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
  • Enhance your existing leadership and practice skills to support career progression and 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.

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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 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne campus


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or flexible as CPD

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. For more information check out our full entry requirements.