Applied Management of Offending Behaviour MSc
Why do people commit crime? And what makes them stop? Untangle the causes of criminality, explore management options and research routes out of offending. Studying with us, you’ll develop the expertise for a career in criminal justice.
What role should criminal justice agencies play in rehabilitation? How should we manage individuals who have committed a crime? You’ll learn how to question the theory, policy and practice of managing offending behaviour.
This Masters is perfect if you currently work in probation, prison, youth justice, policing or community settings. Or, if you’re ready to launch your career, we’ll give you a competitive edge.
Develop expertise in the issues professionals are facing while working in this challenging area. Explore the processes, contexts, risks and protective factors behind criminal behaviour.
You’ll look at the complex web of power connecting crime, law and order. See how offender management is affected by the police, courts and prison system and conduct your own research in an area that interests you.
What you'll study
Explore the roles of people and the state in different kinds of crime and offending. Uncover the complicated relationships and social and economic realities that lead people into criminality.
We’ll help you understand the risk factors that are linked to different offences. You’ll also examine the role of social, political, psychological and religious factors, as well as exploring historical and international views for context.
You’ll use research to analyse and assess how the police, courts and prison system manage people who commit crimes. Then you’ll investigate how offenders can be supported back into mainstream society. You’ll look at the how and the why behind rehabilitation success stories.
We’ll also cover research methods and research ethics to prepare you for the culmination of the programme. You’ll write a dissertation critically evaluating an area of offending behaviour management and identifying any gaps in current research.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Module code: HUG4030
Module code: HUG4048
Management of Offenders
Module code: HUG4032
Offending and Risk
Module code: HUG4029
Pathways to Desistance
Module code: HUG4033
Module code: HEA4444
The Social and Economic Contexts of Crime
Module code: HUG4031
How you'll study
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of report and essay writing, a presentation, literature review, preparing an article for a peer-reviewed journal, a written examination and dissertation.
Who will be teaching you
The programme team consists of research-active specialists in psychology and criminology, all of whom have experience of working with and managing offenders, for example in prison, youth justice, probation, policing, or international courts.
Current research projects include a focus on gangs, child sexual and criminal exploitation, police interrogation techniques, restorative justice, sexual crimes, terrorism, stalking, and procedural justice in the youth justice system.
Guest lecturers will also contribute to programme delivery, providing specialist insights into specific fields of interest within the criminal justice system.
You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject such as criminology, psychology or social sciences.
Applications from graduates with a 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a 2:1 in an unrelated subject, who have experience of working within the criminal justice system will also be considered.
An interview will form part of the selection process.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
There is an online application process for this course.
Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.
The Department of Law and Criminology is located on the first floor of the three-storey building which includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.
Where you'll study
Law and Psychology
for the course
£39 per credit
for 180 credits
for the course
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
Our MSc Applied Management of Offending Behaviour course is ideal preparation for a career in any of the key criminal justice agencies. You can use your Masters to open doors in probation, youth justice, prisons and the police. Our course is particularly suitable if you intend to apply for management positions.
You’ll also be well placed to pursue a career working with offenders outside of the criminal justice system. You might choose a role in community-based programmes, restorative justice, youth work or victim support.
If you want to carry out further applied research in the management of offending behaviour, this Masters is also an excellent launch pad to do just that.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change of Department - 3 February 2022
The course will be based in the Department of Law and Criminology with effect from September 2022 entry.
Change of Module - 23 March 2021
HUG4048 Dissertation (60 credits) replaces HUG4007 Dissertation (60 credits) as a compulsory module.
Change of Tuition Fees - 11 September 2020
Tuition fees for full-time study on this MSc are £6,120 for UK and EU students and £13,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21.
Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.
Tuition fees for full-time study on this MSc are £6,300 for UK students and £13,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22.
Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £35 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22, i.e. £700 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.
Tuition fees for EU students enrolling on postgraduate courses in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.