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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

MA in Criminal Justice and Crime Control

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time Part time
MA 1 year 2 years

About the course

Criminologists investigate the causes, consequences and reactions to crime – and this course gives you hands-on experience in real-world situations, designing, analysing and evaluating criminal justice and crime control strategies.

With an interesting and varied curriculum, this programme has a very strong emphasis on applied knowledge and job market skills. This course is intended to create sophisticated criminological practitioners, able to navigate the realities of criminal justice and crime control, with superior experience, skills and knowledge of how to think, act and reflect criminologically.

This MA has a strong emphasis on communication, research, problem-solving, teamwork, and policy analysis. These skills will be developed through classroom discussion and debate, as well as through practical engagement with external criminal justice and community safety organisations. You’ll be taught by a team of expert criminologists from a variety of specialist backgrounds, including: law, sociology, psychology, history and politics.

What you'll study

Classes will be interactive, discursive, and task-based. There will be few traditional ‘lectures’, but plenty of workshops where you’ll be involved in planning, preparing and leading. With support from staff, you’ll have the freedom to shape the course of your learning and focus on your personal interests and career ambitions.

The course is flexible, teaching is blended between fortnightly 2-hour workshops interspersed with preparation and online support. Assessment is task-based and varied, and will include: Written essays, oral presentations, events organisation, engagement projects, research projects and problem-solving exercises. 

You’ll be provided with a high level of support throughout your studies, and academic support tutors work with small groups to provide support and advice.

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Competing and Comparative Justice: Values and Ethics in the Criminal Justice Process

    Examine the complexity of ethical problems that arise in the context of the criminal justice system. You will critically analyse some of the key debates about values underpinning lawmaking and criminal justice.

  • Communication Skills for Criminal Justice

    Gain the vital communication skills that will be used across the rest of your degree and in your career. These skills will be honed by using online, spoken and written forms of communication to debate many of the most pressing criminal justice and crime control issues of the day.

  • Crime Control and Community Safety Hub 1

    Through regular workshops you will be introduced to key research methods and strategies for engagement with outside agencies and organisations. You'll have the opportunity to reach out and work collaboratively with local organisations and community groups to provide advice and research input about crime and community safety issues.

  • Gender, Sexualities and Crime

  • Doing Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Learn about the vital skills of doing research in criminology and criminal justice, concentrating on the different types and rationales of a variety of research methodologies. You will be taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials.

  • Crime Control and Community Safety Hub 2

    Gain the knowledge to devise, implement and evaluate crime control and community safety interventions. You will also have the opportunity to further cultivate strategic and personal networks with potential agencies and employers in the region.

  • Criminal Justice and Crime Control Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £6,755
  • Home/EU (part-time): £750 (20 credits), £2,250 (60 credits), £3,380 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Hull pioneered this exciting area of study more than 30 years ago and is one of the UK's leading criminology centres.

You’ll learn by doing; bridging the gap between the classroom and the police station, between the lecture theatre and the community centre, and between research and policy.

You’ll be taught by a team of expert criminologists from a variety of specialist backgrounds including law, sociology, psychology, history, and politics.

This course aims to give you superior experience, skills and knowledge of how to think, act and reflect criminologically.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to applicants with at least 2:2 Bachelor Honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline.

Practitioners with relevant and extensive work experience in the criminal justice, crime control and security sectors are encouraged to apply even if they have not been to university previously.  Evidence of vocational qualifications, training, written reports and letters of endorsement from line managers submitted in support of an application are encouraged.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The MA in Criminal Justice and Crime Control aims to produce postgraduates who are versatile communicators, effective problem-solvers, policy analysts, and evidence-led decision makers.

Completing this course opens up a wide range of careers in the following fields: Policing, probation, offender management, prison service, community safety, crime prevention, private and corporate security, civil service, border agency, customs and excise, military policing, security services, legal professions, social housing, offender rehabilitation, youth justice, supporting people, crime analysts, victims and survivors support, local government, and retail and industrial surveillance.

The skills you’ll develop on this programme will be transferable in a number of other careers, including: information technology, management, and administration. Careers in retail and hospitality management, marketing and sales, financial services, research and product development are also successfully pursued by graduates with criminology qualifications.