MSc 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 MSc 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 centre that provides an active and multi-disciplinary environment, whose members are committed to high-quality teaching in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law. The CCJS also 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 over £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 who hold senior positions within local criminal justice and partner organisations, including the police, the judiciary, the 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. An indicative list of optional modules is provided below. 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.
- Criminal Justice Processes 30 credits
- Researching Crime and Justice 30 credits
- Contemporary Criminological Theory and Approaches 30 credits
- Dissertation Criminal Law/Criminal Justice 60 credits
- Central Issues in Criminal Law 15 credits
- Policing 1: The Nature of Contemporary Policing 15 credits
- Policing 2: Accountability of Policing 15 credits
- Security and Justice 30 credits
- European Human Rights 15 credits
- Globalisation and Crime 15 credits
- International Human Rights 30 credits
- Global Justice 30 credits
- Quantitative Research Methods 30 credits
- Advanced Racism and Ethnicity Studies 30 credits
- Globalization and International Social Change 30 credits
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.
A personal academic supervisor 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.