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Bath Spa University: Criminology

Institution Bath Spa University View institution profile
Department School of Science
Telephone 01225 876180
Study type Taught


Deepen your understanding of current theories, methods and debates in criminal justice with our Master’s in Criminology.

  • Boost your career opportunities within policing and criminal justice, or prepare for further postgraduate research.

  • Become familiar with evaluation and evidence-based practice and its increasing importance in the workplace.

  • Join the conversation – your research and reflections could help shape the dialogue around current issues.

Want to work in the criminal justice sector? Or do you already work in policing or criminal justice, and want to progress your career?

Gain an advanced understanding of current debates in criminology, in areas such as crime investigation, offender interventions and the ageing prison population.

You’ll learn the theories and methods of research, and become familiar with evidence-based practice – which is increasingly important in criminal justice and policing careers.

This innovative Master's in Criminology allows you to develop specialist knowledge of the current themes and policy debates surrounding crime, criminal justice, crime control, policing, penology and offender management. It equips you with the intellectual, analytical and research skills needed for understanding and applying criminological theories and concepts in practice.

The programme also provides an in-depth understanding of the interactions between politics, criminology and criminal justice, and the impact of public policy in these areas. You'll be taught by experts from criminological, sociological and legal backgrounds with professional criminal justice experience. You'll also benefit from research-led teaching, as well as strong links to wider criminal justice professions and industry.

Recognising your evolving needs as a student and professional, as well as the pressures of the modern workplace, this MSc uniquely allows you to not only choose between studying full-time or part-time, but gives you the opportunity to transfer to a distance-learning version of the programme, should this better suit your changed circumstances.

This Master's in Criminology is also available via distance learning. This course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the opportunity to study from anywhere in the world. This MSc in Criminology is offered as an online, distance-learning curriculum. The modules will be delivered through a series of weekly interactive online tasks, as well as online content.

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

Bath Spa University


Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push boundaries and ourselves. If that sounds good to you, you’ll fit in well.


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