MA Criminology & Criminal Justice


The University of Roehampton’s MA Criminology and Criminal Justice will help you gain the skills required to explore and develop your research and your employability. The course content draws on a diverse range of Social Science disciplines such as criminology, law and socio-legal studies, psychology, sociology and human rights.

Our programme comprises five core modules – including a dissertation – and a number of optional modules based on the research specialisms of our high profile academic staff.

This dynamic and outward-looking syllabus encourages fresh thinking in the study of crime and justice. Our range of exciting new optional modules will enable you to specialise in key criminological topics such as migration, online harm, environmental justice and genocide.

You will gain a strong foundation of knowledge and be introduced to criminology within its historical and cultural context. You will also examine a range of contemporary issues such as global crime networks, mass incarceration, policing, organised crime and counter-terrorism.

The programme also offers a step-by-step theoretical and practical grounding in criminological research. You will gain key skills for your own research project, including research design, data collection and data analysis, whilst benefitting from the support of a thesis supervisor throughout.


Compulsory modules

Advanced Research Methods: Design and Practice

Harms, Crime and Power

Crime Control and Justice

Criminology in Practice


Optional modules

Genocide, Atrocities and International Justice

International Development and Economic Justice

Identity, Diversity and Human Rights

Environmental Crime, Justice and Politics

Breaking the Internet: Crimes, Harms and Injustice

Migration, Criminal Justice and Citizenship

Criminology Advanced Placement


Dissertation module

Dissertation (Criminology)

Career option

You will be equipped with the knowledge, competencies, and skills to prepare you for further study at the Ph.D. level or for careers both within and outside of the criminal justice sector.