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MA International Criminology

Overview
Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time (FT)
2 years part-time (PT)
Course code: LAWT105 (FT)
LAWT86 (PT)
Course fees: See Postgraduate Taught Fees Look Up

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The reputation of the lecturers in this field was a major factor for applying to Sheffield. The most practical thing that I gained from my degree is the ability to use critical thinking to assimilate information and produce high standards of written work.

THOMAS MURTAGH, MA INTERNATIONAL CRIMINOLOGY

The MA International Criminology provides its graduates with a thorough understanding of criminology and criminal justice from international and comparative dimensions. This is one of very few programmes to use such perspectives to explore the key issues.

Why choose our MA International Criminology?

  • Unique - one of very few courses that uses comparative and international perspectives to explore the key issues in criminology today.
  • Research-led teaching - The University of Sheffield boasts one of Europe's leading centres for Criminology. 90% of the School's research outputs are judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Expert - Criminology has been taught here for over 30 years by some of the world's leading experts in the field.
  • Support - a personal tutor provides individual support throughout your studies.  
  • Flexible - full-time or part-time study, plus a range of options to tailor the course to your interests. 
  • Professional links - The course is well linked to the criminology and criminal justice community. Links to the local police force are highlighted in some of the practical empirical work undertaken by our students
  • Alumni discount - 10% fee discount for self-financing Sheffield alumni.

Taught by leading researchers, the course is a well-known and highly respected. Criminology has been taught at Sheffield for over 30 years, and the University of Sheffield has one of Europe’s leading centres of excellence in this subject area.

Our aim is to make this a truly international programme, so we welcome students from the EU and overseas, as well as those who have recently studied in the UK. 

The programme will also be of interest to criminal justice and restorative justice practitioners and policy-makers who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of recent international developments in the fields of criminology, criminal justice and restorative justice.

The course offers you the flexibility to study either full-time in one year or part-time over two years. All students start in the first semester with the core modules for the degree and the choice between two possible pathways:

  • The Taught Course Pathway – for students, including practitioners, wanting to learn more about criminology and criminal justice and how criminal justice works around the world
  • The Research Training Pathway – for students likely to wish to move on to a research degree, such as a PhD

You will be asked to choose your preferred pathway when you commence core modules in the Autumn semester.

Centre for Criminological ResearchThe MA International Criminology draws on the internationally regarded expertise of staff within the Faculty, particularly from The Centre for Criminological Research (CCR). CCR is one of the largest criminology and criminal justice research centres in the UK and is made up of staff from a variety of disciplines, including Sociological Studies, Politics, Architecture and of course Law and Criminology, amongst others.

Select the 'Course team' above to meet the leading academics teaching on the course.


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*The Restorative Justice Pathway is not available to students studying on the part-time course. This pathway is only available for 2017/18 entry.

Course structure

The MA International Criminology can be studied on a full time basis over 1 year or a part time basis over 2 years. 

Please note the Restorative Justice Pathway is no longer available after 2017/18 entry.

Full time course structure

Taught course pathway

The Taught Course pathway is a taught Masters programme for students with university degrees in law, the social sciences or humanities who are interested in criminology, criminal justice and crime prevention, with a particular emphasis on developments at a European and International level. Professionals wishing to develop their understanding of trans-national developments in criminology and criminal justice may also choose to follow this path.

All students must study a total of 180 credits, including a dissertation on a subject of their choice which is worth 60 credits.

Students will study:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value Semester
Responding to Crime in Europe LAW6901 15 1
Issues in Comparative Penology LAW6907 15 1
The Cultures of Criminology LAW6922 15 1
The Research Process LAW6173 15 1

Students will also study modules to the value of 60 credits from the following list:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value Semester
International Criminal Law LAW684 15 2
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods LAW6172 30 2
Policing and Society LAW6129 15 2
Restorative Justice LAW6903 15 2
Gender and Violence LAW6923 15 2
Methods of Criminological Research LAW60039 15 2
Policing, Soldiering and Neoliberalism LAW6168 15 2
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 15 2

Dissertation

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation (International Criminology) LAW6920 60




We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.


Research training pathway

The Research Training pathway is designed for those suitably qualified and experienced students who already hold an undergraduate degree and are contemplating a doctorate and/or a career in research. Accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the UK, the course includes both research training and a choice of optional modules.

All students must study a total of 180 credits, including a dissertation on a subject of their choice which is worth 60 credits.

Students will study:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value Semester
Responding to Crime in Europe LAW6901 15 1
Issues in Comparative Penology LAW6907 15 1
The Cultures of Criminology LAW6922 15 1
The Research Process LAW6173 15 1
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods LAW6172 30 2
Methods of Criminological Research LAW60039 15 2

Plus an additional 15 credits from the following:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value Semester
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 15 2
International Criminal Law LAW684 15 2
Policing and Society LAW6129 15 2
Restorative Justice LAW6903 15 2
Gender and Violence LAW6923 15 2
Policing, Soldiering and Neoliberalism LAW6168 15 2

Dissertation

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation (International Criminology) LAW6920 60




We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.


Please contact us for details of our part-time pathway.

Course team

Our criminologists are leading academics in the School of Law who are themselves involved in research including restorative justice, policing, green criminology and violence.

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Dr Mark Brown

I joined the School of Law in September 2014. Prior to that I had spent four years developing a small law and justice consultancy focused on actors in the international sphere and based in Geneva, while also working as a Chamonix-based professional mountain guide. Academically, I have spent most of my career in Australia where I was in the criminology program at the University of Melbourne. In 2011 I was a visiting professor at the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Lausanne and I held an earlier visiting appointment at Delhi University Law School.

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Teaching Team

Dr Matthew Bacon

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Dr Cormac Behan

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Professor Stephen Farrall

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Dr David Hayes

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Dr Tara Lai Quinlan

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Dr Gwen Robinson

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Professor Joanna Shapland

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Dr Gilly Sharpe

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Dr Layla Skinns

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Dr Philippa Tomczak

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Dr Maggie Wykes

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Careers

The MA in International Criminology can lead to a range of fascinating careers. Graduates of the programme have gone on to become researchers for government departments, have joined the professional social service as police, probation officers and social workers, and those taking the research pathway often end up in academia. In fact, several former students now lecture on the course!

Find out what our graduates say.

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.

For all MA in International Criminology applications you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) usually in either criminology, law, or any other relevant social science or humanities subject. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with work experience in a relevant field.
  • Provide supportive references from previous tutors.
  • In certain circumstances we may consider candidates who do not meet these minimum requirements.

Entry requirements for international students


English language requirements:

Our minimum English requirement is:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or for alternative English language requirements please see here.

Please note:
We are continually reviewing our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.


How to apply

For information on the application process please select the 'How to apply' tab above.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

How to apply

Application procedure

To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.

For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page. You will also find important information on the supporting documents* you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

*If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply and provide these to us later.

Please note: you do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.

To apply, please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form




Application deadline

There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.





Funding and Scholarships

There are a number of University scholarships available for postgraduate students

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