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MSc in Crime, Safety and Justice

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The MSc in Crime, Safety and Justice equips students with subject-specific knowledge about researching problems of crime, the formulation and implementation of security strategies and the exercise of justice. It draws upon research developments in Europe as well as in North America and Australasia and includes guest speakers from outside agencies involved in the policing, punishment and prevention of crimes and other security threats. The course then equips students with the ability to use this subject-specific or ‘domain’ knowledge to diagnose and solve problems of crime, security and justice.

Course aims

The overall aim and distinctive quality of the course is to produce postgraduates capable of ‘problem-solving’ in the fields of crime, safety and justice. As such, the structure of the scheme is based on the ‘SARA’ mnemonic (‘Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment’) which is familiar in policing and crime prevention practice as well as in the academy, in applied as well as in basic criminological research. The course also aims to develop research skills by providing training in research methods and to maximise career prospects by providing transferable skills.

The MSc in Crime, Safety and Justice provides, within a research-led environment, an education and, where appropriate, training for each student which:

  • Develops the student’s knowledge, experience, specialist and transferable skills to a level appropriate to the qualification taken;
  • Fulfils the student’s intellectual potential;
  • Provides for personal growth;
  • Maximises career prospects.

More specifically the Programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Acquire advanced transferable employment-related skills, particularly related to the SARA model;
  • Explore the applications of social research to crime, safety and justice.
Course structure

The modules that comprise the first part of the programme (120 credits) employ a diverse range of teaching including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent guided study.

The following modules are compulsory:

  • Research Design and Methods;
  • Critical Perspectives in Social Science;
  • Researching Crime, Safety and Justice;
  • Responses to Crime, Safety and Justice.

There is also the possibility of choosing up to one 20 credit module from the same or from other programmes in and outside of the school. The final part of the programme comprises a research-based dissertation (60 credits) for which students are allocated a tutor with whom they meet on a regular basis.

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School Contact

Masters Programmes Office, School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)29208 70284
Email: socialscience-masters@cardiff.ac.uk