Comparative Criminology and Criminal JusticeBangor University
Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
The course was one of the first to take an internationally comparative perspective across a broad range of criminology and criminal justice issues. It is designed to meet the needs of three groups of potential students: those requiring a thorough research training specialising in criminology and criminal justice; those who are interested in pursuing criminology and criminal justice to an advanced level; and practitioners in the criminal justice field who wish to expand their horizons from national to international levels. The program components consist of a generic research module (The Research Process) for training in qualitative and quantitative research methods in the Social Sciences, specialised training in Applied Research Criminology and a module on international case studies in Criminology, which allows students to incorporate their particular research interests and areas of enquiry in comparative criminological and criminal justice research. The MA includes a 2000 word dissertation.
Research Interests of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Team
- Youth homelessness and crime
- Institutional child abuse
- Critical approaches to law, crime and criminology
- Sociology of law
- Public opinion on crime and criminal justice
- Penal policy
- Rural criminology
- Lay judges and jurors
- Procedural justice
- Popular legal culture, including film and TV
- Islamic extremism and terrorism
- Trust in courts, police and the legal profession
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A single or joint honours degree of at least 2(ii) classification in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Policy, or a related academic discipline.
Applications from candidates who have relevant professional experience in lieu of a bachelor degree will also be considered. All applicants in this category will be invited for interview.
If your native language is not English, you must provide satisfactory evidence that you have an adequate knowledge and understanding of written and spoken English:
- IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
- Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51)
- Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The course aims to provide advanced training in research and analysis, linking theoretical awareness with empirical studies in criminology and criminal justice. The taught element of the course is studied by both MA and Diploma students and consists of core research training and theory modules, plus a module focussing on international and comparative criminological and criminal justice research. MA students who successfully complete the taught element proceed to the research dissertation.
- Transnational Crime
- Comparative and International Criminal Justice
- Research Design and Strategy
- Research Process and Meaning
- Social Science in Action
- Social Science in Action 2
- Key Issues in Criminology
- Troseddeg Fforensic (Welsh medium)
MA students also take part in the fortnightly lecture series of the School of Social Sciences. Visiting speakers and Bangor staff present topics related to social policy, criminology and sociology.
The dissertation is a piece of independent research where you are expected to apply your research skills to a specific criminological or criminal justice topic. You will conduct this work with academic guidance provided by your supervisor who will be a member of the criminology and criminal justice team.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn an MA degree.
The course prepares for a wide range of employment including:
- Law-enforcement agencies: the police, customs, the prison service
- Public administration: including crime prevention units, offender management, general administration, international institutions
- Political associations, work for members of parliaments, for lobby groups related to the criminal justice system and to issues of social justice broadly conceived
- Research institutes, researching criminological and sociological issues
- Academic institutions such as universities
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