MA Criminology & Criminal Justice

Take your understanding of criminality and criminal justice to the next level. Whether you are developing your career or moving on from undergraduate study, this course will help advance your skills to meet the demands of crime and criminal justice roles.

This is an exciting new course that is currently being developed. This page will be updated with more information in February 2022. Please register your interest and we will email you when the course is open for applications.

Why study MA Criminology & Criminal Justice at BU?

  • Develop advanced analytical knowledge and understanding of criminological theory and criminal justice processes and outcomes, informed by current practice and research
  • Advance your leadership and practice skills to align with requirements from current employers in criminal justice
  • Conduct an independent piece of critical research in a related area of your choice
  • Develop advanced research skills for critically examining complex problems, suitable for theoretical and practical application
  • Consider criminology and criminal justice from a global perspective
  • Advance your knowledge of crime and criminology under the tutelage of our research-active teaching staff, bringing research and professional practice into the classroom environment.

Find out more about the content of this course

What can you achieve with a Master’s criminology degree? 

Whether you are already working within policing or criminal justice and want to develop your career opportunities, are keen to build upon an undergraduate degree, or if you are looking to start a career in this area, this Master’s degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding you need. The degree also prepares you for future postgraduate research. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2023


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne campus


1 year full-time

Course details

On this course, you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Our staff

On this degree, you will be taught by expert staff who have an in-depth knowledge of criminology. As well as being skilled educationalists, members of our team are actively engaged in research and professional practice, which are integrated into the teaching of this course. In addition to our criminology team, you will also have the benefit of the input of others with particular areas of expertise, including senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. Please note that staff can change.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.