M.A. On Campus


University of West London

12 months
13250 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
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The MA in Criminology at University of West London will help you develop your specialism and improve your career prospects in the growing fields of justice and security. The course will cover key issues in the modern justice system, including online security, organised crime, terrorism and global security.

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You will study at one of the few UK universities to offer a suite of specialised criminology courses and you will learn from staff who are active in both research and practice. This course also offers you the flexibility to focus on specialised areas through optional modules.

Your MA in Criminology at University of West London combines academic rigour with the development of the skills you will need to pursue your career. Once you successfully complete the course, you should be in a strong position to seek employment with relevant organisations.

The core elements of the course will cover theory, methods of research and contemporary issues in criminal justice. This Masters gives you a range of options so that you can focus on what interests you, in addition to the core content.

The course structure will also help you to strengthen those skills that are useful to a range of potential employers. Your activities on the course will enhance your transferable skills in:

  • research
  • communication
  • analysis
  • creative problem-solving.

You will be taught through a variety of teaching methods, with a focus placed on active learning through participation. Our academic staff will use their current research and practical experience to inform your studies and support your development.

As you progress through the course, you will develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current issues. This will help you to reflect on your own development as a specialist in your chosen area.


On graduation you could pursue a career with a variety of organisations, including:

  • policing and police research
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Home Office
  • intelligence services
  • policy development
  • digital security
  • global security.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminological Theory
  • Research Methods 
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 
  • Dissertation 
  • Counterterrorism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent with appropriate criminology or legal content.
  • You can also apply if you have reached a high level in a criminal justice field of work (e.g. police inspector level or equivalent), or if you are a specialist in a criminal justice related occupation with extensive work experience.
  • You need to meet our English language requirement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13250 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part Time:

  • National: £4,250 per year
  • International: £6,625 per year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships and bursaries offered by UWL offer only a partial contribution to fees, students are advised to research a combination of funding sources for their studies. Each student will be granted a maximum of one scholarship or bursary from their applications, the highest value reduction will be applied.

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