"This master's focus on global crime issues and is designed to look at contemporary criminological problems such as transnational crime, political violence and terrorism and global policing. The degree will help successful graduates to develop and enhance careers within a range of NGOs and criminal justice agencies by providing in-depth knowledge of contemporary crime, justice and policing issues."Dr Angus Nurse, Director of Criminology and Sociology Programmes
This degree is designed for people wanting in-depth understanding of crime and criminal justice at national and international levels. It promotes a critical and comparative approach to crime and justice issues intended to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to deal with a range of traditional and non-traditional crime, justice and deviancy issues.
It looks at contemporary problems such as terrorism and the priorities of global policing, human rights and justice, environmental justice and transnational crime. The international and transnational dimension of crime is an integral part of the programme.
Criminology at Middlesex has a particularly strong international reputation. The Department was pioneering in an inﬂuential strand of criminology called 'left realism', and established one of the very ﬁrst courses of its kind in the UK, which is still considered to be one of the leading postgraduate criminology courses.
Our academic staff are involved in developing groundbreaking work, recently in areas such as 'status dogs' and gangs (Dr Simon Harding), sex offenders' use of the internet and online child safety (Dr Elena Martellozzo), Environmental and Wildlife Crime (Dr Angus Nurse). Across the Department, our research incorporates crime, policing, community safety, green criminology, justice and victimisation, and broader ﬁelds of conﬂict, social movements, international conﬂicts, political violence and terrorism
A highlight of the course is an opportunity to attend the Common Study in Critical Criminology sessions with postgraduate criminologists studying in universities across Europe including Ghent, Porto, Hamburg, the University of the Peloponnese, Utrecht, Budapest and Rotterdam and also at John Jay College in New York. The Autumn 2016 meeting is at the University of Ghent and the Spring 2017 meeting is provisionally scheduled for John Jay College in New York.
The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to investigate and analyse problems of crime, conﬂict and control and transnational crime and justice. It combines four core modules offering a sophisticated understanding of contemporary criminological theory methods and issues, and debates in global criminology and policing, human rights and justice and terrorism. Students also take optional modules that enable them to focus on areas of special interest including institutions of criminal justice, community safety, drugs, environmental crime and green criminology, youth offending and global comparative perspectives on each of these areas.
Master's students will take six 20-credit modules and complete a 15,000-word dissertation or a Work-Based Learning (Placement) project under the supervision of a staff member on a topic of your choice. Read the module descriptions below for more detail.
This module explores criminological issues from a global perspective including the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world. It focuses on crimes which transcend national borders, the comparative analysis of different countries' approaches to dealing with crime, and the 'globalisation' of justice and policing. It equips students to undertake their own international and or comparative research and analysis.
This module introduces the major theoretical positions and debates in criminology to illustrate the links between criminological theory and research and between policy and practice. Studying the principal research methodologies deployed in criminological investigation equips students with the core skills needed to conduct their own criminological research.
This module presents sociological and criminological interpretations of the intertwined themes: conflict, social change, control, social movements and political violence. The module uses social theory to examine the two extreme forms of political violence: namely terrorism and war. It examines both the history of political violence and contemporary issues in crime, justice and terrorism including the contested nature of the 'War on Terror' within policy discourse and practical policing.
This module uses the criminal justice system and its different institutions to critically examine contemporary issues, debates and policy relating to crime control, the processing of defendants through the criminal courts, sentencing, rehabilitation and punishment. It explores shifts and changes in criminal justice responses to assess whether we are witnessing an era of tightening and punitive crime control policy. The module takes as a central underpinning that we live in a world of enhanced 'securitisation' along with emerging and sophisticated 'risk' identification and management strategies of offenders. It incorporates the themes of 'crimmigration' and the intersection between migration law and criminal law, how gender, race and class interact with the criminal justice system, drugs law enforcement and sentencing, trends in imprisonment and new considerations of restorative and integrative justice. The module takes a comparative perspective to assist an understanding of different approaches and responses to crime, offenders and criminal justice in other European and international jurisdictions, and whether they provide ideas for alternative policies in this area.
This module aims to develop advanced skills in the application of criminological theories and concepts in relation to drugs, drug use, and drugs control and in critically analysing the relationship between drugs and crime. Students will critically evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control within their social, political and economic contexts and compare and contrast the role of the criminal justice system in responding to drugs in various countries. The module also aims to foster a critical interest in the reform of drugs control policy and institutions at both national and international levels.
