At a time when crime, violence and terrorism are high on the political agenda, Edge Hill College of Higher Education’s Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice offers a unique and relevant course of advanced study.

The ground-breaking part-time MA in Criminology, Rights and Justice brings together professionals and new graduates from throughout the North West.

Based at the Ormskirk campus and supported by online study, it offers a critical, in-depth analysis of current developments in policing, punishment, prisons and crime prevention. It explores recent changes in legislation such as the Crime and Disorder Act, the Human Rights Act and anti-terrorism laws.

Key issues include surveillance and police powers, the politics of imprisonment, the criminalisation of children and young people and international frameworks for rights and justice. Students can opt for specialist pathways, carrying out primary research, in Childhood and Youth, Gender Studies, Historical Studies or Mental Health. Planned to accommodate people in full-time work, the course runs one night a week over two years and starts mid-September.

The Centre’s academic team has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and publishing. The Centre has offered MA courses since 1984 and more than 40 former students now work in universities throughout the UK. Centre Director, Professor Phil Scraton, said: “It doesn’t end there. The courses have helped people find employment, change careers, gain promotion and update essential knowledge while engaging with some of the most significant issues of our time.”

For further information on the course, contact Howard Davis, Course Leader, on 01695 584376, or visit the website www.edgehill.ac.uk/cscsj/. For general enquiries and application forms, contact the Enquiries Unit on 01695 584274 or email enquiries@edgehill.ac.uk.