Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

MA Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice is an exciting inter-disciplinary subject area that draws on sociology, psychology and law to examine how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, and how society responds. If you’re looking for a career in the rapidly expanding criminal/community justice field, the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice is ideal.


If you’re currently employed in the criminal justice system and looking to extend your knowledge this course also has a lot to offer you. You’ll be encouraged to critically examine a range of key themes and issues that dominate the criminal justice landscape.

Key Facts

  • The programme is studied completely online but student learning is also supported by four optional face to face workshops per year of full time or part time study. Studying online enables students to engage with the degree from anywhere in the world.
  • The programme is taught by experienced and research active criminal justice practitioners with over ten years’ worth of experience in delivering and supporting online learning.

Course Content

The programme engages students in exploring theoretical perspectives on crime and criminal justice. Specialist and optional modules are available that focus on contemporary forms of crime and approaches to justice; risk and dangerousness; youth justice; researching crime;  leadership and professional Issues.

The programme includes an option to negotiate a specific set of learning outcomes related to the students own area of interest which in the past has led students to focus on such diverse areas as probation practice,  anti-terrorism laws and responses to domestic violence. Finally, the full MA award is conferred on completion of a research project which can be related to any area of criminal justice.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in the criminal justice arena are likely to be plentiful over the next few years as significant proportion of the work normally carried out by the public sector is opened up for competition.

That said, the course offers excellent opportunities for Continuing Professional Development for those currently employed in probation, the police, youth offending work, prisons, social work or community work.

Entry Requirements & Applying

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a related undergraduate degree to first or second class (min 2.2) is required.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Course Duration & Fees

Course Duration

Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 3 years


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Meet the Team

Criminology and Criminal Justice has been taught at Glyndwr University for more than 10 years by a team of reseach-active lecturers with many years experience of criminal justice practice.

Meet the lecturers:

Dr Caroline Gorden

Dr Sarah Dubberley

Dr Iolo Madoc-Jones

Caroline Hughes

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