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Our MSc Criminology lecturers share how their experiences enhance your master's degree at Bath

Criminology lecturers Dr Jack Spicer, Prof Sarah Moore, Dr Pete Manning, and Dr Tina Skinner talk about how their careers and expertise influence the course.

On our new MSc in Criminology, established in 2023 and building on Bath's outstanding reputation in the field, you will critically analyse some of the biggest crime, deviance and criminal justice issues affecting society today.

Get to know four of our course lecturers and learn how their research into issues such as gender-based violence, drug markets, state crime and accountability feeds into your experience on the course.

Dr Jack Spicer

I am a lecturer in criminology and the Director of Studies for the MSc Criminology at Bath. I have written extensively on the emergence of 'County Lines' drug supply onto the policy landscape, the practice of 'cuckooing' and the associated responses. This reflects my wider research interests into the functioning of illicit drug markets, the enforcement of drug laws and drug policy reform.

On the MSc, I currently teach 'Contemporary Criminological Theory' and 'Criminological Ethnography'.

Professor Sarah Moore

My research interests range across the sociology of crime and justice and the sociology of health. What knits the various strands of my research together is an interest in how blame, responsibility, and accountability work.

My research is concerned with two questions: How and why are certain social groups made to feel responsible for their personal safety and wellbeing? And how do late modern social institutions make themselves accessible and accountable to the public?

On the MSc, I teach the unit on 'Doing Criminological Research'.

Dr Pete Manning

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. My research explores the connections between human rights, transitional justice, and memory.

I am also increasingly concerned with the intersections of environmental issues with these fields, looking into issues such as the role (and absence) of questions of ecology in post-atrocity social order.

The units I currently teach on the master's are 'Core Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice' and 'State Crime and Global Justice'.

Dr Tina Skinner

One of the founders of the criminology degree at the University of Bath, my criminological/criminal justice research has focused on gender-based violence. This has included investigating the realities of victim-survivors of rape and their experiences of SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres), the police and courts. I have also undertaken studies on the work of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and the effectiveness of healthy relationship teaching for young people.

Most recently my primary research focus has been the wellbeing of researchers undertaking such emotionally challenging research. This work is leading to major innovation in the way that the University of Bath and other institutions approach this issue and has sparked international interest, including the European Society of Criminology hosting a panel on Researcher Wellbeing and Emotionally Challenging topics chaired by the incoming president of the society.

I teach techniques to maintain researcher wellbeing on the unit entitled 'Doing Criminological Research' and supervise students undertaking research on gender-based violence.

Watch our course video

Dr Jack Spicer and Liz Kullmann explore the themes and topics covered during our MSc Criminology course and why Bath is a great place to study this subject.

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