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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 seminars 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

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

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

4. 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

9. Learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

SS7080
SS7169
SS7P81
SS7085
SS7079
SS7143
SS7070

Learning Outcomes cover LO1-9

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Criminology
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-criminology-14.pdf

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.

Modules required for interim awards

PG Certificate in Criminology – SS7169, SS7078 and SS7079 or SS7080
PG Diploma in Criminology – 4 taught core modules and 2 options
MSc in Criminology – 5 core modules and 2 options

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

The course will help prepare students for employment in the criminal justice sector (including the police, probation, prison, youth offending and community safety departments), as well as academic or government research posts. It is hoped that some students will progress to doctoral studies after successful completion of the MSc.

It is the intention that students already engaged in a related occupation will benefit markedly from the course, in that the latter will provide the academic contextualisation with which to understand and evaluate the complexity of, and reciprocity between, varied agencies, departments and policies related to crime, criminology and criminal justice.

Criminology itself is an increasingly strong and prevalent academic discipline. The analytic and research skills acquired on the MSc are, of course, transferable to other jobs and areas of expertise.

Previous students from this course have joined the Police service either as Police officers or civil investigation officers, some have embarked upon training to equip them to join the probation service or become social workers working with young offenders. Other students have joined the voluntary sector working in residential or drugs/alcohol units. Still others have entered research jobs within the public or private sector and finally a number have progressed to PhD level studies.

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 TUE EV
SS7079 Criminological Research Methods Core 20 NORTH SPR WED AM
SS7169 Contemporary Issues in Criminology Core 20 NORTH AUT FRI AM
SS7P81 Criminology Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SPR   NA
          NORTH AUT FRI PM
SS7085 Psychology and Crime Option 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
SS7143 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
SS7170 Explaining Violence Option 20 NORTH AUT WED AM
SS7171 Crime, Risk and Early Intervention Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
SS7173 Transnational Organised Crime Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE EV

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
SS7169 Contemporary Issues in Criminology Core 20        
SS7P81 Criminology Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SPR   NA
SS7085 Psychology and Crime Option 20        
SS7143 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
SS7170 Explaining Violence Option 20        
SS7171 Crime, Risk and Early Intervention Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
SS7173 Transnational Organised Crime Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE EV