Master of Science by Coursework in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • 1. Every candidate must follow, for at least three terms[For students starting from MT 2017: (or six in the case of part-time students)], a course of instruction in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

  • 2. There shall be a Board of Studies for the course, to be chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies for Criminology and also comprising all the members of the Board of Examiners for the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice for the current year, the Director or Assistant Director of the Centre for Criminology and a student representative (the latter for open business only).

  • 3. [For students starting before MT 2017: The course will consist of four elements: core course in Explanation and Understanding in Criminology (Michaelmas Term) and Understanding Criminal Justice (Hilary Term); the course Research Design and Data Collection (Michaelmas Term); options; and dissertation. The core course will run for eight weeks throughout the first two terms (Michaelmas and Hilary). The Research Design and Data Collection course runs for eight weeks in the first term (Michaelmas). Options will run for eight weeks in both Michaelmas and Hilary terms. Candidates will be required to choose two options in Michaelmas Term and three in Hilary Term. In Trinity Term students submit a dissertation 12,000-15,000 words long on a topic to be agreed by the Board of Studies. The required format for this dissertation is the common format prescribed for all law theses, which is printed in the Faculty of Law's Graduate Students' Handbook.] [For students starting from MT 2017: The course will consist of the following elements: core courses in Explanation and Understanding in Criminology and Understanding Criminal Justice; a course in Research Design and Data Collection; five option courses; and a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed by the Board of Studies submitted in the final term. The required format for the dissertation is the common format prescribed for all law theses, which is printed in the Faculty of Law's Graduate Students' Handbook.]

  • 4. The options are listed in the Schedule below.

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: 5. Not all options will necessarily be taught or examined in any one year. Details of those which are available will be published in the Graduate Student Handbook produced by the Centre for Criminology for the year of the examination, subject to any amendment posted on the designated notice board in the Centre for Criminology by Monday of Week Minus One of the Michaelmas Term before the examination is held.] [For students starting from MT 2017: Not all options will necessarily be taught or examined in any one year. Details of those which will be available over a two-year period will be published in the Graduate Student Handbook produced by the Centre for Criminology for the year of admission, subject to any amendment posted on the designated notice board in the Centre for Criminology by Monday of Week Minus One of the Michaelmas Term of each academic year. ]

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: 6. In addition to the options set out in the Schedule, candidates may offer any other option that may be approved from time to time by regulation published in the Gazette by the end of Monday of Week Minus One of the Michaelmas Term before the examination is held.] [For students starting from MT 2017: 5. In addition to the options set out in the Schedule, candidates may offer any other option that may be approved from time to time by regulation published in the Gazette by the end of Monday of Week Minus One of the Michaelmas Term of each academic year.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: 7.] [For students starting from MT 2017: 6. ]The course shall be assessed as follows:

    • (i) [For students starting before MT 2017: Core Course: There shall be 2 two hour examinations for the core course, the first to be taken in Week Nought of Hilary Term, and the second  to be taken in Week Nought of Trinity Term.] [For students starting from MT 2017: Explanation and Understanding in Criminology: Examined by a 2 hour examination in Week Nought of Hilary Term (in the first year for part-time students).]

    • [For students starting from MT 2017: (ii) Understanding Criminal Justice: Examined by a 2 hour examination to be taken in Week Nought of Trinity Term (in the first or second year for part-time students).]

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (ii)] [For students starting from MT 2017: (iii)] Options and Research Design and Data Collection[For students starting before MT 2017: Courses other than Research Design and Data Collection, Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists, and Qualitative Methods shall be examined by means of an assessed essay of no less than 3,500 and no more than 4,500 words (inclusive of footnotes, but excluding bibliography and appendices), for which time will be set aside during Weeks 8, 9 and 10 of Michaelmas and Hilary terms. A selection of three titles (as determined by the Board of Examiners), shall be posted on the designated noticeboard at the Centre for Criminology by noon on Thursday of Week Seven of the relevant term. The essay shall be submitted by noon on Wednesday of Week Ten of the relevant term. On submitting the essay, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the essay.]

    • Research Design and Data Collection, Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists, and Qualitative Methods shall be examined by an assessed essay of 2,500 to 3,000 words (inclusive of footnotes, but excluding bibliography and appendices), to be written between Thursday of Week Seven and Wednesday of Week Ten of the term in which the course runs. A choice from three titles (as determined by the Board of Examiners) will be posted on the designated noticeboard at the Centre for Criminology by noon on Thursday of Week Seven of the relevant term. The essay shall be submitted electronically by noon on Wednesday of Week 10 of the relevant term. On submitting the essay, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration. In addition, candidates taking Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and/or Qualitative Methods shall be required to complete to the satisfaction of the Course Tutor for the option a form of continuous assessment, which will be approved by the Board of Studies and the details of which will be published in the Graduate Student Handbook for the relevant year.

    • [For students starting from MT 2017: All other courses shall be examined by means of an assessed essay of no less than 3,500 and no more than 4,500 words (inclusive of footnotes, but excluding bibliography and appendices), for which time will be set aside during Weeks 8, 9 and 10 of Michaelmas and Hilary terms. A selection of three titles (as determined by the Board of Examiners) shall be posted on the designated notice board at the Centre for Criminology by noon on Thursday of Week 7 of the relevant term. Each essay shall be submitted by noon on Wednesday of Week 10 of the relevant term. On submitting each essay, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the essay.]