This module explores issues under the inter-related headings Interpersonal Violence and Hate Crime, ranging from domestic violence to far right extremism in both real-world and virtual settings. The late 20th and early 21st century has seen a growing focus on these issues and the module will examine why this is the case, highlighting transformations in the economy, technology, social structure and social relations, the emergence of identity politics and the development of new academic discourses and theoretical perspectives.
Within this overarching context, different forms of interpersonal violence and hate crime will be examined. This will include analysis of the contested knowledge base from which estimates and accounts of their nature and extent can be drawn. Finally, the module will also critically evaluate policy and practice relevant to these issues, questioning the extent to which existing responses are adequate and effective.
This module explores the theoretical background to crime and disorder reduction and provides practitioner based examples and solutions to alleviating it. Crime and disorder is studied from a socio-spatial perspective such as 'urban' and 'neighbourhood' dimensions of crime, contemporary partnership arrangements in place to regulate it, and the problems and merits of implementing local and national governmental policies aimed at tackling it.
This module examines contemporary social problems often said to threaten the fabric of society, that are subject to intense media exposure, and that involve significant resources via schools, the police, the courts, charities, independent commissions etc. These include street crime, night-time disorder, riots and riotous behaviour, the sexual exploitation of young women, cyber-bullying, the use and misuse of drugs and alcohol, most of which are commonly associated with youth in general and youth gangs in particular.
This module critically evaluates perspectives on green criminology, and crimes against the environment (including animals). It considers contemporary perspectives on green offending, the regulation of environmental problems, and global perspectives on green crimes, green criminality and the effectiveness of justice systems in resolving environmental problems.
This module aims to develop students' understanding of how psychology interacts with the criminal justice system. Students will consider the social, psychological and psycho-judicial consequences of crime, as well as looking at key contributions psychology has made to the criminal justice system – from delinquency interventions, through to restorative justice, and how we understand offenders' experiences of prisons.
This module aims to critically consider the methodological and philosophical context of social research, relationships between different paradigms, methodologies, theories and research designs. Students will develop research skills and become familiar with ethical and governance frameworks within which social science research takes place in contemporary Britain. An appreciation of the key issues, problems and controversies involved in designing and implementing a research project in different work and research environments is central to the module.
The Dissertation is an original 15,000-word piece of work based on a topic negotiated between the student and their supervisor. It provides students with the opportunity to explore in some depth a topic in which they have developed an interest in, as well to apply the skills, knowledge and methods learned in preceding modules. In previous years, students have conducted research on human trafﬁcking, internet pornography, vigilante groups, the role of gangs in the London riots, the Armenian genocide, and drugs in prisons, to name just a few.
The project will be agreed between the student and their academic supervisor, allowing them to apply some of the learning they have gained through the programme to a workplace setting.
Not all of the optional modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.
How is the MA Criminology degree taught?
Teaching on the degree is delivered by expert academics who are research-active in a range of criminological subject areas and bring these specialisms to their lecture delivery and classroom discussion. Staff members' research investigations involve: the policing of online child sexual exploitation, dangerous dog ownership and legislation, the criminal courts and justice administration, drug policy and practice, violence towards sex workers, rape and sexual violence, women's bereavement from homicide, collective protest and social movements, social change and social conflict, organised crime and corruption and penal abolitionism.
Students are encouraged to actively participate in their learning and prepare to engage in questioning and debate within teaching sessions and in online discussion forums led by programme staff.
Regular events and presentations are organised within the department to assist a dynamic culture of knowledge exchange and the generation of ideas and debate among our postgraduate students. The Centre for Social and Criminological Research holds seminars throughout the year and hosts an annual conference in April. The conference brings together outside speakers, academic staff and current students to listen and discuss contemporary issues of crime and conflict in the world around us. Previous conference themes have been gangs, human rights and citizenship, punishment, policing and protest, and the April 2014 conference was on feminist debates around violence, sex work and pornography.
Modules are assessed via a range of coursework including essays, a research proposal, seminar presentations, book reviews and a dissertation.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
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You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This degree will enhance career prospects within general crime and criminal justice, including policing, community safety, youth and adult offender management, crime analysis, applied and academic criminological research and work with drug-users.
However the course is also specifically designed to develop students' ability to work within national and international NGOs and in the quasi-judicial and scrutiny arena. Its focus is on both policy and practice in these areas and examines non-traditional policing and justice agencies.
Former students have gone on to work, within the UK and overseas, in ombudsman's schemes, policing, law, prison, probation and offender management, victim support services, alcohol and drug agencies, mental health services and others and/or have been able to progress within organisations such as these with whom they are already employed.
A number of students have also gone on to take a PhD and some are now working in academic positions, including at Middlesex.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Criminology
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full master's or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time per taught credit: £50
Part-time per dissertation: £25
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide