Kingston University

12 months
14500 GBP/year
8190 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Criminology course at Kingston University is taught by a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team. Designed for those with a background in criminology/social science, socio-legal studies or policy studies, we offer two MA programmes: MA in Criminology and MA in Criminology with Forensic Psychology. Both programmes can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.


The Criminology course at Kingston University will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the complex nature of crime, harm and victimisation, together with an appreciation of the role of the criminal justice system in relation to crime control, protection and the delivery of justice. Our courses develop your critical thinking skills whilst also providing you with the tools to undertake rigorous, high quality research. Through a theoretical and applied lens, you will gain a broad knowledge and develop a range of transferable skills sought after by employers in the field.

Key features

  • This course provides in-depth knowledge of contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts.
  • The course will enable you to develop a critical appreciation of the dynamics between criminological theory and criminal justice policy. On completion you will be conversant with the current global trends in the exploration of criminological issues.
  • You'll take fieldwork trips to institutions related to the course, like High Down Prison in Banstead

After you graduate

Our degree programmes aim to provide you with a range of skills that will give you a head-start in today's competitive job market. Graduates from this course will be well equipped to develop a variety of careers across policy making, administration and professional practice in criminal justice. Possible areas include:

  • offender management;
  • crime reduction;
  • multi-agency partnership work;
  • security and policing;
  • programme evaluation and research;
  • local and national government; and
  • work for related advocacy and policy-based organisations. 

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Crime, Harm and Justice
  • Criminological Research in Practice
  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Green Criminology
  • Risk and Crime
  • Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights
  • Crimes of the Powerful: Corporations, the State and Human Rights
  • Punishment: Its History, Uses and Meanings

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, applications will close when the course is full.




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum of second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in criminology or a related subject; evidence of relevant certificated or extended non-certificated practice.
  • Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8190 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8190 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Home and European Union 
  • MA part time £4,504
  • MA part £7,975


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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