The Department of Criminology at Swansea University has run a successful MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology since 1997. As well as garnering high praise from successive external examiners for the quality and content of its teaching, and for the performance of its students, it has acted as a springboard for some of its graduates to progress to PhD study, and in a few cases into careers as academics.
Admission requirements for the programme are either first or upper second class honours in a first degree, or a minimum of two years relevant and responsible experience. Applicants who have a lower second class degree may also be considered and should contact the admissions officer for more information.
Applicants without a degree will need to show that they are capable of academic work at Master’s level. Applicants whose first language is neither English nor Welsh are required to provide evidence of English proficiency. The programme requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and we will only consider a score below this in very exceptional circumstances.
The course consists of Part One (120 credits) and Part Two (60 credits). In Part One you study a range of taught modules which are assessed by a written assignment (usually an essay of not more than 4000 words.
All modules are delivered by research-active staff with particular expertise in the subject area.
Part Two consists of a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. You will produce your dissertation on a criminological topic of your own choice under the guidance of a personal supervisor. You can opt to undertake a ‘classic’ written dissertation, or an empirically-based study.
Whether you are a practitioner working in the criminal justice system, a researcher wishing to gain a firm foundation for a research degree in an ESRC recognised Doctoral Training Centre, or an undergraduate aspiring to a career in criminal justice, our Masters-level degree in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology is for you! Taught over one year full-time or two years part-time, it offers you:
an up-to-date and high quality programme which includes some of the most important theory and research in criminal justice and criminology;
an opportunity to develop your ability to apply criminal justice and criminological knowledge to research and the operation of the criminal justice system;
an opportunity to develop and apply research methods knowledge and skills; and
enhanced employability for those wishing to pursue a career in the criminal justice system and for those interested in an academic or research career.
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