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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Hope Park

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


Our MA in Criminology offers the students a high-quality educational environment in which they will explore a number of relevant criminological theories that relate specifically to the key concepts of social justice, criminality, inequality and political ideologies. The aim of the programme is to instil the students with the ability to visualise and conceptualise effective approaches to crime prevention and management while facilitating an awareness of challenges facing contemporary criminal justice systems. The course is rooted in an intersectional and multidisciplinary analysis of criminology across international contexts, including Sweden, the USA, the UK, and Japan. A comprehensive understanding of national and international discourses and approaches to crime, deviance and justice, will allow the students to utilize critical, analytical and evaluative skills in line with current developments in the field. This course facilitates learning through fostering action and working towards a creation of a more equitable society through transparent, and attainable, methods of justice. The interdisciplinary design is meant to provide a complex overview of pressing contemporary social and criminological issues, building on the values of critical awareness, reflexivity and empathy.

The MA Criminology is anchored in a vibrant research environment at Liverpool Hope, which allows our courses to benefit from diverse knowledge of research active colleagues across the School of Social Sciences. Our innovative pedagogical approach to teaching research combines introduction to relevant theoretical concepts by experts with practical research exercises in order to maximise the potential of student research projects. Our students are free to explore their topics of choice through an extended research project supervised by an academic with experience in the field.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • Ability to shape own studies – You will have the possibility to develop your own ideas and research interests, collect and analyse original data and participate in small group work and presentations. This work culminates in the opportunity to produce a final original dissertation project.
  • Expert teaching and learning - Liverpool Hope University’s academic faculty has considerable teaching and research experience both in the UK and internationally. You will benefit from the knowledge of academics, professionals and practitioners within the discipline.
  • Focused learning in small class settings - Students will have the benefit of focused teaching from dedicated specialists in a small group setting.
  • Exciting new programme based on latest developments in the discipline - Liverpool Hope University’s MA Criminology has been written with a contemporary curriculum in mind ensuring that you gain the most up-to-date knowledge. This is a vibrant and exciting new post-graduate development in an up-and-coming research-focused department.
  • Career development - Liverpool Hope University is renowned for its first class student support and career development. You will have a dedicated tutor available for one-to-one guidance on learning, academic writing and career planning.


The MA Criminology will enhance the career development and prospects of entering occupations such as social work, public sector welfare work, probation service, teaching, journalism, local and national government, social research, charity/voluntary sector, campaigning and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates will also have developed the skills in research and communication and in critical and flexible thinking that are sought after by a wide range of employers. This postgraduate qualification will enable graduates to embark on a research degree or PhD programme.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 11,400per year

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University information

Liverpool Hope University

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  • Campus address

    Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, Liverpool, L16 9JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    71st out of 105 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    112 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%



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