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MA Criminology and Criminal Justice

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Aberystwyth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice approaches criminology and related subject areas from a literary perspective, with students gaining an in-depth understanding of a wide range of contemporary areas related to criminology, including criminology justice policies and practices. This scheme will give students the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the most important theories of criminal behaviour, assess their current relevance and analyse their implications for controlling crime. This scheme is intended to open up the study of criminology at postgraduate level to a wider audience, including those coming from a non-social science background, or to enhance and develop the learning of graduates from criminology or a related discipline. There is significant scope and flexibility with this scheme, enabling students to tailor their studies according to their own interests. A range of assessment methods have been adopted to suitably challenge and motivate students to enable them to develop the requisite knowledge and understanding in the area of criminology and criminal justice matters. Throughout the scheme, there is an emphasis on self-directed learning, engagement with the classical and contemporary criminological theory and debate, and application of core criminological perspectives and principles to specific areas of consideration. Students will be provided with the fundamental skills in research design and a critical understanding of the theoretical foundations of research and its application in Criminology and Law. In the final semester, they will complete an independent piece of critical research, undertaking a systematic review of relevant literature, policy based documents and research in an area of their choosing (guided by academic staff).

The Department of Law & Criminology provides a stimulating atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and engagement from which students can develop their own criminological interests and skills. This scheme will provide an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills suited to professional environments and careers in government departments, criminal justice agencies, and voluntary organisations in the criminal justice sector.

Employability

Graduates from this scheme will leave with the professional knowledge and capacity to independently practice, reflect, review and build upon disciplinary expertise and judgement. The schemes’ teaching, learning and assessment requires students to develop ethical practice, critical analytical skills, research skills and presentation skills which will enable them to share their criminological expertise in both academic and professional settings.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,200per year

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Welcoming international students since 1872. Over 100 different nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural learning environment.
Highly-rated teaching (TEF Gold) and a high rate of graduate employability.
Generous scholarships and bursaries for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    42nd out of 103

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    119 54%

    57th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    43rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    24th

    4

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