A criminology textbook

Course details

Year of entry



1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)

Institution Code




Course Highlights


of the course is delivered online. 


modules studied. 


active lecturers deliver the programme. 

Why choose? this course?

This MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to offer students, with or without a first degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the opportunity to progress academically and professionally within the field.

The programme integrates theory, social research, skills and professional experience, preparing students with critical thinking skills for employment in the workforce in criminal and community justice related settings. It aims to:

  • Provide an advanced level programme for students wanting to critically analyse the theory and practice of criminal justice. 
  • Engage students in critically assessing and synthesising theoretical perspectives on criminal justice policy and practice.
  • Develop an advanced appreciation of the complexities of working in the criminal justice arena.

Key course features

  • A distinctive feature of the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is that it is delivered 100% online, affording the busy student the flexibility to access postgraduate study whilst maintaining other commitments. 
  • The range of modules are contemporary and relevant to the current criminal justice landscape, and will help to build on a number of key skills that will enhance students' employability prospects in the sector.
  • In addition to subject skills and knowledge, graduates will also develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning. 
  • The programme builds on the expertise and specialist interests across all of the Criminology and Social Work programmes at Wrexham University, and students will be offered excellent tutorial support throughout the course. 


What you will study


  • Advanced Research Methods (CORE)
  • Contemporary Crime and Justice (CORE)
  • Attachment Theory (OPTION)
  • Substance Misuse (OPTION)
  • Negotiated Learning (OPTION) 
  • Terrorism and its Consequences (OPTION).
  • Research Project (CORE)

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

We require an undergraduate degree classification of 2:1, but a 2:2 will be considered. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience. Applicants who live abroad are welcome to apply.

Teaching & Assessment

Each module (except the Research Project) will require students to complete a 4,000 word essay.

In Trimester Three, students will be required to complete a 10,000 word Research Project.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.


Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme allows students to reach their vocational aspirations, making them stand out to a wide range of employers attached to the fields of:

  • Probation
  • Youth Justice
  • Police
  • The Prison Service
  • Substance Misuse Services
  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Homelessness Services
  • Voluntary Agencies
  • Law
  • Working with Victims of Crime e.g. domestic abuse related charities.

With further postgraduate study, career paths open to graduates may include counselling psychology, forensic psychology, social work or teaching and research.


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our postgraduate fees.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.