MA Criminal Justice and Criminology
Delivered by leading academics from the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in one of the best law schools in the UK, the Criminal Justice and Criminology MA offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in relation to the regulation of crime in the UK, Europe and across the globe.
The programme combines advanced study of criminal justice processes and criminological theory so you can develop an in-depth understanding of the nature, purposes, dynamic processes and outcomes of the criminal justice process.
Throughout the course we’ll encourage you to:
- explore the criminal justice process
- investigate contemporary policy debates and perspectives in crime control
- consider how policy debates inform the politics of crime control
- develop your research skills.
This programme is offered within the dynamic Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS), an internationally-recognised research unit that provides an active and multi-disciplinary environment with high-quality teaching and research in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law. The CCJS excels in the production of research that is empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated and policy relevant. Research is interdisciplinary and often international in its reach. The University of Leeds recognises CCJS as one of its key 'peaks of research excellence'.
CCJS academics have conducted research for a range of external funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, the Home Office, the Youth Justice Board, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the National Probation Service and others. Since 2001, CCJS members have been awarded research grants totalling in excess of £10 million. Such projects sustain the established profile of the CCJS as a pre-eminent research unit and ensure that our teaching is at the cutting edge of contemporary academic and policy debates.
The CCJS has an Advisory Board with more than twenty members drawn from regional key senior positions within criminal justice research users and sponsors, including the police, judiciary, probation service, prisons and the courts.
Our strong links with the local criminal justice community bring valuable benefits for our students.
Compulsory modules studied throughout the year will enable you to:
- explore the complex and dynamic nature of the criminal justice process and the relationships that can exist between its components;
- analyse contemporary theories, concepts and approaches to understanding crime, crime control and the criminal justice system;
- explore and examine the intricate and complex relationships and dynamics between theory, research and practice, and the impact of criminal justice processes on individuals and social groups, often in the wider context of social and political change.
If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills to excel during your taught postgraduate programmes, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
The optional modules will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in topics that interest you. You’ll also be able to hone your critical and analytical abilities, your writing skills and your knowledge of research methods, which you can demonstrate in your dissertation.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll take three compulsory modules in your first year. You then take the compulsory dissertation module and your chosen one or two optional modules in your second year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
As a full-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules, including your dissertation, across your first and second semesters, and choose another one or two optional modules to complete your programme.
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules|
|- Criminal Justice Processes|
- Contemporary Criminological Theory and Approaches
- Researching Security and Justice
|- Advanced Racism and Ethnicity Studies|
- Central Issues in Criminal Law
- European Human Rights
- Globalisation and Crime
- Global Justice
- Policing I: The Nature of Contemporary - Policing
Policing II: Accountability of Policing
- Security and Justice
- Globalisation and International Social Change
- Quantitative Research Methods
Learning and teaching
Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of weekly seminars, lectures and workshops.
You’ll need to prepare for your seminars and lectures, undertaking any exercises that might be prescribed in advance. Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.
The MA Degrees Director will be your personal supervisor and will support you throughout the programme.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods but for most modules you’ll be required to write an essay at the end of each module. You’ll also be expected to write a final dissertation.
This programme is well-suited to you if you’re wishing to pursue a career in public service, the private sector, the voluntary sector or any other area where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in criminal justice.
Our previous graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in academia and in research outside academia, in the UK and overseas. Alumni hold senior positions in criminal justice organisations including police and probation services, the prison service, and youth justice services, as well as in the private and voluntary sector, both in the UK and abroad. Others have been awarded promotions following successful completion of the programme.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.