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Criminology and Criminal Justice - MSc

Course Description

Programme description

This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of criminology. The MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject.

All members of teaching staff are active researchers and on this programme you will learn about and engage with the latest criminological research.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects across the fields of criminology, criminal justice, law and social sciences, allowing you to tailor a interdisciplinary programme to suit your interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses is made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory Courses (60 credits)

  • Criminological Research Methods (40 credits, semesters 1 & 2)
  • Theoretical Criminology (20 credits, semester 1)

Core Courses (20 credits)


  • Criminal Justice and Penal Process (20 credits, semester 1)


  • Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 1)

Option Courses (40 credits)

  • Cybercrime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Media and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Mental Health and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Police and Policing (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Surveillance and Security (20 credits, semester 2)

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come the start of the academic year.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the MSc have the opportunity to acquire a more sophisticated understanding of major contemporary debates in criminology in both its theoretical and applied aspects, and to achieve enhanced understanding and skills in research practice and method.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this MSc have gone on to a wide range of careers, including working with offenders and victims, for various agencies including police, prisons/correctional services, and governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Many have gone on to careers as academics or criminology researchers.

Visit the Criminology and Criminal Justice - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Last Updated

16 December 2016

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