Criminological Research MSc


University of Stirling    Education and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip, PGCert 12 months full-time, 30 months part-time Award winner
Anthropology (2) Education (11) Sociology (33)

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Unleash your potential with the Criminological Research MSc programme at the top-ranked Scottish university. Dive into cutting-edge methods and approaches in criminological research, guided by experts in the field. Gain a deep understanding of qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and reporting, all while upholding ethical standards. Delve into theoretical foundations, comparative research issues, and the nexus between criminological research and policymaking. Whether you're a novice or seasoned researcher, this programme caters to all levels, equipping you with the skills to excel in research roles or pursue a PhD. The course structure includes a mix of core modules and a dissertation, with options for full-time or part-time study. Assessment methods are varied, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience. With a minimum 2.1 honours degree or equivalent, you can embark on this transformative journey towards a rewarding career in research, academia, or the criminal justice system. Join us and elevate your research skills to new heights.

About the course

This course provides you with expert training in the latest methods and approaches used in criminological research. We're ranked 1st in Scotland and Top 5 in the UK for Criminology (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).

We cover the principles of collecting, analysing and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data whilst also taking account of ethics, reliability and validity. You’ll critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin criminology and socio-legal research, as well as exploring issues with comparative research and developing an understanding of the relationship between criminological research and policymaking.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.




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