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (iii)] [For students starting from MT 2017: (iv)] Dissertation: The dissertation shall be submitted electronically by noon on Wednesday of Week Ten of[For students starting before MT 2017: Trinity Term.] [For students starting from MT 2017: the final term.] On submitting the dissertation, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the dissertation.

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: 8. The degree of M.Sc. shall be awarded to any candidate who achieves a mark of at least 50 per cent for (a ) the five options and the Research Design and Data Collection course, (b ) the core course paper, and (c ) the dissertation, as well as satisfactory completion of the continuous assessment element of the Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and/or Qualitative Methods.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: 9.] [For students starting from MT 2017: 8.]The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • [For students starting before MT 2017: 10.] [For students starting from MT 2017: 9.] Arrangements for reassessment shall be as follows:

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (i) Core Course: Candidates who fail, or withdraw from, either core course examination may resit the examination according to the standard timetable for examinations in the following academic year. Such candidates who have completed successfully either or both of (a) the options and Research Design and Data Collection (i.e. have obtained an aggregate mark of 50 per cent or more) and (b) the dissertation, may carry forward the marks gained for the successfully completed components. Candidates may also carry forward their certificate of satisfactory completion of the continuous assessment element of Research Design and Data Collection, and, where relevant, those of Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and/or Qualitative Methods.] [For students starting from MT 2017: (i) Core Courses: Candidates who fail, or withdraw from, either core course examination may resit the examination according to the standard timetable for examinations in the following academic year. ]

    • [For students starting before MT 2017: (ii) Options and Research Design and Data Collection: Candidates who have failed to obtain an aggregate mark of 50 per cent for assessment for the options or who have withdrawn from any assessment, may resubmit assessments for which they obtained a mark of 49 per cent or less. Candidates may resubmit assessed essays in which they have obtained a mark of 49 per cent or less, according to the standard timetable for submitting essays in the following academic year. Essays must be submitted electronically, and on submitting the essay, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the essay. Such candidates who have completed successfully (a) the core course examination, (b) the dissertation, and (c) any assessment for which they have received a mark of 50 per cent or more, may carry forward the marks gained for the successfully completed components. Candidates may also carry forward their certificate of satisfactory completion of the continuous assessment element of where relevant, that of Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and/or Qualitative Methods.] [For students starting from MT 2017: (ii) Options and Research Design and Data Collection: Candidates who have failed to obtain an aggregate mark of 50 per cent for assessment for the optional courses or Research Design and Data Collection, or who have withdrawn from any assessment, may resubmit assessments for which they obtained a mark of 49 per cent or less. Candidates may resubmit assessed essays, according to the standard timetable for submitting essays in the following academic year. Essays must be submitted electronically, and on submitting the essay, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the essay. ]

    • (iii) Continuous assessment element of Research Design and Data Collection, Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and Qualitative Methods: Candidates who fail to complete an assignment which forms part of the continuous assessment element of Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and/or Qualitative Methods to the satisfaction of the respective Course Tutor may be required to resubmit that assignment once by noon on Thursday of Week Ten of the relevant term.

    • (iv) Dissertation: Candidates who fail, or withdraw from, the dissertation may resubmit the dissertation by the required date in Trinity Term of the following academic year. [For students starting before MT 2017: Such candidates who have completed successfully (a) the core course and/or (b) the options may carry forward the marks gained for the successfully completed components. Candidates may also carry forward their certificate of satisfactory completion of the continuous assessment element of Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists and/or Qualitative Methods.]

Schedule

  • Comparative and Transnational Criminal Justice

    Comparative Criminal Justice, Security and Human Rights

    Crime and the Family

    Criminal Justice in Transitional Settings

    Criminal Justice, Migration and Citizenship

    Desistance from Crime: The Role of Criminal Justice Agencies

    Law, Economics and Crime

    Mafias

    News Media, Crime and Policy

    Policing Global Insecurities

    Prisons

    Public and Private Policing

    Public Opinion, Crime and Criminal Justice

    Qualitative Methods

  • Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists

    Race and Gender

    Research Design and Data Collection

    Restorative Justice

    Risk, Security and Criminal Justice

    Sentencing

    Sociology of Punishment

    The Death Penalty

    The Politics of Crime Control

    Transitional Justice

    Victims

    Victims and Restorative Justice

    Violence and Civilisation

    Youth Justice

Oxford 1+1 MBA programme [For students starting from MT 2017: (full-time students only)]

Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three month bridging programme at the end of their third term of the combined programme.

Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Saïd Business School to plan an individual course of study which will include as a minimum, the following three compulsory elements:

  • (i) Attendance of one of the summer elective programmes offered for the Master of Business Administration to be published by the MBA Director before the first Monday of the preceding term. Candidates would be required to undertake all assessments and receive feedback, but would not obtain credit towards the MBA. Candidates are not permitted to subsequently undertake the same elective as part of the MBA programme the following year.

  • (ii) A formatively assessed assignment of no more than 5,000 words (including all prefatory matter and appendices) supervised by the Saïd Business School academic advisor, which will relate the Master’s degree learning to an appropriate area of the MBA programme. Candidates would also be required to present a work plan related to this assignment to the 1+1 programme class.

  • (iii) Attendance of the MBA pre-course as described in the joining instructions for the MBA class, unless granted exemption by the MBA Committee on the grounds of prior formal study or work experience.