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Study MSc Criminology at Bath – find out more and register

Scheduled to launch in 2023 (subject to approval) our Department of Social & Policy Science is starting a new one-year, full-time criminology master’s course.

Our new MSc Criminology course will focus on the most pressing and urgent criminological issues and challenges in the 21st century to prepare you for a range of careers.

During this course, you’ll learn about topics such as*:

  • international criminal justice and law
  • contemporary criminological theory
  • criminological ethnography
  • crime in an international perspective
  • restorative justice
  • technological developments in criminal justice
  • state crime, human rights, and transitional justice
  • violent crime

Our BSc Criminology degree has been named No.1 in the UK two years in a row in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide. This new master’s course builds on the Department of Social & Policy Science's proven record in this subject to further utilise the expertise and knowledge of our teaching staff.

Once fully approved, this course will be open for applications to start in September 2023.

Who is this course designed for?

This master’s course is suited to people looking to develop an advanced understanding of criminological theory, contemporary challenges in criminal justice, and criminal justice from a global perspective.

It is designed for both recent graduates of criminology, or people with a social science or humanities undergraduate degree.

A young woman working at a laptop with a criminology book in front of her.

Where this master's could take you

This course will prepare you for a variety of roles in the following organisations and areas:

  • prison and probation services
  • victim support
  • offender management
  • rehabilitation
  • drug taking and drug policy reform
  • young offenders and youth justice reform
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Bath ranks highly in many independent UK league tables for the quality of its teaching and research**.

A woman (Dr Sarah Moore) giving a lecture.
‘This new course offers an opportunity to work with our team of experienced criminology staff. You'll hear and learn from criminal justice sector insiders, and gain an in-depth understanding of crime and criminal justice in an international context.’
Dr Sarah Moore Head of Department, Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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Register your interest Register your interest in this course and keep up-to-date with new developments. We will contact you when the course is officially launched and open for applications.

*All areas of study are subject to change depending on course approval. Once fully approved, this course will be open for applications to start in September 2023. If you would like to be kept informed of new developments related to this course, please register above.

** Some rankings are based on undergraduate data.