Our MA in Criminology offers the students a high-quality educational environment in which they will explore a number of relevant criminological theories that relate specifically to the key concepts of social justice, criminality, inequality and political ideologies. The aim of the programme is to instil the students with the ability to visualise and conceptualise effective approaches to crime prevention and management while facilitating an awareness of challenges facing contemporary criminal justice systems. The course is rooted in an intersectional and multidisciplinary analysis of criminology across international contexts, including Sweden, the USA, the UK, and Japan. A comprehensive understanding of national and international discourses and approaches to crime, deviance and justice, will allow the students to utilize critical, analytical and evaluative skills in line with current developments in the field. This course facilitates learning through fostering action and working towards a creation of a more equitable society through transparent, and attainable, methods of justice. The interdisciplinary design is meant to provide a complex overview of pressing contemporary social and criminological issues, building on the values of critical awareness, reflexivity and empathy.
The MA Criminology is anchored in a vibrant research environment at Liverpool Hope, which allows our courses to benefit from diverse knowledge of research active colleagues across the School of Social Sciences. Our innovative pedagogical approach to teaching research combines introduction to relevant theoretical concepts by experts with practical research exercises in order to maximise the potential of student research projects. Our students are free to explore their topics of choice through an extended research project supervised by an academic with experience in the field.
The programme consists of four modules and a dissertation (final research project) totalling 180 credits. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, research proposals and a research dissertation.
A First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in any relevant discipline.
Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.
All classes are held at Liverpool Hope University’s main campus, Hope Park. The campus is situated just four miles from the city centre and offers superb academic and support facilities, including on-campus library, free computer and wi-fi access, and a careers service for advice on part-time work opportunities and post-study careers.
The Department of Social Science is an exciting new development at Hope. Disciplines like Criminology and Sociology have been taught here for some years, but they have now been brought together into a single department.
We are a growing department with a diverse and enthusiastic staff team who are active researchers and are published widely in a number of areas. Areas of interest include: critical social theory, community penalties, criminal justice policy, crime and the media, legal and investigative psychology, resettlement of female prisoners, social movements and protest, political sociology.
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2021/22 are £5,200
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
The International tuition fees for courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year are £11,400 per year.
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.
The MA Criminology will enhance the career development and prospects of entering occupations such as social work, public sector welfare work, probation service, teaching, journalism, local and national government, social research, charity/voluntary sector, campaigning and non-governmental organisations.
Graduates will also have developed the skills in research and communication and in critical and flexible thinking that are sought after by a wide range of employers. This postgraduate qualification will enable graduates to embark on a research degree or PhD programme.