Are you passionate and committed to preventing and responding to serious and violent crime? Are you ready to take the next step in your career and become a leader in your sector? This unique MA Serious and Violent Crime will impart essential practical leadership skills for understanding, investigating, and responding to serious and violent crimes. The full flexibility of the course has been specifically designed to help you fit your career progression around your professional life.
We offer guaranteed admission onto the course for anyone with a bachelor's degree (2:2) in a related field or at least three years of work experience within the Criminal Justice System. The programme provides a dedicated support pathway that runs parallel to your studies to equip you with the academic skills needed to succeed, whatever your background is.
Using case studies, you will critically analyse a wide range of criminological topics within the remit of serious and violent crime, such as terrorism, sexual offences, and the dark web. You will also gain the specialised skill set needed to cope with traumatic material in high-pressure environments and lead teams through challenging incidents and investigations. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take confident strides within the field and make a positive contribution to your community in combatting serious and violent crime.
The course is led by applied academics with practitioner backgrounds within the Criminal Justice System, ensuring you gain skills that set you apart in the profession. They have aligned your course material with the latest sector standards to reflect the current work of all stakeholders within the Criminal Justice System.
If you're seeking a qualification that will help you advance your career and make a genuine impact in your professional life in the field of serious and violent crime, this postgraduate degree provides you with the unique opportunity to do just that.
The bespoke modules on this course cover serious and violent crime and its many guises. With its applied focus, you will gain the professional knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to lead in the sector. Covering areas such as reflective practice and leadership, the psychology of serious offending, and more, our niche modules will provide you with the unique opportunity to meticulously analyse serious and violent crime. Your degree culminates with an independent research project, allowing you to analyse an area of interest within a professional context.
This course primarily focuses on the current research-informed practices at use in England and Wales, helping you to critically analyse, investigate, and manage serious and violent crime. Additionally, it will explore criminal activity from an international context, such as the global impact and effects of terrorism and cybercrime.
Here at Arden, we recognise that not everyone who can benefit from this master's in Serious and Violent Crime will meet the academic requirements. Even those that do may have been out of education for some time and could use a refresh of their academic skills to enhance their chances of success. That’s why we created A-PASS.
A-PASS is a specialised support pathway for those needing additional academic support or wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills before starting their degree studies. Our academic team has curated this pathway to reflect the skills required throughout the MA.
We offer three free sessions delivered by our dedicated Academic Skills Tutors around:
At the start of the course, you will have a 1-2-1 meeting with our team to discuss whether you want to pursue any of our A-PASS sessions. The pathway will complement your learning, boost your academic knowledge, skills, and confidence, and support you in successfully completing your degree.
For me personally, I feel that the support network as a whole is exceptional. It's not just one particular part of Arden either. It's not just the students, and it's not just student support, it's everything, all combined. Everyone is on the same page. The inclusion portal now is fabulous, I love it, you know, I got really excited when I saw that.
The unique assessments on this course reflect the sector-specific skills needed by employers and are 100% career-focused. Each aims to provide you with transferable skills for your future and can include:
You will develop crucial professional expertise on the course, such as how to cope with traumatic scenarios and material, how to lead and support groups of people through challenging and difficult incidents and investigations, and how to navigate interactions with those accused or found guilty of the most serious and violent crimes.
You will also learn how to recognise the signs of burnout, stress, and PTSD, and what steps to take when you become aware of these affecting yourself and others.
This master’s programme has been developed with a focus on gaining real insight into serious and violent crime. In addition to our applied academics, you will have the valuable opportunity to hear from a wide range of guest speakers who are leading practitioners in their fields. Examples of guest lectures for our criminology courses have included:
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can study your degree in a flexible and convenient way. That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or desktop PC (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good internet connection. Through ilearn, our online university campus in the cloud, you'll be able to access your course calendar, support services, learning materials, and our online library containing almost half a million texts, as well as creating assignments, keeping notes, and collaborating with other students on your course.
To be eligible for our MA Serious and Violent Crime, you should normally have:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Dr. Emma Winlow obtained her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Criminology and Crime & Justice from the University of Chester and completed her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire. A public criminologist, Emma has extensive leadership and management experience in higher education and is passionate about accessibility, inclusion, and employability in teaching and learning. She established the School of Criminal Justice with these practices in mind. Emma is also a member of the British Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology's Teaching and Learning Network.
Our MA Serious and Violent Crime will fully prepare you to become a leader in the sector by imparting advanced professional knowledge and expertise. That means you will graduate from the course ready to take on more senior-level roles with confidence.
This postgraduate degree has been designed to provide you with the practical skill set to address serious and violent crimes alongside the expertise integral to meeting the fast-paced demands of the sector. While studying, you will:
Completing this master’s degree will open up a world of opportunity in criminal justice and related fields and provide universal skills you can apply to diverse industries. With that in mind, some career options you might consider include:
The course stands out in its modern, global, and practice-driven approach, equipping you with real skills you can apply to careers both in your home country and abroad.
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The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.
As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.