BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Course facts Name: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice Qualification: MA/PgDip/PgCert Duration: 1 year full-time. This programme offers both January and September start The course was one of the first to take an internationally comparative perspective across a broad range of criminology and criminal justice issues. It is designed to meet the needs of three groups of potential students: those requiring a thorough research training specialising in criminology and criminal justice; those who are interested in pursuing criminology and criminal justice to an advanced level; and practitioners in the criminal justice field who wish to expand their horizons from national to international levels. The programme components consist of a generic research module (The Research Process) for training in qualitative and quantitative research methods in the Social Sciences, specialised training in Applied Research Criminology and a module on international case studies in Criminology, which allows students to incorporate their particular research interests and areas of enquiry in comparative criminological and criminal justice research. The MA includes a 20,000 word dissertation.

Programme description

Course facts Name: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice Qualification: MA/PgDip/PgCert Duration: 1 year full-time. This programme offers both January and September start The course was one of the first to take an internationally comparative perspective across a broad range of criminology and criminal justice issues. It is designed to meet the needs of three groups of potential students: those requiring a thorough research training specialising in criminology and criminal justice; those who are interested in pursuing criminology and criminal justice to an advanced level; and practitioners in the criminal justice field who wish to expand their horizons from national to international levels. The programme components consist of a generic research module (The Research Process) for training in qualitative and quantitative research methods in the Social Sciences, specialised training in Applied Research Criminology and a module on international case studies in Criminology, which allows students to incorporate their particular research interests and areas of enquiry in comparative criminological and criminal justice research. The MA includes a 20,000 word dissertation.

Key Modules
Module & Subject

The course aims to provide advanced training in research and analysis, linking theoretical awareness with empirical studies in criminology and criminal justice. The taught element of the course is studied by both MA and Diploma students and consists of core research training and theory modules, plus a module focussing on international and comparative criminological and criminal justice research. MA students who successfully complete the taught element proceed to the research dissertation.

Modules:

  • Transnational Crime
  • Comparative and International Criminal Justice
  • Research Design and Strategy
  • Research Process and Meaning
  • Social Science in Action
  • Social Science in Action 2
  • Key Issues in Criminology
  • Troseddeg Fforensic (Welsh medium)

MA students also take part in the fortnightly lecture series of the School of Social Sciences. Visiting speakers and Bangor staff present topics related to social policy, criminology and sociology.

Research Dissertation:

The dissertation is a piece of independent research where you are expected to apply your research skills to a specific criminological or criminal justice topic. You will conduct this work with academic guidance provided by your supervisor who will be a member of the criminology and criminal justice team. 

Semester 1


SXU-4004: Research Strategy and Design (20)
SXU-4020: Social Science in Action (20)


Semester 2


SXU-4005: Research Process and Meaning (20)
SXU-4016: Dissertation (60)  or
SCU-4016: Traethawd Hir (60) 


Optional Modules
0 to 60 credits from:


September start choose 3 from:
SCY-4001: Troseddeg Fforensig (20) (Semester 2) 
SXY-4010: Transnational Crime (20) (Semester 2) 
SXY-4015: Key Issues in Criminology (20) (Semester 1)
SXY-4020: Comparative & Intl Crim Just (20) (Semester 1) 
SXU-4021: Social Science in Action 2 (20) (Semester 2)


The above optional modules are available to students arriving in September.


0 to 60 credits from:
January start choose 3 from:
SCY-4001: Troseddeg Fforensig (20) (Semester 2) 
SXY-4010: Transnational Crime (20) (Semester 2) 
SXY-4015: Key Issues in Criminology (20) (Semester 1)
SXY-4020: Comparative & Intl Crim Just (20) (Semester 1) 
The above optional modules are available to students arriving in January.

Entry Requirements

A single or joint honours degree of at least 2(ii) classification in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Policy, or a related academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who have relevant professional experience in lieu of a bachelor degree will also be considered. All applicants in this category will be invited for interview.

If your native language is not English, you must provide satisfactory evidence that you have an adequate knowledge and understanding of written and spoken English: 

  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
  • Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)
Foundation Campus

Oxford International Education Group

Pre - Sessional English

6 Month

Valid Agreement with NE

Yes

Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  13500.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)-(15,November)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Bangor Campus, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG uk
Intake Deadline
JANUARY
SEPTEMBER