MA

Criminology

Study mode:Part-time Languages: english Duration:12 months
Local:$ 6.33k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 15.6k / 1 Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1605

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This academic programme has been developed in response to the need of statutory, voluntary and private organisations involved in developing crime reduction strategies. It creates and examines research-based evidence of which strategies work.

You develop expertise in theory, method and research as well as a broad understanding of the criminal justice system and an in-depth knowledge of current issues in criminology. You explore contemporary crime, victimisation and crime reduction.

How you learn
Learning includes a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer-assisted learning, discussions, guided reading, case studies, research exercises and projects, and research using conventional library sources. Some of the learning and teaching methods are combined in sessions.
The usual weekly two-hour session per module is used to enable you to acquire knowledge of the issues relating to criminology and criminal justice as well as research methods. Interactive learning in the form of discussion also takes place in those weekly sessions, especially the latter part of the session, which is used to build upon the lectures provided in the former part.

Support is provided outside the classroom environment. Virtual and interactive learning environments are also used to provide learning resources for each module and to enable you to discuss the course material with other students and with the teaching staff outside the classroom thus maximising your learning experience.

How you are assessed
Modules are assessed by a combination of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment includes seminar exercises and group oral presentations, whereas summative assessment ranges from essays and case studies to structured project and knowledge checks based upon preparatory readings.

Career opportunities
Opportunities exist in the criminal justice system (including the police, prison, probation and youth offending services). This programme is also ideal if you're interested in working (or already work) in social services and related voluntary agencies. Some of our MSc students continue to doctoral studies and/or work at colleges and universities.

Core modules

* Contemporary Criminal Justice
* Contemporary Criminological Theory
* Dissertation
* Social Research Methods
* Victims and Offenders

Modules offered may vary.

Applicants should normally have a good second-class honours degree in a relevant field. However, those who have relevant professional qualifications and/or relevant experience will also be considered.

Postgraduate funding support
From September 2013 benefit from a 10% fees discount towards your postgraduate taught course (part-time or full-time) if you:

* are a continuing Teesside University student progressing from an undergraduate to postgraduate course or
* have graduated from an undergraduate course at Teesside University within the last two years (2011-12) or
* graduated with first-class honours from an undergraduate course at any other university within the last two years (2011-12).

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