This master's combines core modules in criminology and forensic psychology with optional modules on topics including drugs, trans-national crime and conflict, policing, terrorism and the major institutions of criminal justice. The programme is delivered within the Criminology and Sociology Department and the forensic psychology component is taught in conjuction with specialist colleagues in Psychology
The course will be of special interest to those without a first degree in psychology but with a particular interest in psychological perspectives on crime and criminal justice. All staff delivering modules on the course are engaged in research that informs their teaching on the programme.
Student field trips and expert guest lectures are a feature of the programme. Observational visits to the criminal courts assists a knowledge of psycho-legal court room decision-making and a visit to an adult prison builds an understanding of imprisoned populations and the psycho-social intervention programmes operating within prisons. Module teaching incorporates specilalist guest lectures delivered by experts working in the fields of offender management, gangs, policing, prisoner care and welfare, and forensic psychology.
Students on the MSc are encouraged to attend the Common Studies Programme in Critical Criminology with postgraduate criminologists studying in universities across Europe including Athens, Barcelona, Ghent, Hamburg, Rotterdam, and also at John Jay College in New York.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
The programme is constructed of two core modules covering, in turn, contemporary criminological theory, methods, issues and debates and psychological approaches towards the causes and management of offending behaviour.
Students then choose two optional modules (selected from the list below) that enable a focus on areas of special interest, including institutions of criminal justice, community safety, drugs, youth and adult offending and comparative perspectives on each of these areas.
The modules cover all types of crime, including white collar crime, state crime, digital and on-line crimes, sexual and violent crimes, discrimination and hate crime, drugs, terrorism issues and policing, as well as looking in depth at the criminal justice system and its different institutions.
In addition, all students complete a 15,000-word research dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff on a topic they choose drawing on criminological and psychological perspectives.
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. The module includes an introduction to using computer assisted data analysis programmes, such as SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) the qualitative data analysis package (NVIVO).
This module covers the application of criminological theories and concepts in relation to drugs, drug use and drugs control. It encourages students to evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control and their social, political and economic contexts. The module also fosters a critical interest in the reform of drugs policy and institutions at both national and international levels.
This module explores criminological issues from a global perspective including the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world, a focus on crimes which transcend national borders, the comparative analysis of different countries' approaches to dealing with crime, and the 'globalisation' of criminal justice. It equips students to undertake their own international and or comparative research and analysis.
This module uses the criminal justice system and its different institutions to examine contemporary issues, debates and policy relating to crime control, the processing of defendants through the criminal courts, punishment, and incarceration. It assesses whether we have witnessed a tightening of crime control policy towards greater punitiveness. The constructs 'risk' and 'civil liberties' are used to assess the balance between protecting the public and observing the individual rights and freedoms of citizens.
This module presents sociological and criminological interpretations of the intertwined themes: conflict, social change, control, social movements and political violence. The first part of the module addresses these themes from the point of view of social theory, and the second part uses them for a criminological analysis of political violence. Among the issues addressed are the two extreme forms of political violence, namely terrorism and war.
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 and independent commissions. 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 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.
The 15,000-word research dissertation provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of their interest in depth, and to apply the skills, knowledge and methods learned over the course of their programme. Previous students have conducted research on the reintegration of sex offenders into the community, comparative penal policy towards mentally disordered offenders, 'honour killing' and domestic violence, police prosecution of rape and sexual violence, among many other important topics of study.
Teaching on the master's is delivered by academics who are actively researching in a range of criminological and psychological subject areas and who bring these specialisms to their lecture delivery and classroom discussion. Students are encouraged to participate in their learning and prepare to engage in debate within teaching sessions and online discussions led by programme staff.
Modules are assessed by a range of coursework design including essays, book reviews, criminal courtroom observations, student seminar presentations, a research proposal and a dissertation. 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 (CSCR) holds seminars throughout the year and hosts an annual conference in April. The conference brings together outside speakers, academic staff and students to 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, feminist debates on sex work and pornography and European migration and crisis.
Staff members' research includes: the policing of online child sexual exploitation, gangs and dangerous dog ownership , the criminal courts and justice administration, the treatment of mentally disordered offenders, drug policy and practice, violence towards sex workers, collective protest and social movements, organised crime and corruption, and penal abolitionism.
We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. You will need to fill in an application form and return it to the appropriate admissions office. UK and EU students should apply directly to the London office. Non-EU international students can apply to our international admissions office in London, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application.
There are a wide range of career options available to graduates of this course. The course equips students for employment in posts working directly with offenders both in prison and within community-based reducing re-offending projects. There are in prison administrative posts working on prisoner rehabilitation plans and prisoner health and well-being, roles within various charitable organisations supporting women, men and young people on release from prison, in community-based drug and alcohol projects, domestic violence perpertrator projects, and offender rehabilitation and therapeutic projects applying cognitive-thinking techniques.
Students are also equipped for office-based positions engaging in research, data analysis, and programme evaluation offered by research organisations, the charitable and voluntary sector, in Ministry of Justice Departments such as the National Offender Monitoring Service (NOMS), policing organisations, and the government's high-level crime fighting agency the National Crime Agency (NCA). There are many opportunities in work with young people experiencing family dysfunction and disadvantage, young people 'at risk' of offending, and in services supporting young and vulnerable 'care leavers'.
Students have gone on to work for the National Crime Agency, in prison drug service programmes, in offender pathway planning and monitoring with the probation service, in services aimed at victims of domestic violence, as mentors for young men coming out of prison, in housing and support services for released prisoners, in local government organisations, and in youth offending organisations.
Those already in industry also see their master's-level studies facilitating career progression within their organisations. A number of students have continued their studies in criminology and psychology at PhD level. Staff in the department work alongside the employability office to facilitate master's student's future career decisions.This course is ideal for students without a first degree in psychology who want to expand their knowledge of contemporary criminological theory and research, along with a focus on forensic theories of offending, and the issues and debates incorporating psychological dimensions of crime and offender management. The course assists you to gain a critical appreciation of criminal offending, socio-legal decision-making frameworks, and the range of psycho-social interventions and punishments directed at different offender groups. The course will provide you with an appreciation and knowledge of the wide range of jobs and employment available on successful completion of your studies.
"It's been really interesting. I've always enjoyed psychology and law, so mixing the two together was perfect for me. It ties in really nicely to my undergrad degree, while bringing in a lot of new material, and the lecturers make all the modules really interesting" - Shannon Ross
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This course is offered full time or part time. The fees below refer to the 2015/16 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees 2015||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2015*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£47 (per taught credit) |
£23 (per dissertation credit)
|£80 (per taught credit) |
£40 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 credits)||£47 (per taught credit)||£80 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 credits)||£47 (per taught credit)||£80 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
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