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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Luton Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Criminal offending and the state’s response to it are constantly evolving, and this course explores the latest ideas, thinking and research into the subject. Benefiting from the practice and practical knowledge of highly experienced tutors and lecturers, you will reflect critically on the latest theories and the many explanations used to explain why crime occurs.

The department’s expertise is deep and wide ranging, and covers youth crime and justice, substance abuse, gang related crime, corporate crime and forensic mental health.

You will be taught by leading researchers from the Institute of Applied Social Research, whose studies on sexual exploitation, trafficking, and disability is internationally renowned and at the interface between research, knowledge, policy and practice.

How will I be assessed?

A range of appropriate and effective assessments will enable you to demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods used across the course include: - Written essay assignments - these may vary from concise reviews of current research to more in-depth synthesis and evaluation of broader topics and demonstrate your ability to provide written evaluation and synthesis of current scholarship. - Oral presentations, presentations using technology, and Poster presentations that demonstrate verbal and presentational skills in communicating complex and challenging tasks to others. - In-Class Tests allowing you to demonstrate ownership of your knowledge - The Dissertation allowing you to undertake a complex research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations demonstrating your ability to implement and deliver a self-directed, complex and solution focused professional task. The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow students to gain skills and acquire knowledge, receive feedback on their performance, thus allowing students to implement knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments. The ability to evaluate your performance and progress is a central part of feedback and formative assessments. For example, the Research unit will use an incremental scaffolded approach to the research proposal and allow you to incorporate feedback into learning. Similarly, in the other semester one core unit, Perspectives, the first summative assessment will require you to prepare a report on an aspect of theory or policy and explore implications for reducing offending.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,275per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Bedfordshire

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  • Campus address

    University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Luton, LU1 3JU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    50th out of 102 14

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    103 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%



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