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MAPGDipPGCert in Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Central Lancashire

Masters Degree , Criminology

Course Description

The programme is of interest to both graduates and practitioners who wish to specialise further in criminology and criminal justice. Graduates may wish to extend their knowledge to prepare for a career in the criminal justice system or higher education. Practitioners may wish to update their knowledge or gain a higher qualification for personal or professional development. The programme takes a critical theoretical stance, considers applications and limitations of criminological theory, requires critical analysis of problematic issues, develops capacity for research by providing theoretical and methodological underpinning, allows students to choose an optional module from a range of specialist options that reflects the expertise of the criminology team, and within the MA requires students to undertake an extended piece of research or scholarly inquiry. As a postgraduate student you can make use of a wide range of facilities offered, including library facilities and student support services. There are 3 target awards which are postgraduate and part-time but distinguished by the amount of study required. Prospective students are advised to consider carefully the workload of each award. The PG Certificate contains a theoretical base, criminal justice topics and an option. Additionally the PG Diploma has independent learning based around a text and considers research methods and how to go about research. Additionally the MA also requires students to complete a dissertation. Students who register for the PG Dip or PG Cert and make good progress may transfer to a higher award. The programme consists of the following modules: CoreCompulsory modules: The Criminological Imagination Research Methods & Methodologies Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Focus on Texts Research in Action Dissertation (for MA only) Optional modules: Globalisation and its Discontents Social Justice & Human Rights Punishment, Community & Justice Crime and English Society: 1770-1900 Assessment includes: short essays (typically 1,500 words), in-depth essays (typically 5,000 words), literature search, research proposal, assignmentsprojects, presentations, reviewessay, and a 15,000 word dissertation (for MA only). Learning Environment: The programme is delivered on a Wednesday evening with four supporting 'Saturday Schools' providing a flexible study pattern allowing students to fit their studies around work or family commitments. All sessions take place on the university campus which is centrally located. Students learn in a variety of ways: short focused lectures, student led tutorial discussions, independent student learning, participating in debate, developing skills to prepare presentations, managing the research process, making effective use of supervision, and learning from the student group. There are a series of guest speakers with specialist knowledge of topical issues that provide opportunities for debate and interesting assignments. Careers: Postgraduates may pursue a career in the criminal justice system using the research elements of the course to develop an area of specialist interest that will be helpful in furthering their career. Practitioners can enhance their career development by specialised study and research in work related research areas, developing their skills of critical analysis.

The programme is of interest to both graduates and practitioners who wish to specialise further in criminology and criminal justice. Graduates may wish to extend their knowledge to prepare for a career in the criminal justice system or higher education. Practitioners may wish to update their knowledge or gain a higher qualification for personal or professional development. The programme takes a...

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