You develop your knowledge of contemporary theory and practices in criminal investigation, relevant legislation, and information relating to criminal justice studies and criminal law. This cross-disciplinary programme develops your intellectual capability and enhances your understanding of criminal justice both national and international.
Inter-disciplinary by nature, this course incorporates the knowledge of staff with practical experience of investigation, law and research whilst offering a strong academic base. It has a clear focus which merges theory and practice and emphasises the importance of relevant legislation, policies and practices, linking them to the overall theme exploring criminal investigation.
This programme includes a dissertation module which enables you to focus on an aspect of investigation which is of particular interest you, relevant to criminal investigation, but potentially in relation to an area not taught within the programme.
You plan and execute a piece of original, empirical or theoretical, research and write a 20,000-word dissertation on a criminological topic of your choice. For the MSc Criminology (Contemporary Drug Issues), this must be a drug-related topic.
This module seeks to enable you to enhance your understanding of the sources of English law and the structure of the English legal system, and you begin to consider how the English legal system provides for the investigation of criminal acts. You are assessed by a group presentation and a 3,000-word essay.
This module focuses on the study of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. It introduces the philosophical paradigms which are central to both approaches and how these interact to produce the methods utilised. The module allows you to not only view these methods from a theoretical / academic perspective but also to engage in practicalities of these methodologies using data provided in seminars and assessment.
This module is studied online. It explores how investigators manage, direct, supervise and o-ordinate major crime investigations. It also considers a range of nationally recognised investigative strategies which ensure the ethical, timely and effective investigation of crime in accordance with legislative and police requirements and policing best practice.
Establishing an ‘area of freedom, security and justice’ requires implementing ‘flanking measures’ to prevent and combat crime. Areas of concern include terrorism, trafficking and other organised crime. You are assessed by a 1,000-word proposal and a 5,000-word essay.
This module explores organised crime and its investigation by drawing on a number of sources. Relevant literature is supported by academic expertise and a number of guest speakers who are experts within many diverse fields in the investigation of organised crime and its support. You critically analyse UK police investigative practices and those in other countries as well as the varying governmental responses internationally.
You are assessed by a poster presentation and a 4,500-word essay.
Modules offered may vary.
Teaching is student-centred to develop your understanding of theory, practice and presentation.
The programme commences with a three-day block induction period to enable you to meet staff and be introduced to the programme. You then begin a blended learning programme, which involves studying both in the classroom (one evening and one half day) and independently via on-line learning. This increases the flexibility of the programme and it is anticipated this combined approach of on-line study, evening and daytime study offers sufficient flexibility to fit into most lifestyles, whilst offering the benefit of the socialising aspects of group study. It also encourages the development of independent learning skills at an earlier stage in the programme, in readiness for research tasks.
These teaching methods offer you the opportunity to develop subject-specific knowledge and understanding, developing your cognitive-intellectual, practical-professional and generic key skills.
Your research skills are developed during the research module and further developed through the course, enabling you to conduct your research successfully towards more specialist fields of enquiry for your dissertation.
The programme involves high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction. It requires you to work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate studies. On the completion of this course, you should be able to plan, manage and evaluate your own learning effectively so as to become an independent lifelong learner.
Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each module, either via on-line tasks or by classroom tasks, offering you feedback to assist you to develop your skills.
This programme adopts a wide range of formal assessment methods which assists you to achieve the learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of your learning. Essays and other forms of writing are commonly used. These assess your analytical, evaluative and communication skills. Presentations allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the key subject matter.
Seen examinations test your knowledge and information retention as well as your fluency. You are required to undertake appropriate criminal investigation-related research. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialised area of investigation, displaying an analytical discussion of that area.
Graduates are equipped to work within, or progress their existing careers in, the criminal justice institutions, such as the police, prison and probation services, other investigation-related institutions and organisations, and relevant private sectors.
Applicants should have at least a second-class honours degree in a relevant field. However, those who have relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience will also be considered.
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