MA Criminology

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Examine real-life case studies of serious crime and the methods used to police it. Gain the skills and knowledge you need for a career in criminal justice.

Learn from criminal justice practitioners how serious crime is detected and policed.

On our MA Criminology you’ll explore the practice and theory of criminal activities and investigate issues such as organised illicit trade and criminal enterprise.

You’ll study case studies of criminal activities including financial crime, human trafficking and violence prevention.

As a Criminology Masters student at ARU you’ll also engage with our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, which has links to local and regional forces and policing bodies, and to chief officers at local and national level.

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Hands-on learning

All our MA Criminology students have the opportunity to:

  • go on field trips
  • contribute to our research seminar series and attend the annual Criminology Conference
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest. 

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.

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Our MA Criminology will prepare you for many criminal justice-related careers, such as the immigration and border agencies, the Police, the Prison Service, the National Probation Service, youth justice, the Home Office, the court system, violence prevention or social policy and research.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our Criminology PhD. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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