Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The newly founded Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has created a path for its graduates to obtain their postgraduate degrees. As a result of this goal, the Department has introduced a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. This program gives an opportunity for the students to enhance their knowledge further on advanced criminological theories and research methods on Criminology. In addition the students will be introduced to advanced applications in Criminology.

Objectives/ Graduate Profile:
The postgraduate student who completes the degree will be able to;
• Apply for the MPhil Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Gain a solid theoretical, methodological and applied knowledge of Criminology as well as Criminal Justice.

Professional and Employment Opportunities
Postgraduate qualifications in Criminology and Criminal Justice is certainly valued in
promotions as well as confirmation in one’s occupation especially in the areas of police,
prisons, excise, armed forces, judicial service and other related fields.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;
• A Bachelors Degree including 30 credits in criminology/criminal justice
• A Bachelors Honors Degree in criminology/criminal justice
• Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Completion of NVQ level 7 (BTech) with a minimum of GPA of 3.0 as determined by the University

Course Duration: 2 Years
Medium of Instructions: English

Course Description
The course comprise of 60 credits in total including a research project not less than 15

Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded through theory examinations and continuous assessments during and at the end of the semester. Continuous assessment may include individual assignments, group assignments, case analyses, critical incident analyses, term papers, midterm examinations, quizzes, practical and, oral presentations. Maximum marks that can be obtained is 50% for the continuous assessments with written or other examinations. The pass mark is 50% and candidate should pass all the course units. The thesis will be evaluated by a viva voce examination.

Repeating the course units
A candidate who is unable to sit or fail the course unit can repeat the examination. Except medical reasons the maximum mark that can be obtained is 50%. For further details please refer paragraph under “Repeating the course units” in page 29.

Awarding the Degree
Candidate should pass all the courses including the thesis and should possess a minimum GPA of 2.7 for a total of at least 60 credits worth courses. A merit pass will be given if the overall average exceeds 70%.

Payment Plan
The student needs to pay 60% of the course fee at the time of registration and the balance
within six months of registration.