Examine real-life case studies to piece together the inner workings of serious crime, and the methods used to police it. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed for many careers in criminal justice, such as the Police, youth justice, the Home Office or border agencies.



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Criminology MA

Course Level:






How long it takes:

Postgraduate (12 months, 15 months full-time, part-time)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$15000.00

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Course Modules


Organised Illicit Trade
On this module, you will explore the structure and nature of organised illicit trade and discuss the concept of criminal networks, including criminal opportunity and routine activities, to analyse different case studies. These case studies will include financial crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child abuse, toxic waste and smuggling. You will measure and evaluate the scale of illicit trade in order to analyse the regulatory issues involved and potential preventative mechanisms. You will need to contribute significantly to the weekly seminars by researching and discussing different cases. You will be required to critically analyse the research in a specific area of organised crime and present your ideas. You will also produce a written portfolio including a variety of assessment methods.
Major Project

This module will support you in the preparation and submission of a Masters dissertation, allowing you to explore in-depth a particular topic that reflects your academic interest.

Optional modules



Admission to our on-campus program is made on a rolling basis, but preference is given to those who apply any time.

NU makes applying easy.  You’ll complete your application and upload your materials online.  We’ll review your materials quickly.    

Here’s what we’ll need (visit our graduate admissions page for information on each of these required items): 

  • The online application  
  • The nonrefundable $50 application fee  
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • A goal statement—Tell us about your professional life to date, why you want to pursue a graduate degree in criminology and criminal justice, and your future career plans.    
  • Two letters of recommendation—Your recommenders receive an online request to submit a recommendation for you.    


The master’s program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. To graduate, you are required to complete 30 semester hours. You’ll choose between a thesis or non-thesis curriculum. The thesis option requires you to work with a faculty member to develop an independent research project. The non-thesis option requires you to take the capstone course plus an extra elective. The capstone course allows you to synthesize everything you’ve learned into a culminating project.


A total of 30 semester hours is required, including:

Course Number  Course Name  Credits 
CRIMT 600  Criminological Theory  3cr
CRIMT 601  Proseminar  3cr 
CRIMT 605  Research Methods  3cr 
CRIMT 610  Legal Issues in Criminology  3cr 
CRIMT 632  Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System  3cr 
CRIMT 718  Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology  3cr 
CRIMT 730  Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology  3cr 
CRIMT 795  Thesis  6cr
—–  Electives  3cr 

Total 30cr


A total of 30 semester hours is required, including:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CRIMT 600  Criminological Theory  3cr 
CRIMT 601  Proseminar  3cr 
CRIMT 605  Research Methods  3cr 
CRIMT 610  Legal Issues in Criminology  3cr 
CRIMT 632  Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System  3cr 
CRIMT 718  Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology  3cr 
CRIMT 730  Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology  3cr
CRIMT 791  Synthesis Project  3cr
—–  Electives  6cr 

Total 30cr 

  • A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by University.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course

Fees Amount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1625


Careers / Further study

Combining law and business gives you more career options and a greater freedom of choice.

Depending on your specialism, you could choose a career in management, law, finance and banking and the public sector. Our graduates have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl. 

You may want to progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or undertake a business related postgraduate degree.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-centered, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

You’ll become a reflective learner and develop valuable skills for your career, such as self reliance and collaboration.

After your first year, you can continue to study Business and Law combined, or change to a major in Business (BA(Hons) Business Management with Law) or Law (LLB(Hons) Law with Business).

You’ll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you’ll spend in different learning activities*:

Year Scheduled learning and teaching study Independent study Placement study
0 24% 76% 0%
1 24% 76% 0%
2 24% 76% 0%
3 21% 71% 8%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you’ll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In years one and two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. 

All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and to arrange one-to-one sessions with tutors.


You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

Year Written exam assessment Coursework assessment Practical exam assessment
0 36% 41% 23%
1 36% 46% 18%
2 63% 32% 17%
3 36% 53% 11%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year



We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.

Study year abroad

You’ll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

Final year work experience

If you choose the final year Law in Action module, you’ll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with Bristol Law Centre, Watkins Solicitors, Red Cross, Death Row , Citizens Advice and local schools.

Pro Bono Unit

You will have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.

Supervised by academics and practitioners, you’ll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UNC Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.

You’ll get help to find all your placements and support throughout from your department and the careers service.


Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln’s Inn where you’ll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.

Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.

Study facilities

In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you’ll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.

Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.

In our specialist library, you’ll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research.

The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You’ll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databasesboth on and off campus.

Learn more about UNC Bristol’s facilities and resources.

Societies and Forums

UNC Bristol Law Society

Our Law Society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg.

Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the annual dinner. 

UNC Bristol Mooting Committee 

Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Committee runs regular moots and competitions.

It’s valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers’ chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.