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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

Top 10 Criminology Masters Degree Courses in the UK & Europe

Masters in CriminologyA Masters in Criminology can help several different career paths.

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Some courses are only part time and aimed at those already working within Criminal Justice systems. Other courses, especially ones based outside of the UK, are aimed at those looking to work for international organisations or as criminal investigation teams. For other information on law-related postgraduate programs you can check out LLMstudy.com. In the meantime here’s our roundup of 10 of the best Masters in Criminology*.

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice – University of Oxford

Cost: £14,765 total cost for UK/EU students / £23,505 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Full-time students at the University of Oxford complete this course in one year and part-time students take two years. Students cover a range of modern Criminology Theories and the practical application of them in the Criminal Justice system.

MSc in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management – University of Cambridge

Cost: £10,000 total cost for all students.
What You Will Study: This MSC at Cambridge is aimed at those already working within the criminal justice system in the UK and internationally and takes two years to complete studying part-time. The course is conducted by the Institute of Criminology.

MSc in Criminal Justice Policy – London School of Economics

Cost: £14,640 total cost for UK/EU students / £22,608 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Modules at LSE include Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy, Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence, and Crime, Control and the City. The course takes one year studying full time or two years studying part time.

MSc in Crime Science – University College London

Cost: £13,130 total cost for UK/EU students / £27,460 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Students can study this masters degree at UCL on a flexible basis over three to five years, alternatively they can complete the course in one year studying full time. Modules include Preventing Crimes and Horizon Scanning and the Changing Nature of Crime.

MSc in Comparative Criminal Justice – Leiden University

Cost: €2,143 for a first Dutch Masters or €16,000 for a second Dutch Masters for EU students / €18,300 for international students.
What You Will Study: This is a full-time course at the Dutch university that takes one year to complete and is taught in English. It takes an international approach to the study of Criminology and Justice.

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MSc in Criminology – University of Edinburgh

Cost: £11,300 for UK/EU students / £22,850 for international students.
What You Will Study: Modules on the MSc in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland include Criminal Justice and Penal Process, Mental Health and Crime, and Media and Crime. This course takes one year studying full time and two years studying part time.

Masters by Research in Criminal Justice – Queen Mary University of London

Cost: £9,950 for UK/EU students / £18,000 for international students.
What You Will Study: This is a Masters by Research course at QMUL that is ideal for those students considering undertaking a PhD. It is completed full time in one year. Modules that can be chosen include Comparative Criminal Justice and EU Criminal Law.

Masters of Criminology – KU Leuven

Cost: €938 for all students
What You Will Study: This Masters of Criminology at KU Leuven in Belgium is a full-time course that takes one year to complete and is studied in English. Students focus on Theories of Criminology and the issues surrounding International Police and Judicial Cooperation.

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice – Durham University

Cost: £8,200 total cost for UK/EU students / £20,150 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Modules at Durham University include Gender, Violence and Abuse, Drugs, Alcohol and Drug Policy, and Crime and New Technologies. Students complete the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice in one year when they are studying full time or in two years when studying part time.

Masters in Forensics, Criminology and Law – Maastricht University

Cost: €2,143 for a first Dutch Masters or €13,800 for a second Dutch Masters for EU students / €13,800 for international students.
What You Will Study: This Masters in Forensics, Criminology and Law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands is taught in English or Dutch and takes one year with full-time studying to complete. Modules include Criminology Perspectives, Evidence, and Psychology and Law.

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PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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14 comments

Godfrey Oct. 2, 2020, 11:36 a.m.

Can l pursue Criminal Justice course in Bruel University London apart from Oxford University .
Also ,with International relations and Environment course.
These three course were selected when I applied to Brunel university.

Charlotte King Oct. 13, 2020, 8:43 a.m.

Hi Godfrey. You can study a Criminal Justice LLB at Brunel >
https://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/law-with-criminal-justice-llb
or an LLM which includes some Criminal Justice content >
https://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/law-with-criminal-justice-llb
I hope that helps!

sai mitra March 7, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Need M.A in criminology

Charlotte King March 8, 2021, 6:43 a.m.

These are all good options for Criminology – and once you have been accepted onto a course you can apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >
https://www.postgrad.com/psuk_study_bursaries_apply/

Meghna Tribedi March 23, 2021, 1:03 p.m.

Can I take up criminology if I am a humanities student?

Charlotte King March 24, 2021, 7:21 a.m.

As long as you achieve a high grade – 2.1 or equivalent – you should be eligible to study a Masters in Criminology.

Tope SHOLANKE April 18, 2021, 1:57 a.m.

I speak little french but impeccable english, i would love to study in belgium so as to impove my french as well run an msc in criminology. I have my first degree in criminology but i am finding it quite challanging calculating the tuition fee for international students. Please kindly tell me how much i would be spending for my msc at KU Leuven, Belgium.

Charlotte King April 22, 2021, 11:45 a.m.

Hi Tope – the tuition fees for studying an MSc in Criminology at KU Leuven is currently €1,250 for all students > https://www.kuleuven.be/inschrijvingen/registration/fees

Rose Boadiwaa Nyantakyi Sept. 27, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

Hi please I really want to study MSC Criminology and Criminal Justice. Please is there any Scholarship opportunities for international students?

Glory Sept. 28, 2021, 7:40 a.m.

Hi,
Apart from KU Leuven, what other institutions offer MSc Criminology or security studies and has a comparatively low tuition either in the UK or Europe generally

Charlotte King Oct. 13, 2021, 8:22 a.m.

Hi Rose – we offer x20 bursaries worth £500 towards tuition fees for students from any country studying any masters degree – why not apply for one of these >
https://www.postgrad.com/fees_and_funding/postgrad_solutions_study_bursaries/information/
Good luck!

Charlotte King Oct. 13, 2021, 8:57 a.m.

Hi Glory – the tuition costs for studying an MSc in Criminology will depend where you are from – ie whether you are studying as an international student, an EU student in the UK or a UK student overseas. For example, many of the other mainland European universities offer favourable tuition fees to EU students.

Abolanle Olaiya-Ayeni Oct. 27, 2021, 5:40 p.m.

On the basis I secure employment in Belgium to finance my studies, I am compliating studying an MA in Criminology part-time in Belgium.
In addition , I am a British national. How much is the MA course ?
Please advice.

Charlotte King Oct. 31, 2021, 5:43 p.m.

Hi Abolanie – as a UK national Brexit will now effect how much your tuition fees will be at KU Leuven. Students with a UK nationality who enrolled in 2020-2021 or before, will be invoiced according to the EEA fee rates for the remainder of their current study program.
New students with a UK nationality who will enroll from 2021-2022 onwards, or students, already enrolled at KU Leuven, who will start a new study program from 2021-2022 onwards, will be invoiced according to the non-EEA fee rates.
https://www.kuleuven.be/inschrijvingen/registration/fees

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