MA Applied Criminology

Develop your specialist knowledge in the field of criminology through exploring both theoretical and applied criminology.

Expand your knowledge with a Masters in Applied Criminology.

On this course, you will engage critically in considering the relationships between theory, research, policy and practice. This course examines criminology and criminal justice in their widest sense to include consideration of issues such as human rights, politics, international relations and social policy.

This course caters for students whose aims and interests are purely academic, alongside those who want to develop a more practice related focus. Past students have gone on to further study at PhD level as well as careers in criminal justice, community and voluntary sector organisations and crime prevention agencies.

What will you study?

What you will actually learn is an important factor when choosing your postgraduate course.

Funding Opportunities

Did you know there is funding available for you to do your postgraduate degree?

Excellent teaching quality

Our excellent teaching quality has been recognised with a Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award.

Learn from Experts

Our academic team have national and international reputations within the discipline.

Introduction to Masters Study

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Hear what our graduates have to say about the course and their time at Manchester Met.

What will you study?

When it comes to choosing which institution you will study your postgraduate course at, what you will study plays a big part in making that decision.

Typical units of study on our MA Applied Criminology may include units such as: Methods, Dissertation, Theory, Justice, Policy, Practice, Impact and Placement.

Our online prospectus provides further information about studying Applied Criminology including tuition fees, entry requirements and the units on offer:

MA Applied Criminology

Learn from experts

Our MA in Criminology is delivered by a team of teaching staff with national and international reputations within the discipline. Many are actively engaged in research, publication and academic enterprise as well as being involved in government consultation, policy development and evaluation.

‌Dr Robert Ralphs

Rob teaches in the areas of criminological theory, youth and crime, substance use and violent crime. He has particular expertise and knowledge in the fields of drug use (both problematic and recreational) and gangs and related violent crime, i.e. gun and knife crime and drugs.

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‌Patrick Williams

Patrick has been involved in the design, delivery and dissemination of research and evaluation projects for 20 years. He has undertaken work for local and national voluntary and charitable organisations (VCS) and criminal justice statutory organisations. He is proficient in the use of a broad range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to pertinent research questions and has a specific interest in ‘Race’ and the Criminal Justic System; The evaluation of Criminal Justice Interventions; Negative constructions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME( groups and communities and The Prison Industrial Complex.

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Recognised for our excellent teaching quality

Manchester Metropolitan University has received silver status in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The assessment panel, comprised of students, academics, widening participation experts and employers, judged that Manchester Metropolitan University delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and that we consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

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Student profile: Myra Ball

MA Criminology

"The course has immensely improved my career prospects. Government reviews of the public sector are now gearing towards graduate entrance schemes and prior to completing the MA, I would not have featured."

Read more about Myra Ball

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The link below will take you to our online prospectus where you can apply for the course.

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Postgraduate Open Day (on-campus): 20 November 2019, 2-6pm

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