Criminology - MSc
Why study this course?
This course allows you to develop an advanced knowledge of crime and offenders, as well as to assess contemporary trends and concepts in criminal justice policy and community safety.
It will incorporate approaches to crime control within the community and penal institutions. You will also gain the methodological and analytic skills required to conduct research within the field of crime and criminal justice; this level of knowledge and skill can prepare you for doctoral study or research posts within the criminal justice arena, or can consolidate your professional experience. To find out more about criminology within the faculty please visit our pages.
The Programme leader for this course is Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon. She can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about criminology within the faculty please visit our pages.
Faculty of Social and Humanities
You are assessed via essays, projects, examinations and a dissertation between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length. The dissertation forms a key element of the MSc. It allows you to pursue in depth a topic of your choosing and is to be completed over the summer study period.
Applicants should normally have:
- At least a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (such as criminology, or social and behavioural sciences). Applications are also welcomed from those who have experience in criminal justice, or who possess relevant professional qualifications.
- In some circumstances applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be permitted to enrol on the MSc, at the discretion of the course leader.
Applications are welcomed from overseas students, and all applicants are considered on individual merit, without regard to gender, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or social background.
The course will be taught in English, and for those applicants whose native language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language will be required.
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.
The course consists of four core modules, and a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Crime Control and Community Safety
- Criminological Research Methods
- Crime and Offender Patterns
Students also select one 'designate' module per semester, and these include (subject to availability):
- Community Development
- Sexual Violence: causes, consequences, and interventions
- Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
- Intelligence Analysis
- Urban Patterns and Spatial Analysis
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.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
Use the apply button to begin your application.
Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.
When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
News and success stories
Dr Robin Bhairam
London Met Senior Lecturer has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition of his 30 years of service in the Metropolitan Police.
Group of participants
Cover of book
Proactive Child Protection and Social Work second edition published.
Dr Liz Davies, Emeritus Reader in Child Protection in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, has launched a new website and blog.
Some of the students on their visit to Poland
Pictured here outside the Schindler Museum are Patricia Aina, Eleonora Messuti, Zane Hiestand, Benn Kingsley-Joseph, Jana Tarbajova and Ivano Ripellino
Black and white image of crowd
Svetlana Stephenson: the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities academic uncovering the murky world of Russian gangs
The Armenian police delegation with London Met
A senior delegation of Armenian Police visit London Met in November 2015.
Dr Tim Parson and Dr Daniel Silverstone in China
Dr Tim Parsons and Dr Daniel Silverstone attended a conference in China and delivered their papers to an international audience.
Presentation on Community policing to the Armenian Police Service
Counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur
Counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur
Dr Tim Parsons from the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety attended a counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, from 19-21 March.
Photovoice has been successful with marginalised g
Two weeks on from the terrorist attacks in Paris, France is now reflecting on its approaches to counter-terrorism and tackling extremism.
A photo of Nick Ridley next to the cover of his book
Terrorism in East and West Africa-the under-focuss
Geneva armed forces in training
DCAF police programmes
Met Connect Event 2014
22nd and 23rd October 2014
Meet the team
Date 27 Jul 2016 Time 6:30 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
Touring our Holloway campus* is an excellent way to experience life at London Metropolitan University. One of our student ambassadors will guide you around our state-of-the-art facilities, such as the... more