Criminology and Criminal Justice - MA

The fascinating discipline of Criminology addresses crime, criminal harms and justice and their impact on people at local, national and global levels. Taught by experts whose wide-ranging research provides expert insight into criminal justice issues at national and international levels, our MA covers the latest criminological theories, trends and developments in crime, criminal justice, and governance. You’ll be prepared for careers in law enforcement, planning, policy, social work, charity, advocacy and more. Should you wish to undertake PhD study or focus on research, we offer a research methods intensive pathway designed to meet UK government postgraduate funding criteria.

Month of entry

  • September

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Humanities, Social Science

Fees for 2024/25 academic year

  • UK - Full time £9,800 per year. Part time £5,400 per year.
    International - £19,500 per year.

Duration of study

  • 1 year full time, 2 years part time

Why study Criminology and Criminal Justice at Keele University?

Keele is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world for Criminology (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).
High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and research-led teaching drawing on experiences with government, third sector, police, prison, probation and youth justice services.
Flexible block teaching delivery allows you to study, continuing to work full-time or balance any other personal or professional commitments.
An approved route for PhD study, the research methods pathway responds to growing demand for research and evaluation across public, private and third sector.
Opportunities to hear from guest lecturers, when possible, previously from the police, offender housing, community safety, and those working with victims of domestic or sexual violence.
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MA Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate

"I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course. My favourite aspects however have been the small teaching groups, the diversity of students and their interests, the knowledgeable and supportive teaching staff, and the teaching content which has been challenging and thought provoking. In the last year I feel my Criminological knowledge has considerably improved, especially in areas that I didn’t even know I was interested in! The nature of the enthusiastic teaching has made it all so accessible and given the opportunity I would stay on and do the course all over again!"

Jodie, MA Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

KPA interior

Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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