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Criminology (Part-Time)
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Criminology (Part-Time)

Middlesex University
London, Great Britain
2 Years
Start date
Sep 2022

Program Description

This degree is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of crime and criminal justice at national and international levels. It promotes a critical and comparative approach to crime and justice issues intended to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to deal with a range of traditional and non-traditional crime, justice and deviancy issues.

The course looks at contemporary problems such as terrorism and the priorities of global policing, human rights and justice, environmental justice and transnational crime. The international and transnational dimension of crime is an integral part of the programme.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
TOEFL (internet based)

Information about qualifications:

  • We welcome applications from graduates with a degree in an appropriate subject.

Other accepted qualifications:

  • We welcome applications from graduates with a degree or an equivalent qualification.

Alternative English language requirements:

  • ESB ESOL International: Level 2‐Step 1
  • European Baccalaureate Language 1: Grade 7.0
  • European Baccalaureate Language 2: Grade 7.0
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT (SELT version ONLY): B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
  • Duolingo: Overall 110

More information:

  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study.


Core Modules

Global Criminology and Policing

Human Rights and Contemporary Justice

Contemporary Theory and Research in Criminology

Political Violence and Terrorism

Human Rights and Contemporary Justice

In this core module on the MA Criminology course you’ll critically evaluate contemporary perspectives on human rights and justice systems. You’ll learn to critically explore concepts, debates, literature (i.e. recent research and policy material) related to the operation of human rights within the British criminal justice system and internationally. It will foster engaged and critical thinking about human rights in terms of its impact on the operation of the criminal justice system and the wider application of human rights discourse to issues such as free speech and environmental protection and ecological justice.

In this module you’ll consider the apparent conflict between contemporary perspectives on human rights and the administration of justice systems as well as wider issues relating to how both theoretical and practical conceptions of human rights impact on the extent to which respect for rights is embedded into justice policy. You’ll be required to adopt a critical approach to theoretical debates on human rights, justice, and the tension between state justice policies and the rights of individuals and marginalized groups.

The module aims to allow postgraduate students to engage with a range of issues that they are likely to encounter in contemporary practice settings. The module requires you to critically examine theoretical concepts and practical considerations in human rights and will appeal to anyone seeking an academic and technical exposure to human rights prior to undertaking doctoral work.

The module also helps you to develop knowledge and skills appropriate to working in the NGO sector, local authorities and other policy and enforcement bodies within the public justice sector that are bound by the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 and whose decisions and actions are ultimately amenable to challenge on human rights grounds. - (20 credits) Compulsory

Contemporary Theory and Research in Criminology

This module introduces the major theoretical positions and debates in criminology to illustrate the links between criminological theory and research and between policy and practice. Studying the principal research methodologies deployed in criminological investigation equips students with the core skills needed to conduct their own criminological research. - (20 credits) Compulsory

Political Violence and Terrorism (20 credits) - Compulsory

This core module on the MA Criminology will introduce you to key debates about political violence and contemporary terrorism. You’ll be required to consider a range of perspectives emerging from the study of the different forms of political violence, including terrorism and war. It also adopts a critical approach to theoretical and contextual debates on the use of the term terrorism as shorthand for a range of issues relating to political violence. Both institutional and anti-institutional violence will be discussed, along with critical analysis of the controversies surrounding the definitions of violence and terrorism in the different epochs.

In the module you’ll examine in detail the contributions of the major schools of thought, along with the most recent sociological-criminological analysis of authorised and unauthorised political violence. The module requires you to critically examine theoretical concepts and practical considerations in contemporary political violence and terrorism discourse drawing on a range of case studies.


This degree will enhance career prospects within general crime and criminal justice, including:

  • policing
  • community safety
  • youth and adult offender management
  • crime analysis
  • applied and academic criminological research
  • work with drug-users

The course is also specifically designed to develop students' ability to work within national and international NGOs and in the quasi-judicial and scrutiny arena. Its focus is on both policy and practice in these areas and examines non-traditional policing and justice agencies.

Former students have gone on to work, within the UK and internationally, in:

  • ombudsman's schemes
  • policing
  • law
  • prison
  • probation
  • management
  • victim support services
  • alcohol and drug agencies
  • mental health services and others and/or have been able to progress within organisations

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