MSc Crime and Justice

The MSc Crime and Justice provides an understanding of issues relating to crime and the criminal justice system, enhancing your career in this and related fields. Tuition draws upon the expertise of research staff in the University’s well established Centre for Criminology.

You will examine a range of crimes and criminal behaviour, the context of crime and responses to it. In addition to core areas of study, you can choose modules and/or pathways to suit your career development. You will explore an area of interest to you, through a 20,000-word dissertation, and gain a thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods – invaluable skills for any profession that includes planning, analysis and evaluation.

On the Substance Misuse pathway, you will study a range of criminological modules and a module on drug interventions. This specialist module provides an insight into the nature and extent of substance misuse and responses to it, including prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. Your dissertation will be related to substance misuse.

On the Youth Justice and Offender Management pathway, you will study the contexts in which offenders come into contact with the criminal justice system. The work of relevant agencies and systems that engage with those at risk of offending are also considered. Your dissertation must be related to youth justice and offender management.

What you will study

  • Criminological Theory
    Explore the philosophical foundations of criminological theory and the way in which it relates to general social theory. Youll examine the social and political contexts within which the various criminological theories have developed.
  • Criminal Justice – Theory and Practice
    Learn about the general theories, principles, and models of criminal justice within a national and international context. Youll examine the key institutions and processes that deliver criminal justice, and evaluate the interplay between them.
  • Approaches to Criminological Research
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This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time postgraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time postgraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages


  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
      • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
        • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2017