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MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Practice

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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2022/23

Criminology and Criminal Justice Practice

Full-time Criminology

Enhance your knowledge of criminology and criminal justice or develop a career in the criminal justice profession. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Approach criminology from an academic and professional perspective.
  • Engage with the criminal justice profession at home and abroad.
  • Choose between a traditional dissertation or workplace consultancy in your third semester — preparing for employment or doctoral study.
  • Study in the prestigious Helena Kennedy Centre of International Justice.
  • Draw on contemporary and future developments in criminal justice.

On this rewarding, varied course, you’ll develop advanced knowledge and understanding of criminology. You’ll study in the internationally-recognised Helena Kennedy centre, and gain useful contacts through study opportunities in the UK and internationally. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a range of exciting positions, and possess excellent transferable skills.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course provides a supportive learning environment, which balances subject knowledge, intellectual skills and employability training.

You’ll apply your skills through real-world experiences and active engagement with academics, volunteers and criminal justice practitioners. You’ll also have the opportunity to challenge, be challenged and collaborate in an academically stimulating environment.  

You’ll tackle subjects including criminal justice leadership and reform, research methods and global threats. You'll gain a high-level knowledge and understanding of criminology, and a range of key transferrable persona, professional and practical skills.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • workshops on campus
  • online support through the University's virtual learning environment
  • teaching input from industry experts
  • virtual lectures
  • peer support
  • reflection
  • guided reading
  • student presentations
  • individual student reflection on learning

Course leaders and tutors

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Paula Hamilton
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

As senior lecturer I am responsible for the development and delivery of range of Criminology undergraduate and postgraduate modules

Applied learning

Work placements

The course will offer a variety of work-based experiences that include live case studies, research collaborations with criminal justice partners, placements and study abroad opportunities.

Live projects

We have a good relationship with local criminal justice stakeholders in Sheffield and the surrounding region, as well as nationally and internationally.  These professional links enable us to provide you with opportunities to undertake a range of live research projects.

Networking opportunities

We have a good relationship with local criminal justice stakeholders who support learning and knowledge generation in the region, as well as nationally and internationally, through our professional networks. You’ll have the opportunity to network with professionals through seminars, internal and external speaker programmes and guest lectures.


You will be offered the opportunity to engage with a range of award-based competitions such as The Hallam Award.

Future careers

The course prepares you for a career in

  • the police service
  • probation service
  • victim support organisations
  • prison service
  • social work
  • youth justice
  • Various inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Third Sector organisations with an interest in victim support, criminal justice and offender management and support roles
  • further studies and academia

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Entry requirements

All students

Typically a degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or international equivalent or at least three years relevant professional experience. Applicants with a degree of less than a 2:2 (or equivalent) classification may be required to attend interview as part of the application process and make a commitment to engaging with study skills support as necessary as advised by the module team.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Criminal Justice Leadership And Reform Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Critical Inquiry In Criminology And Criminal Justice Credits: 30 Assessment: Practical
Module: Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Threats And Penal Policy Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Leadership, Innovation And Change Within Criminal Justice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Research Methods Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Criminology courses (PDF, 212.3KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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