Liverpool Hope Universitys MA Criminal Justice provides an opportunity for criminal justice professionals and recent graduate students to work together to gain an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the criminal justice system, and to apply
this to practice and policy in the field.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of the major theories relating to crime and punishment, and the history and workings of the contemporary criminal justice system. You will be able to apply this knowledge to a range of issues and areas of debate within the criminal justice field.
Graduates of the MA Criminal Justice go on to careers in the police and law enforcement, law and legal profession, judicial and court work, probation, social work and welfare, youth services, and positions within central and local government. You will follow a programme of study suitable for both professionals working in the field and graduates who wish to pursue a career in criminal justice.
You will study in a stimulating environment which will enable you to explore the philosophies and structures of the criminal justice system and gain an understanding of its main areas of contention, including ethical issues that arise from the workings of that system. In addition, you
will develop an understanding of the issues and limitations of social research in the area. You will develop specific skills in social research, enhance your ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, and develop the ability to work independently at a high academic level.
Future Career Opportunities
The MA Criminal Justice will enhance the career development and prospects of those working within the criminal justice settings, as well as helping to prepare recent graduates for a career within many areas of the criminal justice system, including the probation service, the police, youth justice or the prison service. Graduates will also have developed the skills in research and communication and in critical and flexible thinking that are sought after by a wide range of employers.
The programme consists of seven modules (four compulsory and three electives) and a dissertation (final research project) totaling 180 credits. You will be assessed for each module. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, a research proposal and research dissertation.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
No work experience is required.
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Liverpool Hope University is the only ecumenical university in Europe. It has two teaching campuses, the main campus, Hope Park, which is home to the University's Faculties of Sciences and Social Sciences, and Education; and the Creative Campus, which is home to Arts and Humanities. The university has a student population of approximately 7500 and attracts students from some 65 countries worldwide.
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