M.A. International Criminology

| Sheffield, United Kingdom
Law at Sheffield is forward-thinking and innovative. Our international outlook and multidisciplinary approach set the law in a global socio-economic context that gives our research an edge. Through close links with law firms, governments, NGOs and others, we’re driving vital debate on issues such as European healthcare policy, biotechnology and ethics, the internet, security and privacy.


About the course

Sheffield is one of Europe’s leading centres for research in this field. Our MA takes a comparative, international view of the subject, which is relatively rare for this kind of course.
The Centre for Criminological Research combines expertise from the departments of architecture, law, politics and sociology. We’re funded by research councils, government departments and international organisations.
There are three ways to take the course:
Research pathway - training in quantitative and qualitative methods.
Taught pathway - no research training.
Restorative justice pathway - features two modules on the subject.
There are regular seminars and conferences with legal professionals and criminologists from around the world.
Through your dissertation project, you will develop research skills and an in-depth understanding of the subject.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Starting in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.
Tuition fee

The annual fee for Home/EU students starting in 2015 is £5750.00.

Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Core modules

  • Responding to Crime in Europe
  • Issues in Comparative Penology
  • The Cultures of Criminology
  • The Research Process
  • Dissertation
Restorative Justice Pathway:
  • Research Training Modules
  • Restorative Justice
  • Issues in Restorative Justice

Optional modules

  • Freedom, Security and Criminal Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Crime and Late Modernity
  • International Crime Prevention
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Criminology


Teaching takes place through seminars. If you take the restorative justice path you'll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.


  • Essays
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

CAE score
180(Grade C)


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in law, social sciences or humanities. An awareness of criminal law or social aspects of the law would be an advantage. We’ll consider qualifications on an individual basis.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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