Delivered by academics from the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in one of the leading law schools in the UK, the Criminal Justice and Criminology MSc offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge in relation to the study of criminal justice processes and criminological theory as well as develop a critical awareness of social research methods and skills used to undertake real-world research on crime and criminal justice.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the nature, purposes, dynamic processes and outcomes of the criminal justice process. A wide range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to your own particular interests.
Throughout the course, we’ll encourage you to:
Explore the complex and dynamic nature of the criminal justice process
Investigate contemporary policy debates and theoretical perspectives in crime and its control
Develop advanced knowledge of the research process and skills to undertake research on crime and criminal justice.
This programme is offered within the dynamic Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS), an internationally recognised research centre that provides an active and multi-disciplinary environment, whose members are committed to high-quality teaching in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law. The CCJS also excels in the production of research that is empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated and policy relevant. Research is interdisciplinary and often international in its reach. The University of Leeds recognises CCJS as one of its key 'peaks of research excellence'.
CCJS academics have conducted research for a range of external funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, the Home Office, the Youth Justice Board, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the National Probation Service and others. Since 2001, CCJS members have been awarded research grants totalling over £10 million. Such projects sustain the established profile of the CCJS as a pre-eminent research unit and ensure that our teaching is at the cutting edge of contemporary academic and policy debates.
The CCJS has an Advisory Board with more than twenty members who hold senior positions within local criminal justice and partner organisations, including the police, the judiciary, the probation service, prisons and the courts.
Our strong links with the local criminal justice community bring valuable benefits for our students.
Try our free short course
If you’re thinking of studying MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology you may be interested in our short course, ‘Incarceration: Are prisons a suitable punishment?’. This is a free 2 week course delivered online, allowing you to explore the ethics of imprisonment and identify prison alternatives.