MA Criminology and Criminal Justice

Course summary

We have designed the MA Criminology course to meet the requirements of students wishing to further their studies in this vibrant subject.

Covering exciting contemporary issues within the criminal process, such as homicide investigation, the threat of global organised crime, fraud investigation and research methodology, the course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this competitive field. Furthermore, our highly experienced teaching team will ensure your learning experience will be second to none.

The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us as the top modern London-based law school.

Course detail

Coure Overview

During the course, you will study topics such as organised crime, the complex relationship between policing and public perception; key issues in criminal justice policy and the administration of justice.

You will also gain an insight into the investigation of homicide; in the UK and internationally; and gain an insight into the techniques used in investigating fraud and money laundering.


  • Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues
  • Counter Terrorism Policing
  • Investigating Financial Crime
  • Homicide Investigation
  • Organised Crime
  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification with appropriate content.

Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


UK fees

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International (non-UK/EU) fees

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Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

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During the course

Teaching methods

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods to meet different learning styles and objectives. Our teaching strategy places you at the centre of the teaching and learning process in order to stimulate your interest so that you learn through involvement. We aim to encourage you to learn by your participation in well-structured learning activities.

Teaching staff

Comprised of respected scholars, practising barristers, solicitors and magistrates, the wide range of experience that lecturers bring to the course ensures you will receive a strong grounding in the subject’s theoretical and practical aspects. In particular, two lecturers are members of a government advisory committee on violent street gangs in London, while one is a former murder squad detective in Manchester and the Head of School.

Professor Malcolm Davies is the visiting Head of the Criminal Justice Unit at the independent think tank ‘Civitas’.

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Career and study progression

You will acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding to succeed in a wide range of careers in the criminal justice sector. The skills you acquire on this high-level course are also transferable and valued across many other sectors.

Study progression

On successful completion of this course, if you wish to continue your studies with the University of West London, you will be eligible to apply to study for a PhD.