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MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

Durham’s MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice has run since 2007 and reflects the Department’s longstanding interests in Crime, Deviance and Criminal Justice as well as the current expertise and specialisms of its staff.  This course critically addresses a range of key issues and debates relating to crime and the criminal justice system. You will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of crime, deviance and criminal justice from critical, theoretical, policy, legal, political and practical perspectives. You will also address issues of historical and contemporary concern, such as terrorism, sex work, legal and illegal drugs, crime in the night-time economy, forced migration, gender and crime, domestic violence, crime prevention, prison and punishment, policing, youth crime and justice, law enforcement and the use of new technologies.

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University student
As a Black Southerner from America, Durham has given me the opportunity to take my personal and professional development to new heights. Durham is more than just a name, it’s an entire community full of passionate scholars. Studying Criminology has changed the way I view the criminal justice system, as my peers and professors have introduced me to a variety of perspectives. The Inside-Out module gave me an opportunity to hear the voices of people affected by the UK justice system. The Department exceeded my expectations, with staff from various backgrounds and research interests always helping me navigate new ideas. Durham has given me the skills and confidence to make a change in society.

Solomon Hall
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2023
University student
I have absolutely loved my time studying MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice! There’s a huge range of topics that you can study from Social Policy, Cybercrime to Gender Violence and Abuse. This course has given me the opportunity to develop my academic writing, critical thinking and reflective skills. A highlight for me was the opportunity to be in the prison environment through both the Inside-Out and Placement modules. The quality of the teaching is utterly fantastic and the department is very supportive and compassionate. If you are thinking of studying Criminology here - do it!

Emma Simpson
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate, 2022