London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

This degree will appeal to practitioners and students interested in a range of professions including policing, probation, prison service work, social work and many new areas in third and private sector security, and outsourced support for offenders, vulnerable adults and young people. Whether your interests lie in domestic violence, terrorism, dangerous offenders or child protection, you'll explore applied and theoretical critical approaches to public protection and other aspects of risk that will transform your professional practice and enhance your employability. The master's course encourages you to look critically at public protection, a key practitioner concept for professionals working in socially responsible professions. There is a special emphasis on gaining a sound grasp of the relevant academic literature, including substantial use of key scholarly journals in the field of criminology and criminal justice. There is also a focus on how theory relates to and enhances good practice. You'll be assessed through essays, examinations (seen), practical research methodology assignments, an extended thesis (12,000-15,000 words) and various formative presentations.

Criminology itself is an increasingly strong and prevalent academic discipline. The analytical and research skills acquired on the MSc are transferable to other jobs and areas of expertise. The course will help prepare you for employment in the criminal justice sector including the police, probation, prison, youth offending and community safety departments, and academic or government research posts. Previous students have joined the police service either as police officers or civil investigation officers, embarked upon training to equip them to join the probation service or have become social workers working with young offenders. Other students have joined the voluntary sector working in residential or drugs and alcohol units. Many have also entered research jobs within the public or private sector or have progressed on to PhD studies.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,600 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,600 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,890 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will be required to have: a relevant first degree (eg criminology, social or behavioural sciences), specific experience related to crime and the Criminal Justice System (such as police or probation work) or relevant professional qualifications.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 including Listening: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Component scores required: Listening: 51; Reading: 51; Writing: 51; Speaking: 51; Cambridge English - Certificate of Proficiency overall grade required: C. A certifying statement of results is also required.