This qualification offers knowledge and skills relevant to a range of professions and careers concerned with the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil society, civil liberties, human rights, security, safety and social justice. The skills developed will be recognised by employers in all fields who value people who can communicate clearly; plan effectively; analyse complex information; and show initiative in critically considering, formulating and investigating questions of their own and devising innovative solutions.
You will develop skills to prepare you for work in a variety of organisations and sectors concerned with protection, safety, and harm prevention, as well as sectors where analytical, nuanced and careful decision making is required, and where independence and initiative are valued. This qualification will also provide you with the academic skills to further develop theoretical and empirical understandings of issues related to crime, social harm and justice.
Please note that this masters degree does not include a research methods component. This may present an impediment for entry to some PhD programmes. If you wish to go on to PhD level study, we recommend you check the regulations of a potential programme of interest.
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