Crime, Law and Society MA
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The MA in Crime, law and Society is an innovative, interdisciplinary programme focusing on current trends and historical debates surrounding key issues of crime causation, crime control and regulation. This programme is particularly targeted to students who are looking to develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. The degree is aimed at recent graduates looking to improve their academic credentials, as well as practitioners and professionals in the criminal justice field who want to update and broaden their knowledge in this area. Compulsory and optional courses allow students to engage with a diverse range of issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates and the methods used to research them.
A prior degree in criminology is not essential but previous study of a social science discipline would be an advantage.
The programme is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed via written coursework (67% of the final mark) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (33% of the final mark).
The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.
Course unit details
You will complete five core course units and three optional course units throughout the year and produce a dissertation over the summer period. Our range of courses enable a breadth of criminological enquiry while the dissertation allows in-depth study in an area of interest under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
Core course units:
- Criminal Justice Research and Policy
- Advanced Theoretical Criminology
- Measures and Correlates of Crime
- Comparative Studies in Crime and Criminal Justice
- Research Ethics (new)
These core course units amount to a total of 75 credits.
Optional course units: A further 45 credits are selected from a list of optional course units. Course units available in any given year will not be confirmed until June preceding the start of the academic year. They are as follows: Law and Social Theory; Security (new); Organising Crime ; Criminology and Mass Violence; Offender Management and Community Re-integration; Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis; Evaluating Policy and Practice, and Qualitative Research Methods among other Criminological/Socio-Legal optional course units.
Details of options and course units available can be found on the Faculty of Humanities website.
Dissertation: 12,000 to 15,000 words.
Alternatively you can select your optional modules from any courses offered within the faculty (subject to approval by the course leader and the MA programme director). The School of Social Sciences offer a range of research methods courses, see http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/modules/
Scholarships and bursaries
Graduates of the Manchester School of Law who will be self-funding their postgraduate study will be eligible for the School's Alumni Bursary Scheme, whereby students receive a Loyalty discount on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.
One bursary of £2,000 and one bursary of £1000 will be offered to overseas and Home/EU applicants respectively. The successful candidates will be prospective students of one of our postgraduate criminology courses and will receive the bursary in a form of reduction of his/her tuition fees. Further information can be found on our postgraduate taught funding page.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org