunities are available for students to work as Special Constables within the London Metropolitan Police. Students can also be assisted to gain work in the voluntary sector as well as placements in hostels, and other public sector services for example the probation service when such placements are available.

Career opportunities

The aim of the course is to prepare you for employment or further study in the criminal justice sector. The curriculum will equip you for a range of careers in the criminal justice system and related professions, all with excellent recruitment prospects. Key career paths include the Metropolitan Police Service, Probation Service, Foreign Office, Prison Service, youth offending and community safety departments, as well as academic or government research posts.

Past graduates have gone on to work as senior detective constables, researchers, fraud officers, criminal lawyers and probation officers.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • at least a lower second class honours degree in a relevant discipline such as criminology, or social and behavioural sciences (applications are also welcome from those who have experience in criminal justice or possess relevant professional qualifications)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L300 (Sociology): 100%
Route code CRMLGY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS7078 Crime Control and Community Safety Core 20 NORTH AUT WED EV
SS7079 Criminological Research Methods Core 20 NORTH SPR WED AM
SS7080 Crime and Offender Patterns Core 20 NORTH SPR WED EV
SS7169 Contemporary Issues in Criminology Core 20 NORTH AUT WED PM
SS7P81 Criminology Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SUM   NA
          NORTH SPR   NA
          NORTH AUT   NA
SS7085 Psychology and Crime Option 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
SS7143 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Option 20 NORTH SPR MON AM
SS7147 Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Po... Option 20 NORTH AUT    
SS7148 Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Inter... Option 20 NORTH SPR    
SS7168 Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions Option 20 NORTH AUT VARI  
SS7170 Explaining Violence Option 20 NORTH AUT WED AM
SS7171 Crime, Risk and Early Intervention Option 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
SS7172 Green Criminology Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS7078 Crime Control and Community Safety Core 20        
SS7079 Criminological Research Methods Core 20 NORTH SPR WED AM
SS7080 Crime and Offender Patterns Core 20 NORTH SPR WED EV
SS7169 Contemporary Issues in Criminology Core 20        
SS7P81 Criminology Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SUM   NA
          NORTH SPR   NA
SS7085 Psychology and Crime Option 20        
SS7143 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Option 20 NORTH SPR MON AM
SS7147 Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Po... Option 20        
SS7148 Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Inter... Option 20 NORTH SPR    
SS7168 Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions Option 20        
SS7170 Explaining Violence Option 20        
SS7171 Crime, Risk and Early Intervention Option 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
SS7172 Green Criminology Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM