This course is for both recent graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of the debates surrounding crime and the criminal justice system. The course offers an exciting opportunity to study both theoretical criminology and the more applied aspects of criminal justice.
The course is very flexible and offers you the opportunity to either concentrate on the more theoretical aspects of criminology or centre your studies on the more practice-based area of delivering criminal justice.
The course team has substantial links with the regional criminal justice system and charities such as HMP Birmingham and women’s centre Anawim.
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The course is designed to enable you to explore the key debates from both criminological theory and criminal justice practice surrounding areas such as serial killers and family annihilation. You will also assess the contributions of research to understanding crime and criminal justice.
You will be asked to reflect upon your experience of crime and the criminal justice system, perhaps, as an existing practitioner or through volunteering. You will look at one of the most significant factors involved in crime in contemporary society – the internet.
The course will help you develop and understand the principles and practice of research and form judgements on the relative merits of, and relationships between, different research tools. You will also develop the capability to design, manage and disseminate a research project to a professional standard.
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You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.
You would usually be expected to have a good undergraduate degree but admission will also be made on the basis of experience of a suitable quality and length.
|PgCert / PgDip / MA||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£7,500|
|PgCert / PgDip / MA||Sep 2016||PT||2 years||£675 per module|
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|PgCert / PgDip / MA||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
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We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000?
Advanced Research Methods
This module provides an understanding of the research process and to develop research techniques. It forms part of a procedure that prepares you for the completion of the research proposal and the extended project.
Introducing you to a broad range of theories on crime and criminality at an advanced level, this module seeks to develop your appreciation of how different perspectives have contributed to our understandings of crime and criminality.
This module provides you with a detailed understanding of the psychological approaches to explaining the development of criminal behaviour and re-offending, the effects of offending on victims and, the role psychology may play in the treatment and management of offenders.
Research Proposal (Evening Sessions)
You will be required to develop a detailed plan for the research you are going to undertake during the Masters stage. This will require that you come to a clear and focused decision on the subject that you are going to research.
You will look at one of the most significant factors involved in crime in contemporary society – the internet. We encourage you to reflect upon the public controversy of the Internet as enabler of criminality and the social construction of norms and values surrounding the Internet.
Penal Theory and Practice
This module provides insights into modern penal practice and complements criminological thought by examining some of the theoretical and philosophical debates that inform policy and official conduct in sentencing.
You will explore what is meant by the term “restorative justice” and you will consider the implementation of this approach to criminal justice in England and Wales and beyond.
Reflective Practice or Criminological Issues
Criminological Issues (Evening Sessions) – This module will broaden the knowledge of theory related to crime and criminology and criminal justice practice. You will seek to move out from the core areas of criminological thought and consider some of the developing themes in criminology and related disciplines.
Reflective Practice – This module will require you to gain some experience of practice within the criminal justice system. This practice may either be as paid work, possibly with an existing employer or, it may be through appropriate volunteering.
This module will require the demonstration of skills such as; the critical use of advanced research methods, an awareness of the ethical issues raised by empirical research and, a capacity to clearly communicate complex material in an extended piece of writing.
The course is taught in weekly seminars, tutorials and workshops, which encourage substantial student participation. Our virtual learning environment is also used to deliver some content and facilitate communication remotely.
The Master's stage of the course is delivered and assessed through an extended project supervised through evening workgroups and through one-to-one supervision.
The course has three formal stages:
Full-time students will complete all stages in one year from September to September. Part-time students would normally complete the diploma and masters stages in two years.
Some modules may be taken as stand-alone short courses and if you start accumulating individual modules, you may apply for accreditation towards the award of the Certificate, Diploma or Masters.
The main reason why I came to study at Birmingham City University is that I won a bursary offered by the Howard League for Penal Reform which covered my fees for the MA Criminology course. What also attracted me to this course was the range of expertise of the tutors, the location and the fact that the course had such close links with the Howard League.
I’d recommend to anybody to throw themselves into their studies. I definitely think that at the University, especially at postgraduate level, the opportunities that are available to you are second to none.
Qualified candidates may apply to enrol on research degree programmes leading to the award of Doctor of Philosophy. Several of our graduates have now advanced to doctoral study either at this University or elsewhere and two are now lecturers within the School of Social Sciences.
Lecturing in Further Education
I chose to study at Birmingham City University because of the Centre for Applied Criminology is highly respected and coming from Staffordshire it is local to me.
We have strong links with both HMP Birmingham and HMP Grendon. We aim to organise at least one visit per term to either site with the option to take part in various debates with prisoners and learn more about the facilities from staff.
Alongside this we regularly have guest lecturers from the police and various regional charities.
The Master's teaching team, combined with the expertise of The Centre for Applied Criminology give you excellent access to experienced practitioners and Criminal Justice System organisations.
The reflective practice module is centred on work or volunteering experience to further develop your professional skillset.
The access provided to professionals, the presence of practitioners among fellow students, and the capacity to reflect upon relevant volunteering or work experience within the structure of the course, means that the course provides excellent opportunities for building contacts and networking as well as developing opportunities for employment.
Previous students have included prison governors and senior prison officers; police personnel, including officers and civilian analysts; probation personnel; magistrates; media commentators and a television producer; and employees of charities and bodies including NACRO, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and the New Bridge.
The programme does not offer a formal placement. However, the programme incorporates a module which is based upon work or volunteering experience.
The course team can assist students in finding volunteering experience and has substantial experience of doing so at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Research Proposal and Extend Project module permits students to undertake research and writing relating to their current work or voluntary experience.
The School of Social Sciences has relationships with a number of criminal justice agencies and non-government organisations, including the local Community Safety Partnership, HMP Grendon and the Howard League. Previous students have visited the high security HMP Grendon.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’ are also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying the routeway BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation, you’ will experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
You’ will have access to the University's computer laboratories, while oral presentation of evidence will be set in one of two mock court rooms, and also supported by video recording and playback analysis.
The emerging computer-generated University virtual world development known as 'Shareville', will support case study/crime scene environment scenarios.
Matthew Cremin has worked for Birmingham City University for 20 years. After initially teaching politics, Matthew now concentrates on teaching a range of criminal justice and criminology modules in areas surrounding addiction, forensic science and criminological theory.