City, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree is for independent, critical thinkers who want to work, or are working, within criminal justice or want to undertake further research. Many of our students have undergraduate criminology degrees, and come from universities across the world. Often they want to continue their learning or specialise within a specific subject area. Students also come from other science, humanities and legal backgrounds and from within the criminal justice system. Research methods form a key component of the programme so having an interest in data collection and analysis is valuable.

This is not a Masters that focuses purely on criminal justice or crime control – instead we emphasise cutting'edge theoretical analysis and methodological training, so you can research the contemporary significance of crime and see how it can be a powerful marker of social and institutional change.

Originally part of City’s MA in Human Rights, this degree offers a distinctive perspective on the relationship between criminology and human rights violations. It is global in outlook because, by its nature, crime is transnational and is taught by eminent criminologists who author the books that appear on reading lists across the country.

Course Modules

Core modules:

Analysing Crime;

Criminal Justice Policy and Practice;

Research Workshop; and


Elective modules:

Criminal Minds;

Victims: Policy and Politics;

Developments in Communication Policy; or


NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £14,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,000 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,250 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants will normally have an upper second class honours degree or international equivalent. Applications from students with significant professional expertise experience in a field of employment or research related to criminology and criminal justice will also be considered.
  • Other Suitable Qualifications
  • Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
  • If you do not qualify for direct entry to the Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc course, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.