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While many criminology courses are taught from a criminal justice angle, at Oxford Brookes you’ll study the subject from a much broader, interdisciplinary perspective. Study contemporary theories and issues in Criminology, and how to apply them to the criminal justice system and satellite organisations that support it. We teach students to be critical of preconceptions surrounding crime and crime control and empowered to engage positively with their communities and make an impact in the world.
This course focuses on contemporary issues in criminology including decolonisation, environment, gender and sexuality and online spaces. We tackle important issues facing society today through a criminological lens, and encourage students to be active and critical members of society.
With employability at the heart of the programme, it draws on well-established links with organisations including Thames Valley Police, the Probation Service, Oxford City Council, and many charities supporting young offenders to provide insight and experience across some of the applied aspects of the discipline.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
A distinctive social focus
Being part of the School of Law and Social Sciences you'll get to study the subject from a wide range of views.
The unique social angle of the department also attracts renowned researchers in areas like immigration and sexuality teaching on the course.
Links with top organisations
Thanks to our partnerships with organisations like Thames Valley Police and the Tap Social Movement, you'll have great options for work placement or real-life projects.
Make the degree yours
Optional modules let you study topics that interest you while the dissertation is your chance to focus on an area you care about.
A stepping stone to a rewarding career
Whether you want to work with the police or campaign for the environment, criminology gives you the tools to succeed.
The MSc in Criminology consists of 3 compulsory 20-credit modules in Semester 1. These compulsory modules will investigate contemporary criminological theory, advanced research methods and critical perspectives on the criminal justice system.
Optionality is introduced in the second semester, with five options, each of which are 20 credits. Students will be required to take 3 of 5 options to complete their programme, choosing from: decolonial criminology, critical criminology and social justice, crime and criminology in the digital era, a work placement module and an advanced independent study project. Students may also take 1 module from the MA International Relations or the LLM Master of Laws as an option, each of which are 20 credits.
In the final semester, all students complete a 60-credit dissertation module, an extended independent research project in an area of the student’s choice. This will allow each student to work closely with their supervisor, an academic expert, to conduct their own research into a specific area of criminology.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn directly from leading researchers in criminology, and collaboratively from those studying with you. You’ll be able to nurture your interests and develop your expertise in criminal justice.
You’ll experience high-quality learning through a diversity of methods, including:
- seminar discussions
- group work presentations
- individual presentations
- individual and small group tutorials
- workshops and practical skills classes.
Assessment is conducted through a variety of assignments linked to the expected learning outcomes. Accessibility and inclusion is fundamental to our MSc Criminology, which means that there are alternative assessments such as presentations and video essays, empowering you to showcase your skills and knowledge beyond traditional essay-writing and exams. You will be assessed with the following methods:
- video essays
- policy reports
- written dissertation.
You will receive feedback over the course of the year from your lecturers on your work and progress.
We have a lively and supportive research culture with a number of specialist research groups led by internationally recognised academics, promoted through the Criminology Research Group, which all the teaching staff are members of. Our Criminology staff are also members of a range of university-wide interdisciplinary research groups, due to their wide-ranging interests and areas of expertise, so there are opportunities for you to form connections across the university too.
You can attend the Criminology Research Group seminars and other research events in the School of Law and Social Sciences and beyond. You will have the opportunity to become involved in research through specialist modules in which teaching staff have expertise. They also supervise dissertations in their specialist subjects.
MSc Criminology graduates often choose to work in law enforcement or the criminal justice system, for which you will develop key skills and knowledge through this course. But those aren’t your only options. Your skills will be ideal for a wide range of career destinations including:
- local authorities and government organisations
- crime consultation
- community support
- security firms
We offer work placements or work-based learning projects in organisations such as Citizens Advice, the Thames Valley Partnership, Thames Valley Police, charities such as ‘SAFE,’ Support for Young People Affected by Crime, or Children Heard and Seen (CHAS). Or even a local brewery, Tap Social, who sell beer to support social justice movements. So you’ll have a great opportunity to get some experience.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing) is required.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
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Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.