Kingston University London - Criminology MA

Kingston University London

Criminology MA

This course offers a critical study of the connections between criminological theory, criminal justice policy, and social control. You will examine the social, economic, and political contexts that give rise to crime and victimization.

You will explore and challenge formal responses to offending behavior, including policing, punishment and rehabilitation, and wider strategies of social control. You will study the criminalization process and engage critically with ‘what works to reduce crime.

You will develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills, and conduct your criminological research inquiry into a specialist area.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is well-placed for visits to crown courts, the central criminal court, and the many non-government organizations (NGOs) and charities connected to crime prevention and justice.
  • The course offers opportunities to access first-hand experiences of imprisonment, the transition from prison, and the desistance process.
  • In addition to teaching the substantive elements of criminological theory, research, and practice, the course examines an array of social harms and perspectives, which have traditionally been neglected by criminologists and the legal system.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 or above honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline.


    IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0.


Career Prospects

This course can lead to careers within various areas, working for both public and private organisations. This may include policy making; offender management; crime reduction and multi-agency partnership work; security and policing; criminological research; local and national government; and work for related advocacy and policy-based organisations.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for Metropolitan Police Service, Avon & Somerset Police, HM Prison Service, Suzy Lamplugh Trust/National Stalking Helpline, Prison Advice Care Trust, Security Services, Private Security, Victim Support.

Course Details

Criminology is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary subject that draws upon a range of theoretical frameworks and social research techniques to explore criminological phenomena. You will engage with the theoretical ideas that govern the discipline and apply them to better understand the substantive issues in the study of crime, harm, victimization, criminalization, punishment, rehabilitation, and justice. You will explore historical and contemporary criminal justice policy, practice, and politics in local and global contexts and develop a critical appreciation of the dynamics between criminological theory, social relations, and criminal justice policy. During your study, you will develop methodological knowledge and skills to prepare for your criminological inquiry.

Full-time: This course, studied across 1 year, is made up of 4 core modules and a dissertation.


Understanding Crime and Criminal Careers
Punishment: History and Meaning
Critical Criminology
Criminological Research in Practice
Criminology Dissertation

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