Manchester Metropolitan University: Applied Criminology

InstitutionManchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Sociology and Criminology View department profile
Telephone 0161 247 6969
Study type Taught


Our masters programme in Applied Criminology has been developed to offer real world knowledge and experience, offering students the opportunity to consider criminology in practice, both in the areas of criminal justice and applied research.

Our staff team include former justice practitioners and researchers at the cutting edge of research and evaluation in areas such as youth justice, drugs and criminal justice policy. The experience and contacts this brings has given us the opportunity to develop a vibrant, applied curriculum including options of study in criminal justice policy, practice and theory, as well as the option of undertaking a placement in a relevant organisation. Students will also cover research methods and carry out their own research.

We have devised the programme to suit people working in, or wishing to work in criminal justice and related areas, as well as those looking for an academic career; there is no requirement that students should have previously studied criminology.

**Features and Benefits**
- Teaching staff have national and international reputations within the discipline and are actively engaged in research, publication, academic enterprise as well as being involved in government consultation, policy development and evaluation. This feeds into teaching and, as a result, you can expect to be exposed to the very latest developments and emerging knowledge in this field.

- The degree caters for students whose aims and interests are purely academic alongside those who want to develop a more practice-related focus.

- Close working links with youth justice, probation and policing in the region.

Within the Department of Sociology we have a number of research centres:
- PERU: Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University is a multi-disciplinary team of evaluators, economists, sociologists and criminologists. We specialise in evaluating policies, programmes and projects and advising national and local policy-makers on the development of evidence-informed policy. Currently, most work is in the areas of criminal justice, crime reduction, advice services, substance misuse and young people's services. We work for government departments including the Home Office and local delivery organisations including police forces, probation services, local authorities and the voluntary sector.

- The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies brings together researchers from across the university to explore how the meanings, experiences and representations of youth have changed over time, while focusing on issues relevant to youth today. This includes a particular focus on Youth Justice through the Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership with youth justice services across Greater Manchester

- The Manchester Metropolitan Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre which brings together crime, health and multiple data to enhance understanding of the drivers of social problems and identify potential inter.

- QSTEP: The department is one of only 15 Q-Step Centres of Excellence in Undergraduate Quantitative Methods, and the only Post-92 University to have this status. This is recognition of the department's commitment to pedagogic innovation and excellence in research methods teaching.

Recent projects:
- MYPLACE project (€7.9m): lead partner of a 17-member international consortium in EU on youth engagement in society.

- MYWeB project (€1.5m EU-funded, 2014-16): lead partner of a 13-member European consortium completing a feasibility study for a longitudinal study into the well-being of children and young people.


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