MSc, MPhil, PhD Criminology and Criminal Justice

Target Groups

This graduate programme is designed for persons currently in or desirous of pursuing a career in such professional areas as the protective services (e.g., police, prisons, defence force, fire services), social welfare, counselling, teaching, research, judicial administration, mediation and rehabilitation. The programme will also strengthen the executive decision-making skills of students such that they can also function as professional managers and policy makers.

 

Programme Description:

Master of Science (MSc) Degree

The MSc is designed for students who seek a judicious mixture of theoretical and applied criminology. That is, they will undertake a set of core courses as well as other policy-oriented courses.

 

The course requirements for the MSc are 36 credits: that is, ten semester courses and a research project. For award of the degree, students are expected to gain at least a “B” in each of these requirements (i.e., courses and project). The course sequence, contents and readings are listed below.

 

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree

The MPhil is for those who seek substantial competence in conceptualising criminological problems and subjecting these to sound research design, data analysis and policy formulation. It is largely a research-oriented degree, possibly making the way towards the PhD degree.

 

In addition to the thesis requirement, students are required to obtain six credits from prescribed departmental courses and as well to present two seminar papers during their period of study. The MPhil research thesis will be examined according to University regulations. The passing grade for coursework and final examinations respectively is at least a “B” (i.e., 50%).

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

This is primarily a research degree and is examinable according to University regulations.

 

In addition to the thesis which must reflect original work, students are required to successfully complete nine credits from prescribed departmental courses, and as well, present three seminar papers during their period of study. The passing grade for coursework and final examinations respectively is at least a “B” (i.e., 50%).

 

ASSESSMENT:

In each of these three graduate programmes, students must pass with at least 50% in coursework and the final examination respectively in the courses taken. A student will be allowed to repeat any failed course only once.

According to University regulations, a student may be asked to withdraw from the programme if his or her rate of progress is deemed unsatisfactory by the supervisor.

 

Advisory Committees from both internal and external sources will be established to guide graduate students in the most appropriate manner. For example, if part of a student’s research interest is in an area which does not fully match current staff expertise, an appropriate expert from outside the faculty may be invited to join the advisory committee.

 

Upgrade

A student registered for the MPhil degree, upon satisfactory completion of all courses and satisfactory research work on the thesis, may be allowed to submit a proposal and make an oral presentation for upgrade to the PhD degree.

 

Qualifications for Admission:

Master of Science (MSc) Degree

A good undergraduate degree in the social sciences, preferably at least an upper second class honours in criminology, sociology, psychology, social work or in any discipline considered relevant. Depending on their class of degree and/or level of relevant experience, applicants may be required to complete some qualifying courses in the Department.

 

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree

At least an upper second class honours degree in sociology, psychology, social work or in any discipline considered relevant. Relevant experience or some proof of research competence will be favourably considered alongside the undergraduate degree. Depending on their class of degree and/or relevant experience, applicants may be required to complete some qualifying courses.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

Acceptance to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree will be according to the following University regulations:

 

  1. Persons holding approved graduate degrees awarded primarily for research;
  2. Persons holding a taught Master’s degree from The UWI or another approved University, provided that the Master’s programme included a research component of at least 25% of the total credit rating and the applicant achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent;
  3. Persons registered in MPhil degree programmes of The UWI who have met the requirements for upgrading of their registration, as stipulated by the Board for Graduate Studies and Research;
  4. Persons possessing such other qualifications and experience as the Board for Graduate Studies and Research may approve.

 

Qualifying Students

This category means those applicants who are required to register as qualifying students and who must successfully pass prescribed qualifying examinations within two semesters (if full-time) or four semesters (if part-time.)

 

The same pass mark (50%) is required for all such qualifying courses.

 

Course Content

Emphasis has been placed on having course content relevant to contemporary concerns such as the police and the community, prisoner recidivism and re-offending, alternatives to punishment, professional ethics and interpersonal skills, the linkage of criminological research with public policy, etc. The programme will naturally emphasise Caribbean concerns and research, but at the same time lodge such concerns in an international context with respect to both theory, research and public policy.

The major controversies and dilemmas facing the fields of criminology and criminal justice will also be presented (e.g., alternatives to prison, the adversarial system of justice, jury trials, law enforcement vs. community policing, etc.).

 

Further, through the relevant theory and research, we will discuss the relationships between crime and the criminal justice system on the one hand and ethnicity, social class and gender on the other, and the implications for social equity and civil society. The programme therefore seeks to have a judicious mixture of theory, research and practical applications as far as possible. The research project in particular is designed to help the student link theory with research and policy applications.

 

Period of Study

(Part-time and Full-time)

 

Master of Science (MSc) Degree

Full-time: One year (September 1–August 31; that is, two consecutive semesters and the mid-year period (May 1- August 31) = twelve  consecutive months.

 

Part-time: Two years, with the research project period adjusted accordingly. That is, two consecutive semesters in Year One, then two consecutive semesters in Year Two, and the mid-year period in the Second Year.

 

Degree Requirements:

Master of Science (MSc) Degree

Thirty-six (36) credits:

  1. Thirty (30) course credits
  2. A Research Project (6 credits)

 

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree

Six (6) course credits, two (2) seminar presentations, and a thesis.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

Nine (9) course credits, three (3) seminar presentations, and a thesis.

 

Course Listing – Msc Criminology and Criminal Justice

SEMESTER ONE: SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

CRMJ 6001

Theories and Research Issues in Criminology

3

CRMJ 6002

Research Methods and Statistics in Criminology

3

CRMJ 6003

Sentencing, Corrections and Penal Reform

3

CRMJ 6013

Reading Course

3

AND any one of the following

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

CRMJ 6004

Terrorism and Political Violence    

3

CRMJ 6005

Victims of Crime: Rights and Welfare

3

CRMJ 6006

Corporate Crime and State Corruption

3

SOWK 6011

Restorative Justice

3

 

SEMESTER TWO: JANUARY-MAY

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

CRMJ 6007

Youth Violence and Delinquency

3

CRMJ 6008

Crime, Police and Society

3

CRMJ 6010

Crime and Public Policy

3

AND any two of the following

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

CRMJ 6009

Criminal Law and Procedure       

3

CRMJ 6011

Professional Ethics in Policing and Criminal Justice

3

CRMJ 6012

Crime, Media and Society

3

SOCI 6007

Beyond Race and Racism: Conceptualisations of Difference

3

 

MID-YEAR: MAY-AUGUST

Course Code          Course Title                                                                                                                           Credits 

CRMJ 6000             Research Project                                                                                                                        6

 

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