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This course specialises in leadership and management within Criminal Justice environments including, probation, police, prisons, youth offending and security.
This criminal justice course will equip practitioners, whether statutory or third sector, with the skills needed to advance their careers. Whether you have studied criminology or social sciences before or not, this MSc is suitable for anyone with a genuine interest in this area and those looking to become leaders in their field. Choose from a selection of modules which allow you to specialise in domestic or international issues, and in either Policing or other Criminal Justice settings, or to mix these to suit your interests.
Explore a range of topical issues and threats which impact upon Criminal Justice and Policing Policy and Practice and engage with the latest criminological research and trends. Experiential Learning is embedded throughout the course and realistic assessments will be complemented with a theoretical and empirical study of national and international criminological and penological theory, criminal justice policy and practice and social justice.
Now more than ever, it is important to understand and address the variety of problems that crime and its control pose in contemporary society. This course will enable you to recognise these problems and to rise to the challenges that they raise for policy makers and practitioners.
The teaching team are all actively engaged in research in Criminology, Criminal Justice or Leadership. Our research practice gives our students a social science orientation which is distinct from MBAs in Leadership and Management. Our students become part of a community of research-active academics and local practitioners in Criminology and Criminal Justice; providing ample practical opportunities to draw upon.
This criminal justice degree will provide a domestic, international and transnational focus on the subject area, and so it is suitable for applicants in the UK and beyond.
The course assessment methods will consist of a mixture of essay, report, case study and presentation. Assessments have been uniquely designed to offer you experience of real-life tasks that you would be expected to undertake within the profession. Academic staff will use constructive and detailed feedback, enabling you to fully demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
Course hours are flexible to suit the needs of learners who are active Criminal Justice practitioners and teaching will be delivered via intensive study days. These will be available both on-campus and online (subject to demand for optional modules) and will be accompanied by bespoke one on one tutorials and online learning. You will be fully supported during your studying by our dedicated team of teaching staff, whether on-campus or online.
This module will give you an understanding of the academic theories of leadership, the leadership approaches of organisations within criminal justice and policing and the space to review and develop your own leadership approach. In this module you will move away from generic leadership theories toward a thorough examination of how to lead in criminal justice and policy in the modern era.
In this module, you will engage with concepts and theories of punishment to critically make sense of how and why we punish offenders in society. You will comprehend the different reasons why we punish offenders and critically analyse how the criminal justice agencies apply the punishments in practice to offenders.
The Module will introduce you to the key Qualitative and Quantitative approaches in research which will enable you to conduct, disseminate and synthesize a research project of your own choosing. The Dissertation topic whilst subject to approval, will relate to Leadership in the Criminal Justice System or Policing or be a specific organisational case study approach within the Criminal Justice System or Policing which applies and evaluates leadership and management approaches.
In this module, you will engage with the concept of vulnerability to critically evaluate policies and practices of the Criminal Justice System. You will gain an understanding of the ways in which societal inequalities such as race, gender, social class and ability are produced and how these contribute to an individual’s vulnerability to both criminality and victimhood and their experience of the criminal justice system.
On this module, you will critically consider the developments and contemporary advancements of criminological theory in context with the extensive societal transformation, such as globalisation, technological advancements and cultural turns which have taken place since the turn of the millennium.
Explore key issues and perspectives relating to prevailing forms of crime and criminal justice responses/processes in a global context. Interpret and evaluate how international and transnational forms of crime such as cybercrime, terrorism, and human rights violations are identified, researched, and responded to across Nation-State and International criminal justice contexts.
This module will allow managers within criminal justice and policing agencies to better understand international criminality and to utilise existing law enforcement structures to become more effective in responding to the threat.
In this module you will explore the contribution that third sector organisations and individuals with personal ‘lived experience’ of the criminal justice system, influence change through activism, education, research and mentoring. You will gain insight into the increasing use of those who have experienced imprisonment, probation, substance and alcohol addiction and mental health issues within both traditional (i.e. prisons and probation services) and third sector organisations.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
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If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
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We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent.
Experience may be counted towards your application. We welcome applicants with degrees in areas such as social sciences, psychology, business, law, education, humanities, health, arts, technology and the sciences.
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in all four areas.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course.
The fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £403 per 10 credits. Part-time study is not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 22/23 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Graduates will typically use this course as a stepping stone to a higher level of professional employment in professions specifically designed to meet the needs of Criminal Justice, their associated agencies and organisations.
Our criminal justice graduates enter the work force with a global critical awareness of their sector, and the ability to lead transformative change for the future. Graduates will be prepared to lead within Criminal Justice in a national or international setting.
This criminal justice degree is also suitable to prepare graduates for further study at doctoral level.
Graduates of this criminal justice course will be able to forge careers in the:
The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Applied Social Studies (CASS) combines original academic research with practice-based collaborations and reach-out activities, often working directly with practitioners, policymakers and front-line delivery staff regionally, nationally and internationally. According to the most recent National Research Excellence Framework Exercise, almost half of our outputs are either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The mission of CASS reflects that of the University's aim as a civic university: to take an active interest in the social issues that affect the region and beyond by engaging in research and practice-based collaborations that aim to improve living conditions, address inequalities and social exclusion and promote social justice.
Currently our research focuses around three strands: children, young people and families; communities, health and social exclusion; and crime, victims and social justice. CASS regularly hosts visiting speakers and holds events that you will be invited to. This can be an excellent way to learn from the real-life experience of people who already have a strong track record in sociological and social policy related social research. This is a great way to learn from experts in their field.
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