MA Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology

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  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

Our MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology will help you learn about the causes of crime, the Criminal Justice system and cutting edge themes in criminological debates from leading experts in the field. There are an exciting range of diverse modules on offer focused on applying criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System.

Key Features

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology offers:

  • An in-depth understanding of criminological theories of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of international developments in criminological and criminal justice research
  • An opportunity to study the impact of social, political and economic factors on crime and criminal justice policy 
  • Enhanced employability for a career in criminal justice, academia, or research


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASCM43Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation ( Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology)

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASCM43Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation ( Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology)


Whether you are a practitioner working in the criminal justice system, a researcher wishing to gain a firm foundation for a research degree in an ESRC recognised Doctoral Training Centre, or an undergraduate aspiring to a career in criminal justice, our Masters-level degree in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology is for you!

Taught over one year full-time or three years part-time, you'll gain a range of skills in a supportive environment. 

The small lecture groups offer you the chance to voice your opinion and share ideas and will often feature guest speakers in the form of senior criminal justice practitioners, managers, and policy makers.   

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about countering Criminology, we want to hear from you! 

Students will discover how the criminal justice system operates in practice, learn key theories, examine relevant research in criminal justice and criminology, and explore cutting edge themes in criminological debates.

Ideally you’ll hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Candidates with a 2:2 or with relevant professional work experience may also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

How To Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for one of our postgraduate programmes is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

For more information about the programme, contact Dr Anthony Charles, Programme Director via +44 (0)1792 295358 or

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £7,100 £15,000
MA Part-time £3,550 £7,500
MA Part-time £2,350 £5,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery, books, printing, dissertation binding and photocopying costs.

Course Structure & Assessment

The course consists of Part One (120 credits) and Part Two (60 credits).

During Part One you will study a range of taught modules, which are usually assessed by a written assignment (usually an essay of not more than 4000 words.).

All modules are delivered by research-active staff with particular expertise in the subject area.

Part Two consists of a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. You will produce your dissertation on a criminological topic of your own choice under the guidance of a personal supervisor. You can opt to undertake a ‘classic’ written dissertation, or an empirically-based study.


Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Careers and Employability

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology can lead to a wide variety of careers in the public, private and third sectors.


Additional Information

We offer our students the best support both in and out of lectures. This includes:

  • A designated Academic Mentor and dissertation supervisor to offer academic and pastoral care
  • Social events organised by the student-led Criminology Society
  • Placement and research internship opportunities (subject to availability)

Contact Details

Anthony Charles - Programme Director

Tel: +44(0)1792 295358 


Meet our student, Nia

Nia Baker MA Crim

Nia Baker, MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

“The excellent quality of teaching and the support offered by the staff at Swansea is outstanding. Their expertise and guidance has enabled me to refine my academic skills, which has been invaluable for assessed work and active enjoyment of the course.

My achievements and sense of personal growth during my undergraduate and postgraduate study at Swansea University have inspired me to pursue my studies even further and apply for a PhD within the Criminology Department.

Whether you are experiencing academic problems around assessment or personal issues, no matter how big or small, staff in the Department are ready to support you. You will be appointed a personal tutor who will organise regular meetings with you to discuss your progress, address any problems you are facing and ensure the course is meeting your expectations.“