MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Practice

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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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.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Engage with criminal justice professions and academic communities in the UK and internationally.
  • Explore a range of topics such as mass imprisonment, policing and green criminology.
  • Develop your skills through an academic dissertation or work-related project.

On this course, you’ll explore real-world contemporary international issues in criminology and criminal justice, from both academic and professional perspectives. You’ll develop excellent transferable skills to prepare you for further study or a range of careers – from policing and probation to youth justice and the third sector. 

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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. 

You’ll be taught by tutors from a diverse range of professional, academic and research backgrounds – all qualified educators engaged in impactful research and scholarly activity.  

Teaching is largely interactive – you’ll be challenged intellectually with a learning-focused approach that’s enriched by real-world employers and research. This means you can collaborate with students, experts and global organisations, preparing you to thrive personally, culturally and professionally.  

You learn through: 

  • In-person teaching  
  • Employer-led sessions
  • Remote learning and networking
  • Collaboration with international universities and professionals
  • Independent learning  
  • Applied learning

Course topics

While exploring contemporary international issues in criminology and criminal justice, you’ll use data to make criminological inquiries. You’ll put your knowledge into practice through a dissertation or work-related project. 

Assessments are designed to be flexible and inclusive and to allow for personalisation and the focus on real world experiences allows you to develop your postgraduate skills and outcomes.

You’ll learn how to understand, critique and create knowledge and information, developing and practising the key skills and attributes that are essential for your career ahead. You’ll challenge and confirm the personal and professional values you need to become an active citizen within a diverse society – ambition, collaboration, inclusion, innovation and integrity. 

Course support

You’ll have an exceptional, inclusive and flexible student experience, helping you to achieve your potential as a part of our vibrant Hallam community.

  • Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:
  • Access to an academic adviser for the duration of the course.
  • Regular formative feedback.
  • Feedback on summative assessments.
  • Support from the careers and employability service.

Course leaders and tutors

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Paula Hamilton
Senior Lecturer

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

Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen field. 

Live projects

Throughout the course, you’ll apply your learning to real-world issues, scenarios and research in criminology and criminal justice. 

You’ll be able to draw on our strong links with criminal justice and related stakeholders – locally, nationally and internationally. You’ll have opportunities to learn by working – interacting with employers and stakeholders at various points of your course. 

This includes an employer-led/industry-focused symposia – where live projects are set by external partners so you can apply your learning to the real world. 

You’ll later complete your dissertation or work-related project on real-world problems or live projects within the criminal justice sector or with other related partners.

Networking opportunities

In-person teaching sessions will include valuable guest lectures from industry experts. You’ll also have opportunities to interact and network with international universities and/or criminal justice professionals.    

These are great chances to engage with employers and apply your learning – enhancing your employability skills, attributes and values.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • The Police  
  • The Probation Service  
  • The Youth Justice Service  
  • The Prison Service  
  • The National Crime Agency  
  • Victim support organisations 
  • Various inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations 
  • Third-sector organisations (victim support, criminal justice and offender management and support roles) 
  • Further studies and academia 

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • Nacro
  • The Probation Service 
  • South Yorkshire Police (and other police forces)

Where will I study?

You study at City 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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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Most of our teaching is conducted in dedicated lecture studios, small teaching rooms and computer labs. 

You’ll work with:

  • Innovative digital teaching and learning platforms and apps 
  • Specialist software
  • Data analysis packages
  • Data collection tools

We're investing £250 million in new facilities over the next five years. This means students have access to new, innovative, and flexible spaces to study and relax in, making their student experience even better.

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.

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.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Contemporary International Issues In Criminal Justice & Penology
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Contemporary International Issues In Criminology
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Critical Inquiry In Criminology And Criminal Justice
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)

Elective modules

Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Reform, Innovation And Change In Criminal Justice Practice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Social Research Methods
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Work Related Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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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, 215.3KB)

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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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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